unit 2

  
Unit 2 Assignment Information
Greetings!
Since we don’t have a seminar tonight and I won’t have an opportunity to “discuss” the paper with you, I wanted to provide you with some early guidance, so you will have ample time to ask questions, if needed.
Based on feedback from students last term, I have added my personal notes to the standard rubric. In addition, I have created an “assignment guide” – somewhat like a template. Each contain essentially the same information but in different formats.
My goal is for each of you to do exceedingly well on these papers! My recommendation is that you get started on the introduction ASAP – this will allow you time to write a great goal to maximize organizational performance through leadership. Next, locate the research and other sources you desire to use and “map” them to the various sections of the paper. The way this is organized, you should be able to write about the various topics independently … or a little each day. Allow time for the research portion to “soak in” and then you will be ready for the analysis followed by your recommendation.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Rebecca
Unit 2 – Assignment 1: Focus Paper
Write a seven to nine (7–9) page paper (2000–2500 words), not including the title and reference pages, explaining the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize organizational performance that includes the following:

Introduction to specific business      and organizational performance goals you desire to achieve through      leadership.
Discussion of the behaviors,      skills, and attitudes necessary for effective leadership.
Research on charismatic,      transformational, contingency, and situational leadership.
Selection of two of the researched      leadership theories and analysis of the ability of those leadership styles      and approaches to accomplish the goals as stated in the introduction. Be      sure to connect the research to the analysis.
Based on the analysis, provide a      recommendation for the leadership style most appropriate for achieving the      business and organizational performance goals identified in the      introduction. Connecting the research to the recommendations will make      them stronger.
Conclusion should summarize the      primary points of the paper and bring forward a call to action.

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 The Assignment will be evaluated using the Unit 2 Assignment Grading Rubric. Therefore, please ensure it is written with proper grammar, in APA format (including clear section headings), and includes a minimum of four cited and referenced resources—at least two of which must be peer reviewed (scholarly) journal articles.
 The overall point distribution for the Assignment will be as follows:

50% (75 points): Content, focus,      use of research, and organization
30% (45 points): Analysis and critical      thinking
20% (30 points): Writing style,      grammar, APA format

 Submit the Focus Paper to the Unit 2: Assignment 1 Dropbox. This Assignment is due by the end of Unit 2—Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. ET.
Specific assignment rubric with Professor Rebecca’s notes for greatest success:
  
Focus Paper: Write a seven to nine (7 – 9) page paper   (2000 – 2500 words), not including the title and reference pages, explaining   the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize   organizational performance
Assessment: GB600-1: Explain the leadership necessary to accomplish business   goals and maximize organizational performance.
 
Grading Criteria

Points Possible

Points Earned &   Comments
 
Content, focus, use of research, organization
· Response   successfully answers the Assignment question(s); thoroughly uses the text and   other literature. Includes a strong thesis statement, introduction, and   conclusion. The main points of the paper are developed clearly. All arguments   are supported well (no errors in logic) using outside sources as assigned.
· Sources   are primarily academic journals, with thoughtful use web sources. References   are applied substantively to the paper topic. Skillfully addresses   counter-arguments and does not ignore data contradicting its claim. Refers to   sources both in-text and in the reference page.

75 points (50%)

 
Introduction to   specific business and organizational performance goals you desire to achieve   through leadership.
Note: Please be specific … think in terms of larger   goals, those for the department or the business overall; how can having the   right leadership help achieve that?

8

 
Discussion of the   behaviors, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective leadership. 
Note: Important that you address all THREE … 6 points   each. Good place to bring in outside, reliable articles. OK to use text as   well. Scholarly not required but   sometimes helpful.

18

 
Research on the   charismatic, transformational, contingency, and situational leadership   theories.
Note: Important that you address all FOUR … 8 points   each! Focus on the organizational effectiveness aspects of each theory.   Example – How do they affect behavior or performance? This is the primary   “research portion,” be sure to use peer reviewed articles to demonstrate your   current research.

32

 
Conclusion should   summarize the primary points of the paper and bring forward a call to action.   
Note: Summarize but really focus on ACTION to move to   next level.

5

 
Integration of   appropriate outside resources – including in-text citations throughout with a   corresponding item on reference list. A minimum of four resources required.   At least two resources must be from peer reviewed (scholarly) journals.
Note: Please be sure to include in-text citations in   all ‘sections’ of the paper. Text is ok as one, but it should not be your   primary source of citations. Peer reviewed journal article citations are   required for the research section.

12

 
Analysis and critical thinking
· Response   exhibits strong higher-order critical thinking and analysis (e.g.,   evaluation). Paper shows original thought.
· Analysis   includes proper classifications, explanations, comparisons, and inferences.
· Critical   thinking includes appropriate judgments, conclusions, and assessment based on   evaluation and synthesis of information.

45 points (30%)

 
Selection of two of   the researched leadership theories and analysis of the ability of those   leadership styles and approaches to accomplish the goals as stated in the   introduction. Be sure to connect the research to the analysis.
Note: Think about a FUNNEL approach … you have   researched four theories, now, it is required that you select TWO of the four   (charismatic, transformational, contingency, and situational leadership   theories) to ANALYZE who well they can achieve the goal that was identified   in the introduction. Must include   citations to be eligible for full points.

25

 
Based on the analysis,   provide a recommendation for the leadership style most appropriate for   achieving the business and organizational performance goals identified in the   introduction. Connecting the research to the recommendations will make them   stronger.
Note: Continue the FUNNEL approach … you have just   analyzed two of the four theories, now, select single the “best” theory that   will most likely contribute to achieving the goal from the introduction. Must   include citations to be eligible for full points.

20

 
Writing style, grammar, APA format
· Appropriate   to the Assignment, fresh (interesting to read), accurate, (no far-fetched,   unsupported comments), precise (say what you mean), and concise (not wordy).
· Grammatical   skills are strong with typically less than one error per page. Project is   free of serious errors; grammar, punctuation, and spelling help to clarify   the meaning by following accepted conventions.
· Project   is in 12-point font. Narrative sections are double-spaced. Correct use of APA   for citations and references. Title page present and accurate.

30 points (20%)

 
Writing style

10

 
Grammar and mechanics   – including section headings:
Introduction
Content
Analysis
Recommendations
Conclusion
References
Note: Please see sample organization below AND the   Assignment Guide

10

 
Formatting and use of   APA

10

 
Total

150 points

Sample Section Headings/Organization:
Introduction
Necessities for Effective Leadership
Leadership Theories
Charismatic
Transformational
Contingency
Situational
Analysis of Two Leadership Theories for Organizational Performance
Recommendation
Conclusion

Please use the template that I have attach . 

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