Write about 2000 words of your own describing your participation and learning in the course. Plus or minus 10% in terms of essay length is not a problem. Stay within the bounds of the course. Do not bring in other media, articles, or books that are not from our course.
This essay should have two distinct and roughly equal parts, one on your participation in class and one on your learning in the course.
1) participation is being physically in class with enough energy to contribute positively. participation is being prepared for class by having done the readings in a thorough and comprehensive way. participation is being mentally present by focusing on what is happening with the professor and your class colleagues. In practice this means single-tasking where the task is the class and what is happening there. A fourth component of participation is having a positive approach, demeanour, and mindset. A fifth component is seeking to drive forward the learning of both yourself and your colleagues. This is non-trivial as from the total class point of view it is not just the particular students’ learning that matters but the sum of all the learning of all students. The course aim is to maximize the total class learning. This means that during in-class discussions you are working to keep the discussion on topic and to make sure that everyone is learning about the material under discussion. A student absent or distracted is not learning themselves and yet perhaps more importantly is not able to be teaching others. Each person is responsible for both their own learning and that of their in-class colleagues. Write about your participation in a positive way without excuses.
2) Your learning is a combination of where you started with your knowledge and practice of leading people in organizations, your journey through the course as you changed, learned, and grew to where you are when you write this assignment after the course is over, and finally your thoughts about what is next for you in developing your skills at leading people.
In-class discussions had to do with the main point of the attached articles as well as certain leadership activities – see below.
-Tsunami scenario, communicating why, how, what effectively in one sentence. (A tsunami is coming, get to high ground)
-Do you think you can be ethically responsible by remaining truthful, keeping promises, being fair and respecting others as individuals no matter the situation? (yes, there should never be exceptions)
-Problems with level 2 leadership, “you may win the argument and lose the decision”, you hurt their pride and they will resent you, someone convinced against his will is of the same opinion still
-Problems with level 1 leadership “you got some kittens, you want drowned? I’m your man” – someone willing to do no matter what for that person. Would you rather be loved or feared? level 1 leadership is tempting but not productive in the end
-Problems with level 3 leadership, work addiction scale, how it can lead to death and be without benefit to anyone
-Leading change, how to get a puppy to go down the stairs (level 1 leadership = gentle push, changing the task by asking only to do part of it like the bottom step = the correct way to do it by leadership, treats on the stairs = management, not leadership)
See the textbook for additional information (it has summary notes at the end of each chapter) https://archive.org/details/levelthreeleader00jame