Developing Leadership Capability

Referencing Styles : APA 2 Written Assessment Assessment Title Individual Written Assessment – Developing Leadership Capability Task Description Format: Professional written report Length: 2,300 to 2,800 words Submission format: Written Word document; submitted electronically via Moodle Due date for ON-CAMPUS students: Friday, 13/01/17 (week 8) at 11.45am AEST Due date for ONLINE students: Friday, 27/01/17 (week 10) at 11.45am AEST This assessment aims to allow participants to explore and develop key capabilities in one of the three key leadership capabilities (competencies) addressed in the unit. There are three sections to this report: A self-analysis/-reflection A literature review, and A conclusion that outlines an action plan for development The assignment must focus on one of the following: Visibility/Credibility OR Power and Influence OR Self-confidence During the full-day weekend workshops, diagnostic tools and mini-simulation activities will be undertaken for each topic that serve as the experiential basis for individual reflection about current leadership practice. These are compulsory activities for students enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode. Online students are provided with alternative experiential activities. 1. Self-analysis/-reflection (800 – 1,000 words) Students must utilize at least three (3) of the diagnostic tools undertaken during the workshops (such as the Quinn Management Questionnaire, the ESCI (Emotional Intelligence) Situational Leadership Questionnaires, and diagnostic tools specific to the chosen capability). Students are to contrast the results of the diagnostics tests and reflect on their own practice by identifying two incidences from their recent past (i.e. last 12 months) in which the chosen capabilities were being used. Students are then to analyze the incidents to determine whether the results of the self-diagnosis are evidenced in practice. The objective is for students are then to identify two areas or competencies for improvement that will enhance visibility/credibility OR use of power and influence OR self-confidence. 2. Literature Review (approx. 1,000 words) Students are then to prepare a literature review about the chosen topic that defines the key terms and outlines key theories or models and application. Students are to start with a broad overview of the topic (i.e. Visibility/Credibility, Power and Influence, or Self-confidence) and how this relates to leadership practice. Students are then to focus on the specific aspect that the self-analysis and reflection identified as requiring development. Students need to focus on this aspect defining the key competencies required and scoping aspects related to acquiring these leadership behaviours. 3. Conclusion/Action Plan (500 – 800 words) As a conclusion, students are to develop an action plan of key events and activities that they can undertake over the next 6 months to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours identified as requiring development in Section 1. This can include undertaking specific short courses, to develop skills (must be actual courses), a reading plan to acquire conceptual knowledge, maintaining of personal journals reflecting on communication interactions, etc. This section must include actionable items with timelines and an indication of how you will measure successful completion. Research Requirements: A minimum of 12 scholarly references are to be used that includes at least 4 peer-reviewed journal articles included as citations within the report. Keep in mind that the academic sources (outside the textbooks) must be peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly book chapters. If you are in doubt of what constitutes a journal article or scholarly book chapter, please refer to the Moodle site, discuss with your tutor and/or approach the Academic Learning Centre (ALC). Assessment Due Date Please refer to the above task description for details of submission dates. Return Date to Students We will make every attempt to get your assignments back within ten working days (excluding university holidays). Weighting 30% Assessment Criteria Provide the results of minimum of 3 diagnostic tools that relate to the selected leadership competency and to analyze (reflect) these against the past practice to identify personal strengths and weaknesses. Ability to construct a detailed and cohesive literature review that defines key concepts and terms related to the selected leadership competency/capability. As part of the literature review to summaries and contrast key concepts/models related to the selected competency/capability. Ability to devise a personal (management) development plan, supported by literature, that addresses these key capability needs. Demonstrate a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12 academic sources from recommended texts and journal articles. Correct use of the APA in-text referencing system to correctly cite academic sources. As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice”, and demonstrate “knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”. Each unit in the MBA has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications, and as Masters students, indicate a willingness to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies that demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research. Students should ensure that they understand the specific research that is required for each assessment piece and recognise that if they meet this minimum requirement, they will receive the minimum grade for demonstrated research. Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment). Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) Submission Online Word document via Moodle.

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