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Question;Assignment 2: Discussion?Leadership Challenges in Today?s EnvironmentThere are some who argue that leaders face unprecedented demands as we enter the 21st century. The pace of organizations is faster than ever due to technology advances and impatience in stakeholder groups. There is increased diversity due to globalization. The workforce is more nomadic, few people today spend their entire careers in a single company. This puts a lot of pressure on leaders and may demand new or evolved competencies.Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, including general organizational sources like the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek,or Harvard Business Review, research the demands facing 21st century leaders.Then, respond to the following:What are the challenges facing leaders in today?s environment? Consider both internal and external challenges within an organization.Describe the impact of those challenges on today?s leaders. Explain how leaders need to respond to them.Discuss at least three?four core competencies that you think leaders need to be effective in today?s environment. Explain how these competencies will address the challenges you identified.By Saturday, October 11, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Monday, October 13, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers? responses.Write your initial response in 300?500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuationDo the following when responding to your peers:Read your peers? answers.Provide substantive comments bycontributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources,building on the remarks or questions of others, orsharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiencesRespond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.Make sure your writingis clear, concise, and organized,demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, anddisplays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Grading CriteriaAssignment ComponentsMax PointsInitial response was:Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.16Discussion Response and Participation:Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.Offered points of view supported by research.Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.16Writing:Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.Responses were error free.Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.8Total:MODULE 2Assignment 1: Discussion?Transformational LeadershipChange is considered by many as the new normal. Effective change management must be part of an organization?s DNA. An emerging leadership style called the transformational style has been shown to be effective in this environment, especially in leading change. This form of leadership goes beyond traditional forms of leadership which relied mainly on centralized control. It emphasizes more open communication, collaboration, and participation by employees.Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research the transformational style of leadership.Then, respond to the following:What are the key attributes of the transformational style of leadership? Explain why you think these attributes are required of a transformational leader.From either personal experience, or through observation, provide examples of transformation leadership.Which of the other leaders who you have seen come close to being effective transformational leaders? How could they have changed to be transformational leaders? Justify your answer with appropriate examples.By Saturday, October 18, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, October 22, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers? responses.Write your initial response in 300?500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuationDo the following when responding to your peers:Read your peers? answers.Provide substantive comments bycontributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources,building on the remarks or questions of others, orsharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiencesRespond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.Make sure your writingis clear, concise, and organized,demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, anddisplays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Grading CriteriaAssignment ComponentsMax PointsInitial response was:Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.16Discussion Response and Participation:Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.Offered points of view supported by research.Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.16Writing:Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.Responses were error free.Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.8Total:40MODULE 3Assignment 1: Discussion?The Leader as CommunicatorCan you imagine an effective leader who is not an effective communicator? Leadership communication skills are very important. Some would call effective communication the most important leadership competency. Without the skills of effective communication, you will not be an effective leader, especially in this complex, fast-paced environment.It is important for the leader to create an environment of open communication where ideas, solutions, and problems can all be discussed without fear. When employees understand that communication is open and encouraged, they will perform better.Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research communication competencies required for leaders.Then, respond to the following:What are some key communication competencies needed in leaders today?Is individual communication more important than group or mass communication? Why or why not?List 2?4 strategies that leaders can use to improve their individual communication skills. Which method is most important? Why?By Saturday, October 25, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, October 29, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers? responses.Write your initial response in 300?500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuationDo the following when responding to your peers:Read your peers? answers.Provide substantive comments bycontributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources,building on the remarks or questions of others, orsharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiencesRespond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.Make sure your writingis clear, concise, and organized,demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, anddisplays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Grading CriteriaAssignment ComponentsMax PointsInitial response was:Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.16Discussion Response and Participation:Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.Offered points of view supported by research.Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.16Writing:Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.Responses were error free.Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.8Total:40MODULE 4Assignment 1: Discussion?Can Leaders Really Motivate Employees?In today's turbulent environment, success depends on employees using their skills and capabilities to the fullest. Employee motivation can be a challenge at work. Those leaders who don?t emphasize employee satisfaction as a key part of the organizational strategy will not be able to leverage the potential of the human assets to the fullest.Every person needs motivation at work. The reasons for working vary widely, but we all work because we obtain something that we need from work. This affects morale, production, retention, and overall quality of life. To create positive employee motivation, employees must have a voice and feel that they are worthy to the team and to the organization.Based on your research using the module readings, Argosy University online library, and Internet resources, respond to the following:Can leaders really motivate employees? If so, how and for how long?Is there a way to create and sustain a motivating environment that will also help retain talent? What is it? How does it work?By Saturday, November 1, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, November 5, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers? responses.Write your initial response in 300?500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuationDo the following when responding to your peers:Read your peers? answers.Provide substantive comments bycontributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources,building on the remarks or questions of others, orsharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiencesRespond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.Make sure your writingis clear, concise, and organized,demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, anddisplays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Grading CriteriaAssignment ComponentsMax PointsInitial response was:Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.16Discussion Response and Participation:Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.Offered points of view supported by research.Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.16Writing:Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.Responses were error free.Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.MODULE 5Assignment 1: Discussion?Critical Leadership Competencies Needed in 2020Consider all you have learned in the course so far and the trends that have been discussed, particularly around leaders being able to strategize and execute to results.Using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research key leadership competencies needed in 2020. Then, respond to the following:What are the key leadership competencies that will be needed in leaders by 2020? Why are they important?What are the most significant leadership trends that require a change in leadership approaches by 2020? What leadership changes will be most important?What are some of the external trends (e.g., increased globalization, increased diversity, and increased use of technology) that will influence the leadership changes?What will the employee of 2020 look like in terms of expectations, skills, and experience?By Saturday, November 8, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Sunday, November 9, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers? responses.Write your initial response in 300?500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuationDo the following when responding to your peers:Read your peers? answers.Provide substantive comments bycontributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources,building on the remarks or questions of others, orsharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiencesRespond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.Make sure your writingis clear, concise, and organized,demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, anddisplays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.Grading CriteriaAssignment ComponentsMax PointsInitial response was:Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.16Discussion Response and Participation:Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.Offered points of view supported by research.Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.16Writing:Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.Responses were error free.Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.8Total:ALL ASSIGNMENTSAssignment 3: Creating a Compelling VisionLeaders today must be able to create a compelling vision for the organization. They also must be able to create an aligned strategy and then execute it. Visions have two parts, the envisioned future and the core values that support that vision of the future. The ability to create a compelling vision is the primary distinction between leadership and management. Leaders need to create a vision that will frame the decisions and behavior of the organization and keep it focused on the future while also delivering on the short-term goals.To learn more about organizational vision statements, do an Internet search and review various vision statements.In this assignment, you will consider yourself as a leader of an organization and write a vision statement and supporting values statement.Select an organization of choice. This could be an organization that you are familiar with, or a fictitious organization. Then, respond to the following:Provide the name and description of the organization. In the description, be sure to include the purpose of the organization, the products or services it provides, and the description of its customer base.Describe the core values of the organization. Why are these specific values important to the organization?Describe the benefits and purpose for an organizational vision statement.Develop a vision statement for this organization. When developing a vision statement, be mindful of the module readings and lecture materials.In the vision statement, be sure to communicate the future goals and aspirations of the organization.Once you have developed the vision statement, describe how you would communicate the statement to the organizational stakeholders, that is, the owners, employees, vendors, and customers.How would you incorporate the communication of the vision into the new employee on-boarding and ongoing training?Write your response in approximately 3?5 pages in Microsoft Word. