Personal Theory of Leadership

Part II Prompt You are a manager in a large company, and you are assigned to a mentor. Your mentor is very excited that you are taking this particular course and has therefore asked you to develop and share your own personal theory of leadership. This person wants you to be very detailed in this process and submit a report for review. For Part II, you will use your theoretical review and critique from Part I to develop your personal theory of leadership. Additionally, you will articulate how you will apply your personal theory of leadership in your current or future workplace. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Personal Theory of Leadership A. Introduction: Briefly summarize the theories you analyzed in Part I, focusing on an overview of the key aspects from that analysis that will inform the discussion of your personal leadership style and its application. B. Identify aspects of the theories of leadership discussed earlier that you would like to incorporate into your personal theory of leadership. Be sure to include the potential impact on transformational change. C. Determine how theory and practice intersect in your personal leadership theory. How do the exemplary leaders inform your personal theory of leadership? D. Differentiate which aspects of your theory are essential to you and which aspects are more flexible and therefore less essential. Be sure to address potential impact on internal and external stakeholders. E. Differentiate which aspects of your theory seem the most challenging and the most comfortable to you and why. What are the intersections between these aspects and those you identified as essential and flexible? II. Application of Personal Theory of Leadership A. Briefly describe a scenario that occurred in your past or present workplace. What was the impact on internal and external stakeholders? B. Describe how your personal theory of leadership can be applied to this scenario. Be sure to address your theory’s influence at the individual, group, and organizational levels. C. Explain how your personal theory of leadership influenced your decision making in this scenario. How did your decisions impact transformational change in your workplace? D. Evaluate the effectiveness of your personal theory of leadership in this application. Be sure to include potential issues or weaknesses of your personal theory as it relates to transformational change. E. Determine what tool might be valuable for the evaluation of your personal theory of leadership as it relates to transformational change. Be sure to include key features of the evaluative tool that supports the continuous improvement of your personal theory of leadership. III. Conclusion A. Summarize your personal theory of leadership. Be sure to make connections to the identified leadership theories, exemplary and antiexemplary leaders, and your past or present organizational context. B. Describe how your personal leadership theory can be taught to others. Be sure to include how your personal theory of leadership would influence transformational change in a contemporary organization.

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