Creating a Personal Model of Leadership

Paper instructions:

Write a final paper of 750-1,000 words that summarizes the four levels of your personal model of leadership. Incorporate the instructor’s feedback from the drafts of the four levels.

Use “Creating a Personal Model of Leadership” to guide you.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

Creating a Personal Model of Leadership
-Instructions-

What is a personal model of leadership?
Throughout a person’s life,he/she continues to grow and develop. One dimension of development and growth is leadership. But leadership is not merely about picking a leadership model or getting leadership training. Throughout one’s life, it is important to create and revise a personal model of leadership reflecting one’s values and beliefs, including areas such as serving the community and society.

Building a personal leadership model is a process that can be approached from both a systematic and holistic perspective. However, it requires a framework that leaders can use as they explore various models of leadership over their lifetime.

Throughout this course,you will create a personal model of leadership, based on your research and reflections on what you have learnedduring the8weeks.

What approach should I take to complete my personal leadership model?
Creating a personal leadership model requires a systematic and holistic approach. At the same time, it requires creativity and passion. The process of creating a personal model involves continuously exploring and analyzing various leadership models.Some of them you might want to integrate into your model. Others you will not want to include in it. As you explore each model, you can craft a visual model for your use using the tool provided.

What do I use to develop my personal model of leadership?
This resource tool has been provided to guide you in developing your personal leadership model.When using this tool,you will complete the table as identified in the four steps below as you work through each module of the course.

This table can serve as an outline and starting point as you think through the four levels of your personal model of leadershipand write your paper. It can also serve as a visual representation of your model.

How do I develop my personal model of leadership?
Creating a leadership model involves four steps,which include:
1) Selecting the basic values that will provide the foundation.
2) Identifying the leadership behaviors that will result from those values.
3) Identifying a clear approach for creating a sense of meaning and purpose, including contributing to society.
4) Identifying the impact of one’s contributions to oneself, other people, organizations, and society.

You will want to consider each step within the framework of the following four perspectives.
1) Look at each step from an individual or “I” perspective.
2) Take a look at it from an interpersonal perspective.
3) Take a look at it from an organizational perspective.
4) Take a look at it from a societal perspective.

Four Steps to Creating Your Personal Model of Leadership

Step 1(Level 1): Selecting the values that will provide the foundation: All leadership models have basic values and/or beliefs that provide the foundation for the model. They might include values such as integrity, trustworthiness, courage, spirituality, or even love. As you review each leadership model, it is important to look for and identify the values that the model proposes.

Step 2 (Level 2): Identifying the leadership behaviors that will result from those values: Once the basic values and/or beliefs that provide the foundation for the model are identified, the behaviors or norms of behavior that would illustrate these values can be defined.They might include behaviors such as meeting commitments made to others, which reflects the value of integrity; keeping promises, which reflects the value of trustworthiness; admitting mistakes publicly, which reflects the value of courage; proactively working to create a sense of meaning and worth for your people, which reflects the value of spirituality;and treating every person as a valuable human being, which reflects the value of love. As you review each leadership model, it is important to look for and identify behaviors that might reflect the selected values.And it is also important to define these behaviors or norms of behavior, based on the organizations and situation within which you operate.

Step 3(Level 3): Identifying a clear approach for creating a sense of meaning and purpose, including contributing to society: Once you define the values, beliefs, and norms of behavior,you can also identify how they can contribute to the greater good and give others a sense of meaning and purpose. Contributions can take place through the organization you work for, organizations you join within the community, or your individual actions. These contributions might include selecting a career teaching children in difficult communities, working only for companies that support social responsibility and sustainability, working to get organizations to support social responsibility and sustainability, working in nonprofit organizations, or playing a leadership role in your community or church.

Step 4 (Level 4): Identifying the impact of one’s contributions to oneself, other people, organizations, and society. Once approaches for contributing to the greater good are identified, it is time to identify the impacts of these approaches. Impacts can be on the leader, organization, the stakeholders, the community, and society as a whole. Impacts can include reductions in pollution, increases in the number of students who go to college, increases in employee satisfaction—including having a sense of worth and meaning—or even increases in financial performance and wealth.

Is there an example that I may follow to craft my leadership model?
Here is an example and some definitions you can follow as you use this table to think through and develop your own personal model of leadership.
Definitions
1) Values and beliefs: A value or belief describes something that is important to you. It fits into the sentence: “I value…” Examples include integrity, respect, trust, high performance, making an impact, and a clean environment.
2) Behaviors and action: A behavior describes the visible actions that you take that demonstrate or are based on a value. For example, if you believe in “trust” as a value, then the behavior may be “You identify ways to behave that demonstrate to others you trust them and that you can be trusted.”
3) Clear approach for creating meaning and purpose: This is the sense of meaning or purpose that you focus on based on your values. So if you value protecting the environment and want to actively preserve it, you might outline your approach for contributing to an organization that protects wildlife.
4) Impact: Impact is the attainment of positive results or improvements in your area of focus. So if you are working in a wildlife organization, it could be saving the lives of wildlife or protecting a particular ecosystem.

Example Table
Level or Step Perspectives to Consider
Individual
Interpersonal Organizational Societal (Community, Society and Environment)
1. Values (and beliefs)
“I believe in/value…” Integrity Respect Making an impact Protecting our environment for prosperity
2. Behaviors (and actions) I follow through with my commitments. I listen to others with the intent to understand their meaning and feelings. I ensure that my team and I make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s results. I am an active member in an environmental group/organization.
3. Clear approach for creating meaning and purpose I want to be recognized for my integrity. People on my team treat each other with respect. Define measurable results in a balanced scorecard. Improve the lives of wildlife in Arizona by volunteering monthly in an environmental group.
4. Impact I feel good about my actions and behaviors. High-performing team that meets or exceeds goals. My team measurably impacts the organization’s business results. Save lives of wildlife and preserve their ecosystem.

 

 
Table
Level or Step Perspectives to Consider
Individual
Interpersonal Organizational Societal (Community, Society and Environment)
1. Values (and beliefs)
“I believe in/value…”
2. Behaviors (and actions)
3. Clear approach for creating meaning and purpose
4. Impact
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