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.By Wednesday, October 15, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.Assignment 3 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsChose and described the organization. The description included the purpose of the organization, the products or services the organization provides, and the description of its customer base.16Developed a vision statement for the organization. Ensured to accurately communicate the goals and aspirations of the organization in the vision statement.24Ensured that the incorporation and communication strategy for the vision statement is clear, detailed, well thought out and realistic.28Evaluated and explained which values are most important to the organization.24Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner, demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.8Total:Assignment 2: Leader ProfileMany argue that the single largest variable in organizational success is leadership. Effective leadership can transform an organization and create a positive environment for all stakeholders. In this assignment, you will have the chance to evaluate a leader and identify what makes him/her effective.Consider all the leaders who have affected your life in some way. Think of people with whom you work?community leaders, a family member, or anyone who has had a direct impact on you.Choose one leader you consider to be effective. This can be a leader you are personally aware of, or someone you don?t know, but have observed to be an effective leader. Write a paper addressing the following:Explain how this leader has influenced you and why you think he or she is effective.Analyze what characteristics or qualities this person possesses that affected you most.Rate this leader by using a leadership scorecard. This can be a developed scorecard, or one you develop yourself. If you use a developed scorecard, please be sure to cite the sources of the scorecard. Once you have identified your scorecard, rate your leader. You decide what scores to include (for example, scale of 1?5, 5 being the highest) but be sure to assess the leader holistically across the critical leadership competencies you feel are most important (for example, visioning, empowering, strategy development and communication).Critique this individual?s skills against what you have learned about leadership so far in this course. Consider the following:How well does he/she meet the practices covered in your required readings?How well has he/she adapted to the challenges facing leaders today?If you could recommend changes to his/her leadership approach, philosophy, and style, what would you suggest? Why?Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet including general organizational sources like the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, or Harvard Business Review, build a leadership profile of the leader you selected. Include information from personal experiences as well as general postings on the selected leader from Internet sources such as blogs. Be sure to include 2?3 additional resources not already included in the required readings in support of your leadership profile.Write a 3?5-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc.By Wednesday, October 22, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox.Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsExplained how this leader has been influential and why you think the leader is effective showing analysis of the leader?s characteristics or qualities.16Analyzed the characteristics or qualities the leader possesses that have affected you most.16Rated your leader using a leadership scorecard and supported your rationale for your rating.32Critiqued the leader?s individual skills against your required readings.24Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner, demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.12Total:100Assignment 2: LASA 1 Assignment?The Leader as a Strategist ReportFor this assignment, you will choose an organization to analyze. This organization can be one you are personally familiar with, or one you have observed to be an effective organization, You now become a newly appointed senior leader in that organization.As a new leader, you must prepare a report for the CEO that assesses the organization?s overall alignment between its vision, mission, values, and strategy. This report should consist of the following sections:An analysis of the strategic cascade of the organization This includes assessing the organization?s strategy and market position. Use the framework implied in Michael Porter?s (1997) article ?What is Strategy.? When describing the business strategy of your organization, consider the following questions:What is the target market (target customer)?What is your organization's value proposition (How does it deliver value that satisfies the target?s wants and needs?)?How is your product or service positioned in the market (What specific features and attributes define the product/service and how is its value reflected in its pricing, distribution, marketing communications, etc.?)?How is your organization sustainably different from your competitors (What is the source of uniqueness and how sustainable is it from being diminished by competitors?)? A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis A SWOT analysis is a strategy planning tool that examines both internal and external environments for factors and trends that should shape planning and operations over the next five years. Environmental factors internal to the company are classified as strengths (to be leveraged) or weaknesses (to be mitigated), while external factors are classified as either opportunities (to be pursued) or threats (to be monitored and responded to). Some primer questions for the SWOT analysis include the following:StrengthsWhat advantages does your organization have?What do you do better than anyone else?What unique or lowest-cost resources can you draw upon that others cannot?What do people in your market see as your strengths?What factors mean that you "get the sale"?What is your organization's unique selling proposition (USP)?WeaknessesWhat aspects of your product or service could you improve?What market segments or competitive areas should you avoid?What are people in your market likely to see as weaknesses?What factors can make you lose sales?OpportunitiesWhat good opportunities can you spot?What interesting trends are you aware of?Useful opportunities can come from such things as the following:Changes in technology and markets on both a broad and narrow scaleChanges in government policy related to your fieldChanges in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, and so onLocal eventsThreatsWhat obstacles do you face?What are your competitors doing?Are quality standards or specifications for your job, products, or services changing?Is changing technology threatening your position?Do you have bad debt or cash-flow problems?Could any of your weaknesses seriously threaten your business? A summary of the internal environment, including the organization?s values and the key elements of the organization architecture that influence worker behavior. Include the following characteristics when analyzing the internal environment:Structure: This includes the ways the organization assigns formal roles and responsibilities, decision-making authority, expertise and skills, and work tasks. Think of the organization chart and how its implied structure directs the decision making, resource allocation, and workflow of the organization. Is it consistent with the strategy?Systems: This comprises the information flows that coordinate activities between groups and across the organization structure while helping direct worker behavior, including performance management, financial management, operating, forecasting and planning, and other regulating mechanisms. How do these systems help align workers and their actions with the strategy?Culture: This consists of the unwritten rules and norms that govern worker behavior and help coordinate the activities across structural boundaries. Is the organization culture an enabler or impediment to the corporate strategy? What specific behaviors embedded in