MGMT 5273 Strategic Leadership Week 2 Discussion Questions

Assignment 1:  Choose one of the following questions for an initial post. In your response post, choose to respond to at least one person who answered the other question. Answer must be 250 words.

Question 1: After reading Chapter 4 of Northouse and taking the Managerial Grid questionnaire, explain where you fall on the grid. How does your style impact those that you lead? Analyze how your style compares with those reflected in the Servant Leadership model. Integrate appropriate biblical principles in your answer.

Question 2: Chapter 7 of Northouse states that LMX Theory focuses on the dyadic relationship between leaders and followers. How would the understanding of in-group and out-group relationships impact a person’s leadership? Provide some examples from your own experience. Would a Christian leader use this understanding differently than other leaders?

Assignment 2: Continue reading the parable of the talents from last week: Answer must be 250 words.

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew 25:24-30 New International Version)

The servant who knew the owner to be a harsh person operated out of fear. Instead of channeling that fear into productive gain as the first two servants had done, this employee decided to hide his talents. Though it may not be the intended lesson of this story, it is still an interesting idea. People who live in fear of a harsh boss’s wrath hide their talents.

Do you work for a leader who encourages you to discover your strengths and grow the investment that has been made in you, or do you find yourself hiding your talents? As a leader, how can you make sure you help people to operate in their strengths and grow?

Course: MGMT 5273 Strategic Leadership
School: Southern Wesleyan University

  • 02/07/2017
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