Assessment 1: Individual essay (2000 words -/+ 10%)
The purpose of this assessment is to give students an opportunity to analyse and apply their philosophy of leadership.
Students will be required to submit a reflective essay on their philosophy of leadership and application of the philosophy to an organisational leadership situation.
Students will be expected to write an essay in response to the questions below.
Part A: Leadership philosophy
Describe the following:
a) Your leadership style.
b) Leadership/ principles that you would not be willing to violate.
c) The impact of personal beliefs (e.g. religion, inclusiveness) on your leadership approach.
d) Key experiences that have informed your leadership approach
Part B: Application of leadership philosophy
a) Identify a key leadership issue (either past or present) in your organization (or an organization that you are familiar with) that requires you (a prospective or current leader) to make critical decisions.
b) Provide a brief overview of the issue, to contextualize it.
c) Based on your leadership philosophy, explain what you would have done as a leader in the situation you have identified. In your explanations, provide justification for your decisions on how you would have handled the situation.General notes for assignment
Assignments should usually incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion, and will be fully referenced including a reference list.
The word count for the assessment is 2000 words (+/- 10%)
Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count
General Notes for Referencing
References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you can conduct your own research. Also, in order to help markers, determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.
Marking Guide (Rubric):
Your assessment would be marked based on the following marking guideline.
Total marks – 40
Extent to which the question is answered
2.5 – 3.0
3.5 – 3.8
3.9 – 4.4
4.5 and above
Not all parts of the question are addressed
Individual parts of the questions addressed in a reasonable way with limited integration
Individual parts of the questions addressed soundly with some degree of integration
Individual parts of the questions addressed strongly with strong integration
Questions addressed strongly in all dimensions with a high level of integration
Understanding of the theoretical concepts
5.0 – 6.0
7.0 – 7.6
7.8 – 8.8
9 and above
Understanding of the individual organizational leadership concepts not demonstrated
Understanding of the individual organizational leadership concepts is satisfactory
Understanding of the individual organizational leadership concepts is sound
Understanding of the individual organizational leadership concepts is detailed
Understanding of the individual organizational leadership concepts is highly integrated
Extent of critical analysis
10.0 – 12.0
12.5 – 14.0
14.5 – 16.0
16.5 and above
Lack of critical analysis, with no application of theoretical concepts
Limited critical analysis, with limited application of theoretical concepts
Some critical analysis, with theoretical concepts applied
Competent level of critical analysis, with correct application of theoretical concepts
Clear and thorough critical analysis, with adequate application of theoretical concepts
Structure and references
- Coherence and organization
- APA format 6
2.5 – 3.0
3.5 – 3.8
3.9 – 4.4
4.5 and above
An unfocussed, incoherent essay, characterized by disorganization and/or missing required sections.
References are inconsistent with required format; a notable number of errors present.
A somewhat focused, slightly incoherent essay, characterized by some disorganization and/or missing required sections.
References are inconsistent with required format; a number of errors present.
A somewhat coherent and organized essay and including most required sections.
Referencing format is adhered to throughout the essay, with some errors present.
A clear and coherent essay, organized and including all required sections.
Referencing format is rigorously adhered to throughout the essay, with very few errors present.
An exceptionally clear, concise and coherent essay, critically organized and including all required sections.
Referencing format is rigorously adhered to throughout the essay, with no errors present.