the culture support the strategy? What specific behaviors block the strategy? A synthesis of the information evaluating the ability of the organization to implement the strategy using Kouzes and Posner?s Five Practices (for example, modeling the way) as a framework. Include answers to the following:Company CultureDescribe the values and culture of your organization.What are the values of your organization?How are they reflected in the behaviors you see at work?Employee BehaviorsDescribe the behaviors in your organization.Are these behaviors consistent with the business strategy?Where do they conflict with the strategy?What new behaviors are required to align with the strategy?LeadershipHow might you and other leaders create new behaviors to support the strategy?What specific actions would you implement to communicate, motivate, model the way, coach, inspire the vision, challenge the process, and encourage the heart?Your response to each part of the assignment should be approximately three pages.Your final product will be in a word document and be approximately 10?12 pages in length and utilize 4?7 scholarly sources in your research. Your paper should be written in a clear, concise, and organized manner, demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.By Wednesday, October 29, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.Assignment ComponentProficientMax PointsContent Knowledge: UnderstandingCommunicates understanding of the organization?s current vision, mission, and strategy.Response incorporates analysis and synthesis of central concepts of the assigned topic.Response reflects understanding of the nature of the specific topic within the discipline and its applications in contemporary times.Response provides necessary details and specific examples./ 80 pts.Content Knowledge: Application Component 1Communicates the ability to analyze the ?strategic cascade? of the organization and complete a SWOT analysis.Response demonstrates a working command of the disciplinary content knowledge. Response examines the specific issue within the context of the topic area using relevant details and examples.Response analyzes the specific aspect of the issue to applicable areas within the discipline and their relevance to real world contexts.Response is adequately supported by current and relevant literature./ 40 pts.Content Knowledge: Application Component 2Communicates the ability to summarize the internal environment, including the organization?s values and the key elements that influence the worker?s behavior.Response demonstrates a working command of the disciplinary content knowledge. Response examines the specific issue within the context of the topic area using relevant details and examples.Response analyzes the specific aspect of the issue to applicable areas within the discipline and their relevance to real world contexts.Response is supported by current and relevant literature./ 40 pts.Content Knowledge: Application Component 3Communicates the ability to state the ability of the organization to implement the strategy.Response demonstrates a working command of the disciplinary content knowledge. Response examines the specific issue within the context of the topic area using relevant details and examples.Response analyzes the specific aspect of the issue to applicable areas within the discipline and their relevance to real world contexts.Response is supported by current and relevant literature./20 pts.Written Communication/Personal EffectivenessConveys through written word understanding and application of the essential assignment components.Writing is concise and clear in content, language use, grammar, organization, and sentence structure. Writing is free of major grammatical and usage errors./ 20 pts.TotalAssignment 2: Working Ahead: Required Assignment?Workforce 2020 Executive ReportThis assignment will help you prepare for the next module's assignment about Workforce 2020. Workforce 2020 refers to the type of workforce leaders are likely to encounter in 2020. The concept refers to the workforce that will emerge from trends such as increased globalization and diversity, more extensive use of technology, and the use of non-traditional staff such as more contractors and other ?just-in-time? assets.For this assignment, you will need to consider trends in leadership and organizational structure, for example, the move toward a more participative leadership style and a more networked organizational structure.Identify an organization of your choice. This could be your current employer. It could even be a hypothetical organization or that of one of your peers. Be sure you have access to information about the organization and about the industry the organization is in. We would suggest choosing an organization and industry that are changing so that you can explore strategies for change management.Research on that organization, and then respond to the following:Describe the organization you have chosen. Please include the name and a short description of the organization?s products or services.How does the organization motivate its employees? Describe any programs or methods they use to motivate workers. If the organization does not have any employee motivational strategies, suggest some strategies that you think will be effective.Describe the current state of the organization?s workforce dynamic. Is its workforce growing? Is it changing? How is it changing and why?What are some of the workforce trends that this organization needs to address? What similar organizations can be used as a benchmark?What are some of the industry trends that are affecting the organization overall? Is the industry growing, or declining?Write your initial response in 3?5 pages in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.By Wednesday, November 5, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M4: Assignment 2 Dropbox.Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsProvided in-depth analysis on chosen organization using the Workforce 2020 framework.40Provided analysis on employee motivation and organizational trends using the Workforce 2020 framework.24Identified industry trends and strategies for managing the trends.24Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner, demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.12Total:Assignment 2: LASA 2 Assignment?Workforce 2020 Executive ReportBoth leadership and organizational strategy in the next decade will see major trends affecting the way organizations conduct business. These include the deployment of more technology to extend reach and access, increased globalization, increased diversity, more focus on extended supply chains, and a more nomadic workforce. In this assignment, you will consider these trends and analyze how they may impact your selected organization and what actions are necessary to get ready to address these trends.You have been appointed by your organization (either a hypothetical one or one you are familiar with) to prepare its Workforce 2020 executive report.The report should be as detailed as possible for the CEO of your organization. That means it should include the key points of your research, analysis, and findings. The report should also contai

 

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