While there are many attempts to define leadership, the one proposed by Northouse is as good as any:
“Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to
achieve a common goal” (pg. 5).
In Discussion 1 we considered an observation by John Kenneth Galbraith: “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”
Discussion 2 pointed out that Culture can be defined as “the learned beliefs, values, norms, symbols, and traditions common to a group of people” (Northouse, pg. 384). Also, Culture can be described as “a way of life of a group of people, the configuration of all the more or less stereotyped patterns of learned behavior, which are handed down from one generation to the next through the means of language and imitation” [Adler, pg. 18].
The purpose of this final assignment is to tie the two concepts of the course together by examining leadership and culture during an historical event marked by a major anxiety. Base your paper on one of the following:
•Joan of d”Arc (1412-1431) and the Hundred Year’s War
•Robespierre and the French Revolution (1789 -1799)
•Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi and India independence
•Lech Walesa and “Solidarity,” Poland
•Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran (1979)
•Ho Chi Minh and the French War in Indo China (circa 1954)
•Golda Meir, Israel, Yom Kippur War
•Fidel Castro, Cuba (1959)
•Vladimir Lenin, Russia (1917)
Develop a paper of no more than 6 double spaced pages based on the topic of the person in question (leadership approach), the situation/anxiety/crisis/whatever that propelled him/her into a leadership position, and the prevailing culture that allowed or prompted this to happen.
You are also to provide a separate 8-10 slide Power Point presentation.
● APA format (title page, abstract, text, citations, and references with links, 8 – 10 pages PPT presentation).
● 1” margins on all sides
● Times New Roman, 12 point font
● Double spacing
● Avoid use of 1st person (I and we)
● 6 pages maximum
At least two from the readings and other outside resources. Please include links for websites for each reference.
- Who Is a Leader? Trait Approaches to Leadershiphttps://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s16-02-who-is-a-leader-trait-approach.html
- What Do Leaders Do? Behavioral Approaches to Leadershiphttps://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s16-03-what-do-leaders-do-behavioral-.html
- What Is the Role of the Context? Contingency Approaches to Leadershiphttps://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s16-04-what-is-the-role-of-the-contex.html
- What’s New? Contemporary Approaches to Leadershiphttps://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s16-05-what-s-new-contemporary-approa.html
- Hofstede’s Five Dimensions of Culturehttp://sk.sagepub.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/reference/businesstoday/n468.xml
- Becoming a Global Presencehttp://ezproxy.umuc.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=umd_umuc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CCX3405300212&asid=75827286a4de3cf7453350cb6ee0bc16
- Cross-Cultural Leadershiphttp://sk.sagepub.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/reference/leadership/n70.xml
- Culture and Leadership?http://2012books.lardbucket.org/books/cultural-intelligence-for-leaders/s04-12-culture-and-leadership.html