Individual Essay: 21st-century leadership (2000 words)
Organisations today face significantly different challenges from those of the past.
For example; more diverse workforces, greater technological change, more mobile workforces, organisations seeking flexibility and rationalisation, more women aspiring to lead in male dominated organisations and industries.
In light of these changes it seems reasonable to assume leaders will need to consider alternative approaches to leadership, while followers may have to provide flexibility, willingness to learn and adapt, as well as the ability to accept responsibility.
Write an essay explaining ONE major challenge facing organisations in the near FUTURE, choosing from the selection below. You should identify the specific focus and the implications set in a particular organisation or industry of your choice. You should then identify and justify the kind of leadership and negotiation capabilities that are required to secure successful outcomes.
N.B. The focus of your work should be on the relationships that exist in organisations and NOT strategy, operations, or HR
1. Increasingly technological workplaces; provide clear identification of the specific challenge
2. Organisational flexibility; incorporation of new working arrangements
3. Diversity; gender, culture, generational difference, sexual orientation – CHOOSE ONE ONLY
In each case you should CLEARLY articulate the CHALLENGE related to either an industry or an organisation and how it affects LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS which MUST be supported by research and include specific issues.
Show how theory informs practice to develop solutions (you should be sure to cover leadership in terms of the process as covered in the lecture series – including all aspects of the process; person, influence, individual/groups and goals). Your work should be in essay format 2000 Words.
There is NO NEED TO GIVE LENGTHY DESCRIPTIONS OF THEORY
You are free to use any recognised referencing system, but consistency is necessary. Consider using Harvard style.
Marking criteria for assessment
Coherent and convincing identification of a major challenge facing organisations in the contemporary world 20%
Identification of relevant leadership and negotiation concepts, and insightful application to the essay topic 25%
Evidence of reading from a range of reliable, valid and current sources; careful referencing 15%
Critical and independent thinking 15%
Good structure: an effective introduction and conclusion, logical organisation of material, effective use of paragraphs, integration of all sections into a unitary whole 15%
Clear expression of ideas, well edited, high standard of presentation and attention to details 10%