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This assessment is weighted at 80% of the final mark for this course.
Observing and evaluating your own leadership behaviour is an important part of developing your own leadership. For this assignment you are required to reflect on what you have learned about your own leadership to date, using leadership theories and frameworks as a lens through which to understand that leadership and associated behaviours and experiences. In so doing you should reflect in particular on the experience gained through your participation in the Everest Challenge. You may also wish to use examples from your wider leadership experience.
Length of Submission: Your submission should be no more than 2000 words in length (+/- 10%). For each piece of assessed coursework, you are required to complete your work within the range of 10% above or below the stated target word count. You must include your actual word count on the submission. Note that for this template the prescribed headings and your reference list at the end DO NOT count towards your word count.
Criteria for Assessment: This submission will be marked against the following criteria:
• Your ability to reflect upon your own leadership experience, especially your participation in the Everest Challenge.
• Your ability to link your reflections to the material covered on the course (theories and frameworks of leadership).
• Your ability to identify how your leadership impacts on others.
• Your ability to identify your professional development needs.
• Your use of evidence to back up key points.
• Saturday 12 December 11.59pm for full time students.
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Reflective Assignment Template: 2000 words +/- 10%
Overview and structure of the paper: c5% [100 words]
A very brief synopsis of what the paper will cover and any arguments you intend to make. Ensure this is simple, clear and precise. Ensure your paper is well structured and segmented and that your arguments are clearly laid out.
Explain your background: c15% [300 words]
Highlight the key events from your own exposure to leadership: include leaders you have observed, leadership roles you have had (no matter how big or small); how does this inform how you understood leadership before the course? What is your starting point – did you regard yourself as a leader and why (or why not)?
Use relevant Leadership Theory to reflect on your experience during the leadership challenge: c60% [1200 words]
Critically reflect on the Leadership Challenge course as a means to explore how you now understand leadership (and followership) and whether and why that has changed from your prior thoughts.
Reflect on yourself as a leader and/or follower: my strengths and weaknesses as a leader/follower are… The things I have done well are… Things I have struggled with are… In particular reflect on what happened during the Everest simulation, and the feedback you received after, and how that informs your view of leadership and/or followership. Remember, you do not need to have been the leader during the simulation to have a view about leadership during the Everest simulation or from your experience on the course more generally.
Apply leadership theory you encountered on the course (including preparation work), duly referenced, as a lens through which to understand your experience. Use the concepts associated with your chosen theories to expand upon your analysis. How does that help you understand what occurred? Critically evaluate both your experience and the theory you use – what is good about it, where is it incomplete or inadequate in light of your experience?
Always give examples from your experience, and feedback received from others on the course, including members of your group, to support your analysis.
My development plan: c20% [400 words]
Give a brief overview of the things you want to do develop your leadership experience and learning and why.
Be specific – what will you do, when, how and how will you get feedback? I will focus on the following… The help I need is the following… The actions I will take are the following…
Insert references used here following the Harward approved referencing method