One of my highest priorities is to continue my education, and to work toward my professional goal of attaining a leadership role within either the MnSCU Office of the Chancellor, or at one of our MnSCU system colleges. The Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate degree program fits well within my priorities and goals, and I believe it will give me the skills and knowledge necessary to advance my career, while helping me to learn more about myself, and how I deal with various situations. The following essay provides my definition of leadership, and outlines my style and views regarding all aspects of leading an organization, and of organizational behavior. I believe a leader is someone who has the ability to influence, encourage, listen, and nurture. They are able to inspire, stimulate, persuade, shape, and have an effect on others. According to John C. Maxwell in his book Leadership 101, everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone. Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader”. Maxwell states that “each of us influences at least 10,000 other people in our lifetime”. Maxwell challenges us by stating, “The question is not WHETHER you will influence someone, but HOW you will use your influence. I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to take on leadership roles, and to use these roles to influence others in very positive ways. As a teenager, my farm work experience helped to form my work ethic, and my ability to lead by example. During high school, I was chosen by my peers to lead them as class president, and as FHA president. During my years in college, I was involved in a number of groups and organizations which helped to build on my existing leadership abilities, and interest in being an exemplary leader. As an employee at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), I was chosen to be a Senior Fellow in the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Exchange Program. This program gave me valuable system and practical experience through a variety of components built into the fellowship. I was also chosen by MSUM leadership to represent MSUM in the Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. After completing the Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, I became involved in the program as a planning committee member and facilitator. I was then chosen to be the chair of the planning committee, and I am very proud of the work the group did, and the accomplishments of the graduates of the leadership program. This program not only helped to advance my leadership abilities, but it also encouraged citizenship, and community involvement. My current position at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is that of a Support Analyst. In this position I work with college campus staff to help to train them, facilitate meetings for them, and to provide communications to them. I am able to assist them in understanding new technology, and I work with user groups to try to make the system better for them. I have good organizational skills and I am very good at multi-tasking. I am able to lead by example, and I am often asked to organize and lead team meetings for my work group. To me a paradigm is how a person views things. The definition is “a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline” My paradigm for leadership is to have a clear vision and to be able to communicate this vision successfully. I think that the leadership capacities of collaboration, consensus, visioning, empowering others, developing teams and being a change agent are necessary skills for today’s leader. These capacities are essential not only in the school, or workplace, but also in service organizations, and clubs. Schools and school leaders from the local level to the national level are faced with declining budgets,
Guidelines for final paper
Final paper: Integration of ideas related to leadership, change, and communication.
This course requires critical thought about the course readings and class discussions in order to critically understand and develop your own sense of what leadership means, so the mid-term and final papers will focus on your perspectives on leadership and communication, drawing from the course readings and outside supporting materials. The paper will be evaluated according to the evaluation…
topics covered, but not policies) may be changed at the discretion of the professor.
This course is designed as a series of directed readings on the leadership of the self and the leadership of others. It requires an extensive amount of reading and writing. You are required to write fifteen short papers during the course of the semester.
Course Materials (Text, calculator, etc.)
There is a large amount of reading that is required for this course. However, it is important…
Introduction to Business (Keating section)
Team: Students may work individually or in teams of 2 or 3 persons (no more than 3). If working in a team, please appreciate that there will be one additional requirement. I will ask all team members to evaluate the performance of their teammates and based on those evaluations, the final grade of individuals on that team may be adjusted up or down from the team score.
Choose any one business enterprise to…
The following document discusses my final reflection memo on ADMG 372 Leadership course. This paper will include three sections of my experience, before taking this course, during this course, and also my experience after finishing the course. In this document I will share how much knowledge I sustained and gained and how I’m going to apply it in the real world.
Before taking this course
Before taking this course, I did not know that managing requires…
of different leadership styles
This paper shows the different leadership styles and how it can affect the team results. both the leaders try to motivate the team, one tries to motivate them extrinsically and the other one intrinsically. The paper says there is no right or wrong style of leadership, but a true leader motivates others to develop those leadership qualities in them and do better. This paper gives a description of the coaches and the team players who showed leadership qualities even…
Final Synthesis Paper
LDR 8530, Developing the Organization’s Human Capitol
Derek A. Smith
Janet Jaeger, Ed.d.
A course paper presented to the Organizational Leadership Program
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Doctor of Education
Nova Southeastern University
December 17, 2003
Visionary Leadership 3
The ability to create and articulate a realistic, credible, attractive vision of the future for an organization or organizational…
Participative Leadership: Strengths and Weaknesses
The simple act of making decisions is an essential task leaders must perform effectively to succeed. Behavioral theories of leadership focus on how leaders approach a situation and whether they dictate orders or involve others to encourage support. Research into decision-making behavior has identified three broad categories of leaders: autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire (Changing Minds, 2011). This paper will focus on these behavioral theories…
The purpose of the learning journal assignment is to promote your ability to personalize your
learning, and to apply course concepts to your real life. In my experience, students retain what
they write down in a learning journal for far longer than what they write in other class papers, or if
they are studying for exams. (There are no exams in my section of this course, for this reason.)
However, it is important to understand that your learning journal is NOT an edited version of your
class notes. It should not simply reg…
learning and practicing leadership and team skills, the course gives special focus to the individual and group aspects of organizational behaviour through the exploration of personality, values, vision and ethics, diversity, motivation, leadership, decision making, communication and conflict resolution. Leveraging diversity and navigating organizational change provide the context for the course. The course will provide experiential opportunities to develop team and leadership skills. Credit cannot…