Module 1 Case AssignmentOnce you are finished with your research on Ellison and havethoroughly reviewed the background materials on leadership traits, behaviors,and styles, write a 4to 5-page paper addressing the questions below. For eachanswer, make sure to cite at least one of the Case Assignment articles listedon this page as well as one of the required textbook chapters from thebackground materials—for example, Hiriyappa (2009), or Bauer and Erdogan(2012).

Module 1 Case Assignment
Once you are finished with your research on Ellison and have
thoroughly reviewed the background materials on leadership traits, behaviors,
and styles, write a 4- to 5-page paper addressing the questions below. For each
answer, make sure to cite at least one of the Case Assignment articles listed
on this page as well as one of the required textbook chapters from the
background materials—for example, Hiriyappa (2009), or Bauer and Erdogan
(2012).
1. How would you
describe Ellison’s personality and leadership traits? Refer to the specific
leadership traits discussed in Hiriyappa (2009) or Bauer and Erdogan (2012).
2. Would you
describe Ellison’s behavior as being task-oriented, or
people/relationship-oriented? Refer to Hiriyappa (2009) and Bauer and Erdogan
(2012).
3. How would you
describe Ellison’s leadership style? Consider the leadership styles discussed
in the “Types of Leaders/Leadership Styles” section of Chapter 10 of Hiriyappa
(2010).
Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.
Module 1 – SLP
LEADERSHIP TRAITS, BEHAVIORS, AND STYLES
For the Session Long Project you will be applying the
concepts in the background materials to your own personal experiences in the
workplace. For this first SLP assignment you will choose a supervisor that you
personally worked for and got to know well, and compare and contrast this
supervisor’s leadership characteristics with your own personal leadership
characteristics using the concepts from the required background materials.
Carefully reflect on your supervisor’s traits, behaviors, and leadership styles.
Then write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following issues:
1. Overall, is your
current role more of a leadership or a management role? How about your
supervisor? Are they a manager or leader? Refer to the section on “Differences
between Leadership and Management” in Chapter 10 of Hiriyappa (2010).
2. What key
differences in leadership traits do you see between yourself and your
supervisor? Refer to specific leadership traits discussed in the required
textbook chapters.
3. What key
differences in leadership behaviors do you see between yourself and your
supervisor? Refer to the concepts of being task-oriented, or
people-centered/relationship-oriented that are discussed in the required
background materials.
4. How would you
compare your own leadership style with that of your supervisor? Consider
leadership styles discussed in the background text materials such as autocratic
style, participative/democratic style, and laissez-faire/free-rein style.
SLP Assignment Expectations
· Follow the assignment
instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.

