2.1 Introduction to the task and expectations:
Topic: Leadership Behaviour � which skills, styles and attributes are most effective
2.1 Introduction to the task and expectations:
Please note you are expected to conform to high standards of literacy and academic practice, including literature research and full documentation of sources. This means you must use references in your written assignment and provide research evidence for each question. You must cite those references both in your academic paper and in an end reference list. Failure to do so is likely to result in a failed paper. Be sure to express the ideas you read about, in your own words but acknowledge their source by citing the reference.
You have to answer all questions within the expected word limit. (10% word tolerance). Think carefully about the use of direct quotes as they do not demonstrate to the marker your understanding of the concepts and reading material. You are required to reference using the APA or Harvard referencing method.
In this written assignment, it is expected that you will refer to recent literature on organisational behaviour research, and it is expected that you will all read and refer to at least 6 academic journal articles to achieve the basic requirement. This is in addition to reference to books, academic internet sites etc. Please discuss with your tutor if you are unsure of what is required.
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2.2. Topic and questions on written assignment with short essay
Title: Leadership Behaviour – which skills, styles and attributes are most effective?
Please read the following text that provides you with and introduction to your topic.
Research into the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and transformational leadership is filled with bold claims as to the relationship between these constructs. Noted experts in the field of EI argue that elements of EI such as empathy, self-confidence, and self-awareness are the core underpinnings of visionary or transformational leadership (Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee, 2002). An information package distributed by Multi-Health Systems, the leading distributor of EI assessment tools, claims that “emotional intelligence is synonymous with good leadership.” Some have claimed that “for those in leadership positions, emotional intelligence skills account for close to 90 percent of what distinguishes outstanding leaders from those judged as average” (Kemper, 1999, p. 16). Others have noted the disappointing results of intelligence and personality models in the prediction of exceptional leadership and have argued that EI may represent an elusive “X” factor for predicting transformational leadership (Brown & Moshavi, 2005).” (Harms and Credé, 2010: 5).
Source: Harms, P.D. and Credé M. 2010. Emotional Intelligence and Transformational and Transactional Leadership: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 2010 17, 1, p. 5-17
2.3 Your questions for your written assignment: (Please answer all questions carefully)
Question Please use these questions as headers for your assignment. Word limit/range (+/-10%)
Introduce your written assignment.
Please note: in the introduction you introduce the topic in general, and give an overview on what the reader can expect to find in the following assignment. 300
Define the concepts of leadership behaviour, (including skills, styles and attributes), and emotional intelligence.
Please note: Due to the word limit you need to synthesise and highlight the most important ideas you get from your readings. 500
a) Describe and discuss the concepts of transactional and transformational leadership, and the relationship to emotional intelligence for both. a) 300
b) Describe and discuss 2 other leadership models (or styles) you find interesting, and explain why you chose them. b) 500
Leadership behaviour can be very different and needs to adopt to specific circumstances. Please discuss how leadership behaviour and demands on emotional intelligence might vary according to the examples.
Choose 4 of the given examples
c) Personality (e.g. contrast various personality types)
d) High diverse/heterogenous teams (e.g. managing different cultures)
e) Gender (e.g. gender differences in leadership)
f) Other situation (please choose one that is relevant to you)
Conclusion: Assess the value of your discussion above, and include a brief summary of your writing. Finally, please answer in brief, the question as given in the title. 400
Please note: There is a tolerance of +/- 10% for each question, as well as for your complete assignment. 3000 words overall