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Paper #1: The Role of the Leader (21 percent)
In the past
weeks, students have learned about leaders and leadership. Leaders are social architects who design an
organizational environment that encourages a desired range of social behaviors
in an effort to meet the organizational goals set forth. Social architects create vision and strategic
direction, shape culture and values and lead change.
is designed in a way that students can demonstrate knowledge of the material
covered in weeks 1 – 4 and applies leadership concepts and ideas to a
real-world situation. Students will
delve into the details of the case study and the course readings but must also
look at the situation from a strategic point of view since Dunn wants a
Elements to include in Paper #1:
assessment, you will act as Joseph Dunn, the leader of Dunn’s Ski
Emporium. You want to purchase The Deli,
so there is a lot of work to do before entering into the possible addition of a
business you know nothing about. As
Dunn, you will develop a leadership plan (not a business plan) writing from a
leader’s perspective. So, you ask, what
it means to write from a leader’s perspective?
Writing from the
leader’s perspective means you will approach Dunn’s vision through the people
centric viewpoint of the leader. You are focused on how the two businesses will
meet the vision through the decision making flow and grouping of people within
the organizations. How do you best use
the people to meet your vision? Even
though it is tempting to write in the first person, a plan is written in the
third person in which a story will unfold.
Dunn is essentially telling a story of how he is going to purchase the Deli
and bring George and the business in as part of the Dunn Ski Emporium. Dunn will need to figure out how he is going
to combine these two businesses and use his leadership skills to do so. Remember, you are writing from the leader’s
perspective and are not solving problems but literally creating and developing
an environment in which problems will be resolved by those who make the
Dunn plans on
designing an organizational structure that fulfills his vision, one that he
believes George has for The Deli, and one that will fulfill its mission. The organization must be open to change and
possess a culture that empowers its employees to follow the vision
created. Like all good social
architects, the building must start with a design that suites the purpose of
the business and seeks to make it the best building for the job. The entire
paper is the plan. Students are expected
to be creative but realistic in developing pieces of the plan. For example, feel free to assign names and
roles to the people in the business. In
being creative students may not change the facts in the plan. Dunn will provide
the plan to George Atkins once Dunn sits down with him to begin negotiations,
so the plan must be polished. Also to
make sure questions can easily be addressed, Dunn is going to write in the
active voice and support the reasoning behind his ideas. Dunn wants to demonstrate a thorough
knowledge of the leadership material, so a wide range of the readings will appear
in the plan.
Dunn has created
an outline for the plan and has determined the following headings or steps to
paragraph in which purpose of the plan is explained and How Dunn’s approach to
designing the plan is appropriate to his role as a social architect in the
the organization’s purpose and goals.
For example, what does the business do to make money? what is required
in terms of the type of people who need to run the day-to-day operations?
Discuss the critical elements that must be in place for Dunn to be successful
in this new venture.
vision and mission statements;
an organizational structure including an organizational chart that compliments
the business purpose and its purpose when the merger takes place. Evaluate the key people like George Aitkin’s
role in Dunn’s plan and how the decision making and placement of people would
make the business flow;
an organizational culture that complements the organizational structure,
business (es) purpose, and supports Dunn’s vision (use the OCAI to help in your
the environment for change in your plan.
For example, is there a mechanism built in to the organizational
structure and culture to facilitate change?
Joseph Dunn as a change agent for the business environment? What steps should Dunn take for short-term
change? For long-term change?
Within the steps
of the plan, Dunn will analyze the following elements of leadership. In covering these steps, it is necessary to
perform an analysis in terms of how and why steps are taken. Students are not covering the topics
superficially but are required to use the course readings to explain the
1) Joseph Dunn
as a social architect
2) Joseph Dunn
as an individual – be sure to include what Dunn can do to enhance his role as
3) Joseph Dunn
as a change agent for the business environment?
What steps should Dunn take for short-term change? For long-term change?
Aitkin’s role in Dunn’s plan;
5) Based on your
leadership plan, discuss how Dunn might integrate the role managers have to
strengthen his vision.
6) Discuss the
critical elements that must be in place for Dunn to be successful in this new
Formatting of The Plan:
Since this is a
plan, students are able to write single, spaced with a double space between
12-point font, and three -five pages in length including diagrams.
page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
headings as indicated;
that provides the key points of Dunn’s plan;
is expected to be clear and concise;
in the third person;
APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use
direct quotes. Deductions will be taken when direct quotes are used and found
to be unnecessary;
resources may be used but the majority of the support will come from the course
readings with a wide array of readings used;
the paper in the Assignment Folder.
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