Module 2 – Case
ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL: SITUATIONAL APPROACHES TO
LEADERSHIP
Assignment Overview
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this assignment, first review the background materials with a focus on Hersey
and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model. Make sure you are familiar with
the four leadership styles covered in the situational approach including
Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating and situations where you are
supposed to use these four styles.
Also, familiarize yourself with the more complex Path-Goal
model and Fiedler’s Contingency model. You don’t need to know these two models
in as much detail as the Situational model to complete this assignment, but
make sure you understand the main idea of these models as well as some of their
main advantages and disadvantages.
Case Assignment
1. For each of the
following situations, explain which of the four leadership styles covered in
the Situational model should be used and explain your reasoning with references
to Chapter 4 of Avery (2011) and at least one other required reading from the
background materials:
A. You are in charge
of a team of architects. They are highly skilled but have strong opinions and
do not necessarily follow instructions. These architects are independent
thinkers who are used to doing things their own way.
B. You are in charge
of a fast-food restaurant. The employees are all teenagers who have not yet
graduated from high school, and this is the first job for most of them.
C. You are the
supervisor of a team of software engineers. They are all highly skilled and
highly motivated, and are used to working independently. All of them believe in
the mission of the company.
2. Each of the three
models (Situational, Fielder Contingency, Path-Goal) covered in this module
involves both “inputs” and “outputs.” For example, Situational Leadership
involves taking employee commitment and competency as inputs and then—based on
the employee information—choosing Directing, Coaching, Supporting, or
Delegating as an output. Create a table comparing and contrasting the three
models in terms of inputs and outputs, and include a 1- or 2-paragraph
discussion of your table.
3. Based on your
table in Part 2 above and the readings, which of the three models do you think
is most useful? Take into consideration both its ability to adapt leadership
styles to realistic situations you may face, as well as ease of use of the
model.
Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.
Module 2 – SLP
ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL: SITUATIONAL APPROACHES TO
LEADERSHIP
For the Module 2 SLP assignment you will continue to apply
the concepts from the background materials to your own personal experiences in
the workplace. Think carefully about Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational
Leadership model and the four leadership styles of Directing, Coaching,
Supporting, and Delegating. Then consider the styles of one or more of the
supervisors you have worked with, and reflect upon whether or not their style
changed depending on the situation.
After doing some reflecting on your own experiencing and
reviewing the background materials, write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the
following issues:
1. Take a look at
the four developmental levels D1-D4 discussed in Avery (2004). Which of these
levels best describes the developmental level of your supervisor’s full team?
2. How would you
describe the tasks required of your supervisor’s full team? Are they structured
or unstructured?
3. Overall, how well
does your supervisor’s leadership style match with the developmental level of
their team and the characteristics of the team’s tasks? Consider the
Situational Leadership model for developmental level and the Path-Goal model
for task characteristics in your answer.
4. Based on either
the Situational Leadership or Path-Goal model, do you have any recommendations
for how your supervisor could change their leadership style?
SLP Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused on
the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of
space to summarizing general background materials
· List supporting
references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use appropriate
writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both a
bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.
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There is strong agreement that transformational leadership
is an ideal most leaders should strive for. However, measuring and evaluating
whether or not someone is a transformational leader is very tricky. Do you
think transformational leadership is something that can easily be measured, or
more like something that you could describe as “you know it when you see
it”?

Do a Google search on “transformational leadership
questionnaire” or “transformational leadership quiz” and try to
find a good questionnaire that measures one’s transformational leadership
qualities. Take the quiz, and share the link with your classmates. Discuss how
accurate and reliable you think this quiz is, and whether or not it would be
useful in the business world. As a follow-up post, try taking one of the
questionnaires that your classmates found. Finally, make sure to discuss how
the quiz you took relates to the definitions of transformational leadership
that you found in the required background readings.

Module 3 – Home

CHANGE-ORIENTED LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMATIONAL AND CHARISMATIC
LEADERS

Modular Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will
be able to satisfy the following outcomes:
· Case
o Explain the
concept of transformational leadership.
o Explain the
concept of transactional leadership.
o Explain the
concept of charismatic leadership.
· SLP
o Apply the
concepts of transformational, transactional, and charismatic leadership to your
own workplace.
· Discussion
o Describe the
challenges and difficulties in measuring transformational leadership.
Module Overview

