3. Mandatory Project: Personal Philosophy Paper Purpose This exercise will help

3. Mandatory Project: Personal Philosophy Paper
Purpose
This exercise will help you to clearly identify what “effective leadership†means to you. By differentiating what you have “learned†from parents, teachers, friends, bosses, etc., and what you have “truly learned†by questioning the process, you can begin to arrive at some answers. You will ask yourself why you believe as you do. Once you develop some clarity around the meaning of effective leadership for you, you will plan how to become an effective leader yourself.
Requirements
This paper will become a model or template for developing your own leadership practice. There are four parts to this 8-page (double-spaced) paper; use appropriate headings. This is an in-depth analysis of what you believe to be “right†as it pertains Leadership and your personal leadership practice. This project is a personal exploration based on observations of your own experiences.
1. At the beginning of the course you were asked to define Leadership. In this section state your definition of Leadership. Note: this is your personal definition, it is not what outside sources claim Leadership to be. (1 mark/20)
2. Based on your past experience of leaders, what does effective leadership mean to you? Students will select three leaders from their past for this analysis. (8 marks/20)
• _You will dig deeply into your personal/professional history to identify important lessons you have learned in your life as it pertains to what you value in leadership traits. Select those experiences where each of these leaders has taught you a leadership lesson (where you are the object) rather than when you are the leader (subject) of the experience. Keep in mind that these experiences may be positive or negative.
• _It is recommended that you include the key three or four traits you are examining in an introductory paragraph in this section.
• _You will then go on to explain why/how each leader and the corresponding trait(s) form part of your definition of what effective leadership means to you as a result of your experiences.
• _Be sure to highlight each trait in your analysis supported with relevant examples.
• _Critical analysis is key. You will include relevant and specific references to the text and/or other course resources in support of each trait.
• _This section will become your model of key traits for #3 and #4 in this assignment.
3. Include an evaluation (using a defined rating system) of your current leadership skills
against the model of key traits identified in #2 above. You will evaluate each of the traits, supported by specific, relevant examples. For example, if you identified accountability as a trait in #2, critical analysis of this trait is key. You will include relevant and specific references to the text and/or other course resources in support of each trait. (5 marks/20)
4. Create an action plan for any “deficiencies†using the SMART framework. This must be a specific, step-by-step plan that will help you get to where you want to be in relation to the leadership traits identified in #2 and #3 above. (For example, to say, “I will be more accountable to others†is not specific enough. How will you make it happen? You must use the SMART goal-setting framework to lay out specific, relevant action items/goals. Think in terms of “What specific thing(s) can I do tomorrow, or next week?â€). (6 marks/20)