Application papers: “Leadership moment” case papers
DO NOT USE CASES SUPPLIED IN OUR TEXTBOOKS!
Students will read the weekly assigned chapters in the assigned textbooks and
choose an example of a leadership theory or concept in action to illustrate/relate
to the concept (cite the textbook you use as foundational material copiously
throughout the paper, literally in almost every sentence except the part where
you are “setting the stage”). Choose your real case scenarios from current news,
scholarly or business articles, or from personal experience. The purpose of this
assignment is to integrate the theory and concepts with “real world” examples.
These papers will be shared in class so that others may learn and benefit from
this integration. Each paper should be at least page and half double-spaced pages of
content (or about 7-10 paragraphs) and written in APA format using the APA
referencing methodology. For this assignment only: no cover page; no page
break for References, no abstract, TOC, etc. please.
Hint: in American writing, a paragraph has a unifying main idea and starts
with a topic sentence–which sums up the entire paragraph–and takes
about 3-8 sentences, or approximately 100 words.
More Hints: Pease do not submit your first draft (also known as
“brainstorm”). Carefully edit and proofread your draft for professional
(but not legalese!) tone, organization, spelling, punctuation, and grammar
before posting it for academic and business audiences. Please refrain
from writing in the second person (“you” and “your”), from using jargon,
from padding your papers with repetition, redundancies, clichés, fluff,
and from using the following expressions: “nowadays”, “in this day and
age,” “in the book it says,” “in conclusion,” “I truly believe,” ”According
to the author, he/she states” – to name just a few.
You will be submitting all papers through Turnitin FIRST and getting your
individual reports within a couple of minutes.
Recommended Outline for application papers:
DO NOT WRITE ANY INTRODUCTION: START YOUR PAPER WITH YOUR
STORY: What happened? Where? When? DO NOT RETELL OR
SUMMARIZE THE CHAPTER IN NORTHOUSE – I WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO
REGURGITATE WHAT YOU HAVE READ IN THE BOOK!
Case Summary: A brief restatement of the case in summary form: What
happened? When? Where? – No longer than 200 words (This could also be a
summary of an article from a business publication: you are welcome to use an
article, a TV show, or a movie –if you cannot think of any real-case situation).
Discussion: (Why did it happen? What is right? What is wrong?) The
major issue(s) to be addressed in your paper. This can be a statement of the
major problem(s) and or opportunities presented in the case.
Your paper should use the relevant terminology identified in the text (Northouse)
to show your understanding of the terms and their applications. If you quote the
text for any referencing to support your discussion, you must use quotation marks
and cite the page and author (in our text case, Northouse, 2016) in each citation.
If you cite other sources, you must reference them as well. Use APA, not MLA!
Recommendations and Conclusions: (How could it have been different?) This
is the opportunity you have to state what you believe is the best set of actions or
steps to be taken to correct the problem or achieve a major opportunity to
improvement indicated by the case such as defining the following:
✓ Where you believe the company should go from the current (last known)
situation defined for the case and why
✓ What steps or process should be taken by management to remedy a
clearly defined problem, how and why
✓ Who (by title and or function) in the company needs to take responsibility
✓ change a bad situation to an improved situation
✓ What exactly needs to change, when should it change, how should it be
✓ and why
On average, is around 2 pages long and has 4 direct and indirect
quotes from the textbook used.
Textbook: Northouse, P.G. (2016). Leadership theory and practice, (7 ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
You can find the book online it has a black cover
Each student selects an article, reads it, and delivers an initial commentary
This is the article to write 175 words about it