The Leadership Reflection Paper (critical assignment) will require students to explore 8-10 leadership theories that are considered to be the most fundamental concepts to understanding leadership from the Northouse Introduction to Leadership text. Additionally, students are expected to describe concepts utilizing a minimum of five scholarly references and/or professional resources, including the Northouse text for a total of six resources to substantiate the authors position, and draw connections to the course learning outcomes addressed throughout the course (research, other perspectives, reflection and application, systems thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, idea generation, problem solving, decision making). Further, an evaluation of your leadership and spiritual growth including any opportunities for continuous development will also need to be integrated into the paper.
The organization of the leadership reflection paper might follow the format of discussing a leadership theory, and drawing a connection to an applicable learning outcome. For this example, I will use the concept of outgroup members and the course learning outcome other perspectives. Northouse (2018) discusses the importance of listening to the ideas of outgroup members. Outgroup members, normally do not follow organizational norms and culture therefore go unheard and made to feel different. However, leaders who embrace diversity and inclusion with all stakeholders, are highly considerate and allow the “different values and skills to be recognized and embraced” because differences of opinions and ideas bring value and contribution to the organization (Northhouse, 2018, p. 218). As such a leader who listens to other perspectives understands the value of others opinions and experiences, and furthermore takes into consideration all perspectives in the decision-making process (Seemiller, 2014).
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