one element of your final plan is to set 5 goals, one for each of the 5 leadership principles (Kouses & Posner). Proper goal setting will help you keep on top of your goals and allow you to measure your progress and success. First watch the video lecture and read the handouts & resources on goal setting (in separate Materials folder). Write one practice goal and rationale (see syllabus for more detail on this part of the development plan) for any of the 5 practices. In a few sentences, say the reasoning behind setting this goal and then clearly and concisely write your goal. Remember that it should be specific, measurable, and have a timeframe. The goal and rationale combined should be 50-100 words. You will receive feedback from the professor on your practice goal.
As part of this class you are challenged to analyze your own leadership experiences, including your strengths and weaknesses. First, listen to the podcast episode of WorkLife with Adam Grant, “When Strength Becomes Weakness”. In this they discuss the ‘reflected best self’ exercise. Think about a time when you felt like you demonstrated excellent leadership that reflected your authentic self, at work or in your personal life. Write a short story about that situation and in the story, you can describe the context, the role you played, the actions you took, the characteristics you displayed, the results, and the reasons behind your actions. Then, think of 2 more examples of times that you feel you were at your best and repeat the story process. Next, look for themes across the situations – what do these examples all have in common? What do they say about your strengths? You may choose to formally write these stories down for yourself or you can just jot down the details and the overarching themes you find. In 100-200 words, briefly describe the nature of the three examples you selected and what themes you identified with respect to your strengths. The professor will check that you turn this in, but it is for your own eyes only.
Link to the podcast
One goal of the course is to expose you to contemporary issues related to leadership. In our increasingly global world of work, it is important to be aware of differences across cultures in what is deemed effective leadership and the characteristics desired of leaders in various contexts. While it is important not to fall into the so-called “cultural attribution bias” (assuming that everyone from the same culture is the same and ignoring individual differences) it is still valuable to recognize broad differences in values and expectations across cultures. Using the website clearlycultural.org or other reputable research source, select a country or region of the world to learn more about. This is an opportunity to research a friend or colleague’s national culture, or investigate a place you have been or would like to go. Using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, compare and contrast (i.e. what are the similarities and differences) between that culture and your own. In 200-300 words, describe the comparison and include your thoughts on how it may impact leadership behaviors/success. This is an individual turn-in assignment.