Critically reflect on your own experience of leadership and suggest areas for your own development, including an Action Plan
HR6002 Leadership in Organizations
This assignment requires you to do the following:
- Critically reflect on your own experience of leadership and suggest areas for your own development, including an Action Plan (1500 words). Addresses learning outcome 4 and 6.
- Use leadership theory and concepts in the analysis and evaluation of the leadership of Elon Musk CEO of Telsa (1500 words). Addresses learning outcomes 1,2,3,5
You are advised to focus on one or two specific experiences of leadership – either where you were in a leadership role, or where you could observe ‘leadership’ in action even if you were not a ‘leader’. These experiences might be drawn from your work experience or from other experience (voluntary work, student experience in working in a group, parenting, sport or other leisure activities). The experience should be one where you were an active participant. You should briefly describe the situation and evaluate the leadership process using relevant theory and concepts drawn from the academic literature on leadership. You should reflect on what the leadership experience taught you about your own leadership style and how you need to develop. In suggesting areas for your own development you should focus on skills or attributes that you think you need to develop, based on analysis of the experience. You should situate this reflection within the concepts and theory discussed in class and/or through your reading for the module. As an appendix you should attach a development plan to provide concrete evidence of how you have sought to improve your leadership.
The second part of the assignment requires you to critically evaluate the leadership of Elon Musk CEO of Tesla. You should consider the effectiveness of Musk’s leadership qualities from the perspectives of the leadership theories explored on the module. Your essay could consider the following theories; trait and behavioural theories, situational and contingency theory, transformational and transactional leadership, distributed leadership, ethical leadership and critical leadership perspectives.
You should read widely on theories of leadership, styles of leadership and critical leadership, and apply these critically to Elon Musk. You should also incorporate a regard for the ethics of leadership. Sources relating to Musk’s leadership style are available on this Moodle Page. It is important you read these in-depth in the context of the leadership theories we are exploring on the module so that you can form your own argument in relation to how theories of leadership apply to his leadership.
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