Module 3 – Case 4 pages
Leaders and Leadership
The Case Assignment for this module involves viewing several vignettes depicting different leadership styles. Using critical thinking skills you will identify which leadership style the character draws upon and defend your answer using the leadership model principles presented in the background materials.
View the following six video clips* and follow the Instructions listed below to write your 4- page essay.
1. This clip is from Dead Poets Society. Compare and contrast the leadership styles of both Mr. Keating and Mr. Nolan.CineGraf (2014). O captain my captain!
2. This clip is from the movie Office Space where the main character is asked to work the weekend. What leadership style is Lumberg using?ResoluteProductions (2011). Office SpaceWorking tomorrow.
3. The third clip is a scene from Remember the Titans where the coach tells the players about the Battle of Gettysburg. mikedaquila (2011) Remember the Titans Coach Boone Speech
4. This clip is from The Princess Bride and depicts a battle of wits between Vazzini and Roberts where Vazzini has to decide which cup is poisoned.Vecchiarelli M.S. (2013) The princess brideBattle of the wits.
5. The fifth clip is from The Blind Side. What leadership style does the coach use and then what style does the mother use when she goes onto the field to tell Michael that the football team is like his family and he has to protect them?MacPherson J. (2011). Blindside p and p 2
6. The last clip is from The Devil Wears Prada where Andrea arrives at the offices of Runway to interview for a job as assistant to Miranda.moviemomentsAUSs channel (2012). Devil Wears Prada.
*Note: These clips are all on YouTube. If you cannot access YouTube from a network that blocks access you will need to use a different network or borrow another computer to complete the assignment. If neither is possible contact your professor for instructions for an alternate assignment for writing a research paper on the Complexity Theory of Leadership.
Discuss what leadership model(s) best describe the approach to leadership exhibited in the video clip.
o Trait Model
o Behavioral Model
o Contingency Model (identify which oneFiedler Model Path-Goal Model and/or Normative Decision Model)
o Influence (Power) (identify which oneReward Power Coercive Power Legitimate Power Referent Power and/or Expert Power)
o Transformational Leadership
Devote a section in your paper to each of the video clips. Each section should have a heading with the name of the video clip followed by the leadership style/styles portrayed. For example: Return of the Jedi (Coercive Power).
For each of the video clips you will need to use at least one of the leadership models listed above and a few have more than one portrayed. Also you must use of all five of the leadership styles at least once in your paper.
Analyze the effectiveness of this leadership approach. Give examples of how specific behaviors or attitudes illustrate specific tenets of the leadership model you have chosen. Defend your answer with examples from the clip and references to the appropriate background material.
Is this leadership style appropriate for this situation? Do you think it will be effective? Why or why not? Under what conditions might this approach be most appropriate? Most inappropriate?
There is not one right answer to which leadership style is being represented in each clipit is open to interpretation. However the critical thinking in this assignment hinges on how well you defend your choice of leadership style. Make a strong and logical argument by using examples from the clips to demonstrate the characteristics of the style as presented in the background materials.
Keep in mind there may be more than one leadership style represented in a video clip.
You may want to do additional research to supplement what is on the background page. Outside research does not substitute for citing and referencing the background material but may add additional support and depth to your arguments.
Your paper will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the Case rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:
Assignment-Driven: Does the paper fully address all aspects of the assignment? Is the assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
Critical Thinking: Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis in which information derived from multiple sources expert opinions and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?
Business Writing: Is the essay logical well organized and well written? Are the grammar spelling and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?
Effective Use of Information: Does the submission demonstrate that the student has read understood and can apply the background materials for the module? If required has the student demonstrated effective research as evidenced by students use of relevant and quality (library?) sources? Do additional sources used provide strong support for conclusions drawn and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g. references used from the Background page the assignment readings and outside research) been included and are these properly cited? Have all sources cited in the paper been included on the References page?
Module 3 – SLP 2 pages
Leaders and Leadership
Most of what is written about leadership has been written by western scholars and practitionersmostly from the United States. Thus what we have studied in this module so far reflects western assumptions and values about how to improve leadership performance.
But leadership quality we know is mostly about perception. If the followers perceive that a person is a leader that person will be treated with respect and the followers will grant him the power and authority to guide their actions. These perceptions can vary across cultures and successful global leaders know that leadership is viewed differently in different cultures and modify their behaviors to align with culturally diverse expectations. This is what is called Cultural Intelligence.
(If this is a topic that particularly interests you and you would like to increase your capacity for cultural intelligence you are encouraged to enroll in LED520: Cross-Cultural Communication and Leadership. This course can serve as an elective in several degree programs.)
The following reading discusses the importance of cultural awareness in increasing organizational effectiveness:
OReilly C. (2013). Why is cultural intelligence important? Retrieved from http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/topic/soft-skills/why-cultuiral-intelligence-important/181942
In this exercise there are two sets of quizzes (A & B) that you will participate in.
A. Select either theCross Cultural Work Scenarios or Working Globally Across Cultures quiz fromhttp://www.commisceo-global.com/quizzes/cultural-awareness-quizzes?view=qcategory&cat_id=39
B. Choose any one of the country quizzes at http://www.commisceo-global.com/quizzes/cultural-awareness-quizzes?view=qcategory&cat_id=41 that looks interesting to you.
After completing the quizzes address the following questions in a 2- page essay:
Which quizzes did you take?
Include your actual results in an Appendix at the end of your paper.
Were you surprised at your score?
What strengths do you think you have in the area of inter-cultural awareness?
What weaknesses are you able to identify?
If there were gaps between your assessment results and your own thoughts about your level of cultural awareness why do these gaps exist?
Create a plan of specific concrete actions you can take to build on your strengths and improve areas of weakness so that you improve your cultural awareness.
Why is it important for managers to increase their levels of cultural awareness?