Assignment: The Role of the Leader
In the past weeks, students have learned about leaders and their role in the organization. They have been exposed to the idea that a leader is the social architect of the organization. Definitively, leaders are those members of the organization who create the flow of decision making and environment from which organizational goals and values are set forth. Social architects create vision, strategic direction, shape culture and values, and lead change. Leaders align the people’s behavior with the goals and direction of the organization.
This assessment is designed for students to demonstrate knowledge of the material covered in weeks 1 – 4. Students are asked to not only show an understanding of the role of the leader within an organization but to apply leadership concepts and ideas to a real-world situation. Students will delve into the details of the case study and the course readings but must also look at the situation from a strategic point of view since Dunn wants a sustainable business.
use leadership theories, assessment tools, and an understanding of the role of ethics, values, and attitudes to evaluate and enhance personal leadership skills
evaluate the culture and policies of an organization to recommend and implement improvements that support its vision, success, and sustainability
In this assessment, students will act as Joseph Dunn, the leader of Dunn’s Ski Emporium. Dunn want to purchase The Deli, so there is a lot of work to do before entering into the possible addition of a business that little is known about. Write from a leader’s perspective. So, you ask, “What it means to write from a leader’s perspective?”
Writing from the leader’s perspective means approach Dunn’s vision through a people centric viewpoint. Focus on how the two businesses will meet the vision through the decision making flow and grouping of people within the organizations. How does a leader best use the people to meet the vision? Even though it is tempting to write in the first person, a plan is written in the third person for which a story will unfold. Dunn is essentially telling a story of how he is going to