Leadership Development Paper
For this 3-4 page assessment, you will analyze a case study about a leader’s situation and address opportunities for professional development for this leader.
For this assessment, you will analyze a case study about a leader’s situation in which some changes have happened, and address opportunities forprofessional development for this leader.
Leaders must possess knowledge and practice ethical leadership to be effective in a global marketplace. Leading can involve managing people, managing change, and managing the strategic direction of the organization. All of these areas provide developmental opportunities and chances for growth.
There are a number of different ways for people to develop as leaders. Most methods include an aspect of learning to capitalize on strengths and eliminate shortcomings (Rath & Conchie, 2009).
Another facet of leader development is the way a leader handles change. Peter Senge and Peter Drucker, two seminal thinkers in the field of leadership, have studied and written about leading for sustainability in times of change. You can listen to Senge and Drucker in the video “Leading in a Time of Change,” listed in the Resources of this assessment, to learn more about the concepts of leading through change.
In addition to factors for managing change in organizational systems or as new generations enter the workplace, there are also personal or workplace responsibility changes that happen for leaders that can impact their leadership performance. Some of these factors include life changes, family responsibilities, career changes, and so on. These changes can create competing commitments for a leader’s time and energy. Change affects a leader’s abilities to manage themselves, their energy, and their time.
Many workplace settings demand a lot, and leaders may find themselves working long hours, experiencing challenges to sustaining their energy (Schwartz, 2010). Work demands can result in physical, mental, and emotional strain. Alternatively, there are important approaches to time management, energy
management, work-life balance, delegation, and other approaches to help develop the leaders’ capacity to rise to intense challenges.
Leaders need to maintain health, energy, and wellness when dealing with new situations that may seem overwhelming. For example, delegation skills, understanding how to grow into a position, or a time in life that involves greater responsibility are parts of growing as a leader. It is wise for an I-O psychology professional who is coaching or consulting with leaders to stay current on the latest research and practices related to leaders’ health, energy, and wellness so that these aspects can also be maintained.
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
Why is it so important for leaders to manage their time and energy?
What time and energy management strategies are working for you?
How might you enhance your own time and energy for the ways you are leading in your workplace, family, or educational setting?
Based on what you have learned about leadership for sustainability, and considering highlights from the video “Leading in a Time of Change,” discuss the
What does it take to be a successful leader of change?
What are specific approaches to change management that you think may be most helpful in a particular situation where you see change happening in your
Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths based leadership. Gallup Press.
Schwartz, T. (2010). The productivity paradox. Harvard Business Review, 88(6), 64–69.
The following resources are required to complete the assessment. Click the links provided to view the following multimedia pieces:
Leading in a Time of Change: A Conversation with Peter F. Drucker and Peter M. Senge. Dir. Ken Witty. https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/psyfpx8720element237361/wrapper.asp
The Drucker Foundation. This video provides a conversation with Peter Drucker and Peter Senge, two prominent authors and thinkers in leading change.
Many contextual factors impact how you lead in a given situation. As you complete an analysis of the situations for this assessment, consider how the context affected the leader and the questions below.
View the Capella multimedia “Finding Balance” case study linked above.
Then, analyze Greg’s situation and consider his opportunities for development as a leader.
In a 3–4 page paper, analyze the following issues:
Appraise a leader’s actions for potential improvement opportunities.
What specific things did Greg do wrong as a leader?
What could he have done differently if he were a more effective manager?
Analyze theories of life balance and energy management to a specific case.
Are theories of life balance and energy management important in this case situation? Why or why not?
Support your writing with peer-reviewed articles—at least two from the list provided and at least two from your own research.
Propose two approaches for leadership development processes to help a leader be more effective.
How would you coach Greg to help him develop as a leader? Use at least two approaches, such as coaching, mentoring, training, and delegation strategies.
Compare different strategies that might help Greg further develop as a leader.
How could Greg’s team have contributed to the teamwork in this situation when Greg was floundering? Provide specific examples. and explain your answer and underpinnings from followership theory.
Cite at least two primary sources from psychological research journal articles or other scholarly resources as a basis for your analysis of this situation.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 2: Evaluate the relevance and applicability of theories of leadership.
Create guidelines based on theories of life balance and energy management for leaders.
Competency 3: Apply processes for your leadership development and for developing leadership in others.
Critique a leader’s actions for potential improvement opportunities.
Propose two approaches for leadership development to help a leader be more effective.
Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
Use grammar, punctuation, and mechanics expected of graduate-level composition and expression.
Use current APA format and style.