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THE COMPANY SELECTED IS Trader Joe’s, THE SUPERMARKET. Description: Select an organization such as your work, school, or other company to which you have access. Use your text as a reference to describe and analyze the leadership styles in that organization (do not copy definitions or phrases word-for- word to avoid excessive matching percentages in the SafeAssign system). The discussion may focus on one manager/leader or compare and contrast two specific managers in the organization. Your description of leadership should include the manager’s knowledge of individual and group behavior and ability to motivate and communicate. Describe their ability to alter leadership styles by referring to situational leadership theory in chapter 3 of your text. Your discussion should include an analysis and observation of how and when the leader/manager employs each of the four styles listed below (these may be Level 2 headings in the Analysis section):
• The Telling or Directing style
• The Selling or Coaching style
• The Participating or Supporting style
• The Delegating style
In each of the four cases, provide your assessment of manager/leader effectiveness as you consider follower developmental or “readiness” level. You will need to look ahead in your textbook for a basic understanding of these concepts as you prepare your draft. Your future lessons will address all of these issues so that you will have more complete information by the time your final paper is due.
Requirements: The paper must be well written with proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and references. The Research Papers will be a minimum of 6 to 7 typed pages plus a cover page and a References page, bringing the total to 8 or 9 pages. The paper will be double-spaced using 12-point “Times New Roman” font and standard one-inch margins. This equates to approximately 1500 to 1800 words. The paper must be correctly formatted and documented using the APA style.
Specific description (assembling the paper): Use level 1 and level 2 headings for the sections shown in these instructions. The paper should consist of the following sections:
• Introduction – (Level 1 heading) describe the purpose of the paper by identifying your organization and clearly stating your thesis. This is the information that you will show or prove about the organization. A thesis might
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include a statement such as “The XYZ Corporation’s leadership is well-founded and preparing for success in the future” or, “The xyz corporation has several leadership flaws that might limit success in the future.” Note that your analysis section will provide support for this thesis (or opinion) and your conclusion will describe how you proved your position. Size: About one page total.
• Background – (Level 1 heading) provide some historical perspective for the organization. You should research and include references that provide this background information. Size: About one page total.
• Analysis – (Level 1 heading) your discussion of several leadership styles will be included in this section. You may focus on one or two specific leaders or the leadership as a whole. Use Level 2 headings as sub-headings for each of the four leadership styles you will describe.
Note that many students plan to describe personal observations or experiences with the leadership at their place of work as implied in these instructions. However, please understand that this is a research paper, it is NOT a vehicle for merely expressing YOUR opinions on various leadership styles.
Specifically, this paper offers the opportunity to report on an observed style and then present the research on how the experts evaluate its effectiveness in the given situation. Consequently, avoid writing an “autobiography” simply describing your personal experiences and opinions on the styles. You may express your personal opinions in the conclusion but limit the body of your research report to examining how the researchers have assessed the styles you are observing and describing.
Finally, these instructions state you must cite a leadership book (other than your text) and scholarly journal articles. Consequently, you must reference these expert scholarly researchers along with any of your own observations or personal experiences. The approach you may use to accomplish this is to first explain how you or other managers are leading in various situations. Then, in each situation you present, follow-up your discussion with a comparison to how the style is or is not consistent with what researchers (experts) say about it. You will then give credit to these experts via in-text citations and list them in the references.
Size: This is the main body of your research paper so prepare about one page each for the four leadership styles, four pages total.
• Conclusion – (Level 1 heading) Discuss how your thesis was proved or demonstrated and provide the lessons learned from the subject. You may provide opinions here. Size: About one page.
• References – At least five (5) different sources must be cited and included in a References page. You may include your text as one of these. The sources will
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not include Wikipedia, encyclopedias or dictionaries, although these sources may be used in addition to the others. Use primary sources whenever possible. Sources may include academic journals, books, articles (from major publications and newspapers), and appropriate web-based database sites. The PBSC library maintains extensive research databases accessible on line so make sure you contact or visit the library for assistance if needed. NOTE: At least one leadership book (other than your text) and two journal articles must be included (electronic or hardcopy). You should also expect to include expert documentation (personal interviews) in this paper so you should become familiar with how to cite and reference them (see information at the end of these instructions).
Due Dates and Schedules: Refer to the BlackBoard calendar for the due dates established for selecting the organization, submitting your draft, and submitting the final paper.
APA Formatting, Style Guides, and APA templates are available in the online PBSC library resources. Please contact the BAS librarian for assistance if needed.