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Module 2 you learned about customized leadership approaches such as situational
and contingency leadership models. The idea of these models is that one
leadership size doesn’t fit all. In this module you will be learning about one
approach to leadership that some argue is the ultimate approach to leadership,
especially during times of organizational change. This approach is called
transformational leadership. Transformational leaders go beyond the simple
classifications of leadership styles you learned about in Modules 1 and 2, and
provide their employees with inspirational motivation, mentoring, and
intellectual stimulation. These types of leaders are of course the ones who can
best inspire and motivate all of the employees in the organization during times
of organizational change when personal sacrifices need to be made in order to
meet organizational goals.
Closely related to transformational leadership is
charismatic leadership. A charismatic leader is defined as one who provides a
vision for the organization, is unconventional in their approach, and takes
personal risks in order to reach their vision. Like transformational leaders,
charismatic leaders are also considered the ones most likely to be able to
successfully carry out major organizational changes.
Finally, in this module you will learn about transactional
leadership. This approach is considered somewhat the opposite of
transformational leadership. Transactional leaders often treat dealings with
their employees as a simple transaction—they reward employees who display the
behaviors they desire and punish those who don’t. Transactional leaders are also
known to monitor employees for compliance with rules and regulations, and make
corrections when they find deviations from rules. This type of approach may be
necessary in some situations, but it is not considered the best approach for
making major organizational changes or reaching major long-term organizational
goals.
Module 3 – Case
CHANGE-ORIENTED LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMATIONAL AND CHARISMATIC
LEADERS
Assignment Overview
Image of Travis Kalanick
Travis Kalanick was the founding CEO of the ride-sharing giant
Uber. Under his leadership, Uber has become a globally successful firm with a
valuation over $60 billion. Kalanick is in his early forties, but Uber is the
third firm that he started. Earlier in his career he founded the file-sharing
company Scour which ended up going bankrupt due to lawsuits. He had more
success with another file-sharing company called Red Swoosh which he later sold
for $19 million.
In spite of all of his accomplishments and success, he has
always been a controversial CEO. Recently he was caught on video berating an
Uber driver, a video that went viral. He has also faced allegations of
fostering a toxic corporate culture. After facing a continuing wave of negative
publicity, Kalanick had to step aside as CEO, but remains as a powerful member
of Uber’s Board of Directors. He is also
still one of their major shareholders, so even though another CEO will be
managing the day-to-day, affairs he is likely to remain as a major leader
within Uber.
For this paper you should first thoroughly review the
background readings and make sure you are clear on the distinction between
charismatic, transformational, and transactional leadership. Then do some
research on Travis Kalanick’s leadership style. There is no shortage of
articles about Travis Kalanick and Uber. But harder to find are articles on
what kind of leader he is and how he leads his employees. Here are a few
articles to get you started, but if you can find articles that are more recent
or have more information about his leadership style, feel free to use them in
your paper instead:
Hook, L. (2017, March 10). Uber: The crisis inside the “cult
of Travis.” Financial Times, p. 11.[ProQuest]
Reuters. (2017, April 13). Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s iron
grip poses challenge in COO search. Economic Times. Retrieved from
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/uber-ceo-travis-kalanicks-iron-grip-poses-challenge-in-coo-search/articleshow/58168763.cms
Fast Company. (2015, September 25). Travis Kalanick, the
fall and spectacular rise of the man behind Uber. South China Morning Post.
Retrieved from
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1860723/travis-kalanick-fall-and-spectacular-rise-man-behind-uber
Case Assignment
After you have reviewed the background materials and done
some research on Travis Kalanick, write a 4- to 5-page paper addressing the
issues below. Make sure to cite both required background readings such as
Barine and Minja (2012) or Luthans et al. (2015) as well as specific articles
on Travis Kalanick.
1. Does Travis
Kalanick meet the definition of a charismatic leader based on what you’ve read?
Explain your answer using both the required background textbook readings as
well as specific information you found about Kalanick.
2. Does Travis
Kalanick meet the definition of a transformational leader based on what you’ve
read? Explain your answer using both the required background textbook readings
as well as specific information you found about Kalanick.
3. Does Travis
Kalanick meet the definition of a transactional leader based on what you’ve
read? Explain your answer using both the required background textbook readings
as well as specific information you found about Kalanick.
4. Overall, what do
you believe are the main benefits and drawbacks of Travis Kalanick’s approach
to leadership? Do you think he needs to make major changes in his leadership
style?
Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.
Module 3 – SLP
CHANGE-ORIENTED LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMATIONAL AND CHARISMATIC
LEADERS
For the Module 3 SLP assignment you will be again be
applying the concepts from the background materials to your own personal
experiences. You can write about the same supervisor you wrote about in Modules
1 and 2, or choose a different supervisor that you worked with and got to know
well.
Carefully review the concepts and definitions of
charismatic, transformational, and transactional leadership. Then write a 2- to
3-page paper addressing the following issues using specific examples from your
personal experiences:
1. Describe a
situation you experienced in the workplace when a current or past supervisor
used a transformational or charismatic approach to motivate their employees.
Was it effective?
2. Describe a
situation you experienced in the workplace when a current or past supervisor
used a transactional approach to motivate their employees. Was it effective?
3. Based on what
you’ve read for this class so far as well as from your own experience working
with different supervisors, do you think transformational and charismatic
leadership can be learned or do you think it something you are born with? To
support your answer, use both of the following: your personal experiences and
references from the required background materials.
SLP Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused on the precise assignment
questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing
general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.

