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Final Essay: Personal Leadership & Teamwork Reflection and Philosophy (35%)

A: The purpose of this assessment is to reflect on what you consider to be ‘good’ leadership and team work,evidenced by the following bullet point criteria, including application of the relevant theory/theories learnt this semester to support your position.

B: Task

• Reflect on your personal experience as a leader, and/or past experience with those people you perceived to be leaders (inspirational or otherwise), as previously discussed in class exercises this semester, to form your opinion of what constitutes ‘good’ leadership.

  • Reflect on your current values, beliefs, and assumptions. (Your personality type, your personal values, and your personal assumptions and beliefs about teamwork and leadership should only be summarised in such a way that illustrates how each influences your perception of
  • what constitutes ‘good’ leadership, not merely just listed in your essay.)

  • Reflect upon the team dynamics you and your team members experienced during team activities with respect to the theory and practice covered in class. Compare the different team dynamics you experienced in the two different teams you worked in, in this subject this semester. (Do not simply describe the group development as per the Tuckman model, but do some analysis – explore if, and to what extent, your group moved towards ‘becoming a team’.)
  • State your leadership philosophy. That is, a statement of what constitutes ‘good’ leadership to you – explain why, and choose which leadership theory/theories this statement most aligns with.
  • During the above-mentioned reflective process, you are required to explore the broader extant literature on leadership to establish which leadership theory/theories your observations and experiences most align with. (The initial information you supply and reflect upon should illustrate how and why your perception aligns with this theory.)

    C: Recommended Structure

    1. Cover page: title, subject name, date, author’s name, and word count.

    2. Introduction: outline what you are about to discuss and argue.

    3. Critically reflect upon your personal experience with leadership: best/worst leadership experience or

    your inspirational leader.

    4. Critically reflect upon your personality type, your personal values, and your personal assumptions

    and beliefs about teamwork and leadership

    5. Critically reflect upon your teamwork activities in the two different teams you worked in this

    semester and how this influenced your assumptions and beliefs.

    6. Your leadership philosophy. That is, a statement of what constitutes ‘good’ leadership to you –

    explain why, and choose which leadership theory/theories this statement most aligns with.

    7. Conclusion: review your key argument including what new knowledge you have acquired about

    leadership and teamwork this semester and how you will apply this knowledge in future teamwork.

    8. References

    9. Appendices: Please attach your personal test results/reflections to support your analysis – eg. your Values, personality test results; leadership questionnaire survey results etc.

    10. Your paper should be 1500 words (+/-10%) not including your reference list or appendices. The paper needs to be submitted through TurnItIn by the due date (refer to assessment folder in ilearn).

    D: Criteria

    a. Essay & Reflection content: Demonstrates your ability to comprehensively and critically observe and reflect on your leadership and team experience and views using theory and evidence; Demonstrates your ability to comprehensively and critically analyse leadership and team theory; Presents your analysis in a fresh, creative way and is sensitively written; Uses extant theory and authentic examples from past experience, in-class questionnaires, and in-class team dynamics; Demonstrates broad knowledge of the theory base. (60 points)

    b. Essay Structure, including Appendices:

    c. Writing Style, editing & proof reading: Achieves an appropriate formal academic tone; Chooses effective words and phrases to achieve a consistent academic style; Avoids abbreviations, contractions, clichés, immature or naïve wording, colloquialisms, slang; Uses strong verbs – avoids excessive use of nouns ending in –ment, -tion and –al; Writes concisely, avoiding unnecessary repetition, fillers, verbosity, awkward wording or phrasing; Writes in unified, coherent paragraphs with clear topic sentences; Provides clear signposts and transitions to achieve coherent flow through sentences and paragraphs; Uses standard academic English with complete grammatical sentences, correct spelling, and standard punctuation. (15 points)

    Contains an introduction that orients reader to the purpose

    of the paper and foreshadows the paper’s content; Structured by a clear sequence of relevant

    issues/requirements; Has clear connections between ideas in one paragraph and the next; Contains a

    conclusion that summarises the content, including how new knowledge will be applied to future

    teamwork; Relevant documents attached in appendix. (15 points)

    d. Sources & Referencing:

    Acknowledges sources of quotes, paraphrases, ideas cited throughout the

    reflection; Integrates quotes effectively – does not over-rely on them to carry discussion, or string

    them together without discussion; Uses standard and correct APA style of in-text citations and

    reference list. (10 points)

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