Business 302: Foundations of Leadership Assignment 1 If you have a Study.com College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit two graded final assignments and pass a proctored final exam. The assignments must be submitted before registering for the exam. Assignment details and submission instructions are below. Assignment Description This assignment is designed to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of leaders in the management and operations of an organization, including the critical roles of decision making, and communication. You will conduct a leadership analysis to apply concepts learned throughout the course and explore aspects of motivation, conflict and change management, and diversity in contemporary organizations. Assignment Instructions Choose a publicly-traded organization. Research the leadership practices and style of a senior leader in the company. Write a leadership analysis that explores the leader’s function in the organization as well as his/her leadership style(s). Assignment Length and Content Your written assignment should be a minimum of 1,500 words in length and include the following information: Company name, company function (product or service), leader name, title, etc. A description of the chosen leader’s leadership style. A summary of the primary role and responsibilities of the leader within the company. A description of the functions of planning, organizing, commanding, staffing, and controlling in leadership. An analysis that explains whether the chosen leader does or does not aspire to be a leader within the chosen company. Provide supporting detail as to why or why not. You should also address the following questions in the assignment: Does the leadership practice place emphasis on requesting input from subordinates and/or peers prior to making major decisions? What does a leader consider the most important part of his/her job and why? What is the most challenging part of the job and why? How does the leadership style encourage innovation? If innovation is not encouraged, what is the reason behind it? How does a company leader communicate with and provide feedback to his/her subordinates? Does the leadership style consider communication and feedback as important and why? What steps do the leaders of the company take to prevent harassment in the workplace and what steps do they take if a harassment complaint is brought to the company’s attention? You may also include other supporting ideas, research, or answers to related questions. Assignment Suggestions Develop a list of questions to guide your research and response to each component of this assignment so that you can meet the criterion present in the rubric. Select a company in which you have an invested interest, such as a corporation in which you are a stockholder. Select a company that you frequent often, such as a bank, restaurant, or a select a company within an industry of choice. Using Sources You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least two credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name). Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question. Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use JSTOR, Google Scholar, and the Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.) If you’re unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons: What is APA Format? Style & Definition How To Format APA Citations Grading Rubric The course syllabus provides more information regarding the grading policy for assignments. Category Unacceptable (0-1) Needs Improvement (2-3) Good (4) Excellent (5) Total Possible Points Quality and thoroughness of written company leadership details (x3) The submitted company leadership research findings are not well-written. Most of the research findings achieved the basic desired result. The company research details were specific, clear, and well-written. Research findings included supporting detail, specific, clear, and well-written. 15 Detail and quality of perspective toward the company’s leadership style (x3) The company leadership style details are quite vague. The associated detail is not well-written. The associated detail was not well-written and is insufficient but achieved the desired result. The leadership style discussion and associated detail are sufficient, understandable, and clearly written. The leadership style discussion and associated detail are sufficient, understandable, and clearly written. 15 The knowledge of leadership functions is present in submission (x2) The submission did not address the leadership functions with any supporting detail. Leadership functions discussion lacked sufficient supporting detail. Two supporting examples were provided on how the functions are employed in company leadership. Three or more examples are provided of how these functions are integrated into the leadership of a company. 10 Mechanics (x2) Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar that frequently interferes with meaning. Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and/or usage grammar Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of grammar No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of grammar 10 Before You Submit When you have completed writing your analysis, proofread the document to ensure there are not any grammatical or spelling errors present. Also, check for plagiarism so that your case study analysis is not too similar to any existing materials. You may want to use plagiarism checkers like PlagScan or DupliChecker Note: Plagiarized submissions will NOT receive a score. How to Submit Your Papers When you are ready to submit your assignments, please fill out the submission form and attach your assignment as a Microsoft Word, PDF, or Text document. After turning in both assignments, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your written response to be graded. You should receive your assignment grade within one week. If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your assignments, you may revise or rewrite your papers and resubmit them for grading using the same submission form. Keep in mind that the grade you receive on your assignments is only a portion of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if y
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