Assignment 1: Review last week’s posts. Choose one of the articles posted by a fellow student last week that intrigued you, and read it. Respond to the following questions:
What leadership principles discussed by the author were also covered by your course reading?
What leadership theory, philosophy, or model is best represented by the author?
Reflecting on Session 7 Devotion and this review of the course reading, has a better understanding this leadership theory or model, or some other theory or model learned in this course, benefited you as a leader? How do you understand the relationship of your faith and your leadership as a result of this course?
Cite at least two academic sources, including the original article and the textbook or other course reading.
Assignment 2: In Isaiah 36, we overhear the conversation between a servant of a pagan king and a servant of an Israelite king. The message from the king of Assyria was “On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have counsel and might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. But if you say to me, ‘We are depending on the Lord our God’—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship before this altar’?” (Isaiah 36:4b-7). Upon hearing this message, and being challenged by Isaiah the prophet to seek God, King Hezekiah realized that he had forgotten about God and was relying on his own strength and the strength of alliances with foreigners to protect him. At this point, Hezekiah realized the error of his ways and returned to God. As a result, God gave Israel victory over Assyria without Israel having to even go to war.
In strategic leadership, we can sometimes rely on our own strength and our partnerships with secular organizations for our success. This story reminds us that success comes from our reliance on God. God still expects us to do our part, though. Whether it is through prayer, investing the talents he has given us, or living with godly character, we are responsible to seek success from God’s perspective.
What specific topic have you learned about in this course that has both increased your knowledge about leadership and also increased your dependence on God for your ability to lead or follow?
Assignment 3: Comparative Leadership Paper – 300 points
Each student will write a paper comparing and contrasting Machiavellian leadership with either transformational, authentic, or servant leadership theory (student’s choice).
Following an introduction with a thesis statement, the student will:
define and describe Machiavellian leadership and the chosen leadership theory and compare and contrast how a leader using each style would differ on three major themes: communication, motivation, and organizational change, and
evaluate the impact each leadership style would have on a leader’s perspective of environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. Finally, the student will summarize their findings with a concise conclusion.
A sample APA paper will be provided to assist the student with formatting. The student will cite the textbook, a minimum of three articles from peer-reviewed journals, Scripture, and the book The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.
The paper will be between 2400-3000 words in length (at least 8 typed pages), not including the title or reference pages. The paper will be evaluated using the Comparative Leadership Paper Rubric.
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