Module 4 – Case
MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
Assignment Overview
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this assignment, first do a thorough review of the required background
materials and read up on each author’s discussion about Kotter’s eight-step
model of change, Lewin’s three-step model, and the five steps involved in
action research. All of the authors discuss at least one of these models. There
are also some videos on some of these models that might help.

Case Assignment
When you are done reviewing these models of organizational
change, take a look at the scenarios described in Questions 1-3. For each of
these scenarios, explain which of the three models of change would be most
appropriate for this situation. You are required to cite at least three of the
sources from the background readings in your paper. Finally, Question 4 is a
summary question that you should also answer using the required readings. Your
paper should be 4–5 pages in length:
1. A corporation has
had recent problems with increased turnover of employees and decreased
profitability. However, nobody is sure exactly what the problem is or what to
do about it. Senior managers have been arguing for many months about what to
do, but it is clear nobody is being objective or has a clear idea about what to
do to get the company back on track. Explain which organizational change model
would be most suited for this scenario using at least one of the required
background readings.
2. A financial
services company has been using the same software system for 10 years and
employees have grown very accustomed to using this system. The employees are
hard-working but very resistant to change. When word leaks out that management
is considering a switch to a completely new software system, the employees
become very upset as a new system will require a tremendous amount of training
and hard work. Management determines that a new system is necessary in order to
remain competitive but is concerned about the difficulty in dealing with
employees who are so resistant to any type of change. Explain which
organizational change model would be most suited for this scenario using at
least one of the required background readings.
3. A company has
been gradually losing market share to competitors and the CEO believes radical
change is needed in order to stay in business. He is concerned that his
employees will be resistant to change and may be successful in blocking the
necessary changes. The CEO also believes that if he can make a strong enough
case that changes are urgently needed, he will obtain a the support of a large
enough number of employees and senior managers that will help him overcome any
resistance to the needed changes. Explain which organizational change model
would be most suited for this scenario using at least one of the required
background readings.
4. Conclude your
paper with a discussion about which of the three change models you think is the
most useful and which one you think is the least useful. Support your answer
with references to the required background materials.
Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.
Module 4 – SLP
MANAGING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
For the Module 4 SLP assignment think about a major
organizational change that occurred in your workplace. Think carefully about
the steps taken by management during the change process, and the organizational
change processes and concepts that you read about in the background materials.
Then write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following issues. Make sure to
cite at least two of the required background readings on organizational change
in your paper:
1. Describe the
change that occurred in your workplace, and list the major steps or stages
involved in this change.
2. What stages were
successful during this process, and which ones were problematic or handled
poorly?
3. Do a side-by-side
comparison between the steps you listed in your answer to Question 1 and the
steps used in Lewin’s three steps, Kotter’s eight steps, or the five-step
approach of action research. What were the key similarities and differences
between these models and the ones used in your organization?
4. Based on your
answers to Questions 2 and 3, do you think the change process would have gone
better if management used Lewin’s three steps, Kotter’s eight steps, or the
five-step approach of action research?
SLP Assignment Expectations
· Follow the
assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the
instructions.
· Stay focused
on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot
of space to summarizing general background materials
· List
supporting references and cite sources in proper format.
· Use
appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
· Include both
a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a
High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations.
Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My
Resources” in the TLC portal.

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