For this Assignment, you will submit your Leader Development Plan. Be sure to incorporate what you learned this week about contingency, situational, and path-goal theories into your understanding of which leadership styles would be appropriate for the leadership role you selected. Also, incorporate feedback you have received from the Weeks 1, 2, and 3 Assignments.
- Revisit the Leader Development Plan Instructional Aid (attached).
- Consider the leadership role you selected in Week 1( Motivation). Think about the traits, skills, behaviors, and styles that would be most useful in this role, given contextual factors such as follower and task characteristics.
- Using your leader assessment results and feedback you have received throughout your career, assess your strengths and limitations as a leader in the role you selected (motivation) based on the following: personality traits, emotional intelligence, cognitive abilities/skills, behaviors, stage of development (Leadership Maturity Framework), and leadership styles. Be sure to incorporate what you learned this week about contingency, situational, and path-goal theories of leadership into your understanding of which leadership styles would be appropriate for the leadership role.
- Revisit the leader development resources and complete the following:
- Create three SMART goals for developing yourself in the leadership role you selected, based on your assessment of your strengths and limitations.
- Identify on-the-job activities; mentoring, coaching, and feedback activities; and classroom-based activities you will engage in to achieve each goal.
- Consider the action steps you will take and the resources you will need to complete the activities. Also, reflect on the timeframes in which you will complete the activities.
- Think about the methods you would use and data you would collect to assess whether you achieved each goal. Be sure to focus on Level 3 (Application and Implication) and 4 (Results or Business Impact) of the evaluation framework.
By Day 7
- Submit a 5 page Leader Development Plan that includes the following:
- A brief description of a specific leadership role of interest to you. This role could be one you already have or one that you are interested in pursuing in the future. The leadership role could also be one that interests you in terms of coaching. For example, you may identify a CEO leadership role if you are interested in becoming an executive coach.
- A brief description of the organization’s mission and vision
- An assessment of your strengths and limitations in relation to:
- One specific personality trait, one cognitive ability/skill, and one aspect of emotional intelligence that would help you be successful in the role and organization you described
- Two or more specific leadership styles that would be most effective in the leadership role and organization
- Your current and desired stage of development in the Leader Maturity framework based on the leadership role and organization
- Two specific behaviors that would be effective in the leadership role and organization, based on contingency, situational, and/or path-goal theories
- Be sure that your assessment is based on your results from the MLQ + ALQ assessments as well as feedback you have received throughout your professional career. Note: You are neither expected nor required to share specific assessment scores with your Instructor or classmates.
- Three SMART goals for leader development based on your previous assessment.
- An explanation of the development activities you will engage in to achieve each goal. Be sure to use the 70-20-10 approach as a guideline. While you are not required to adhere to exact percentages, be sure that most of your development activities occur on the job, some occur through mentoring, coaching, and feedback, and very few occur in a classroom setting.
- An explanation of the methods you will use and the data you will collect to measure whether you achieved each goal.
- Be sure that your plan is supported with relevant leadership literature.