Disscusion 3 HRMT 44004D – Leadership Development Online Discussion Assignment #3: Lea

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HRMT 44004D – Leadership Development                                                                   

Online Discussion Assignment #3: Leading through Strengths  (Letter Exchange)                                                                   

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“When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural       
talents, extra ordinary room for growth exists”   (p.9)   

 

Background: This Online Discussion Assignment is intended to support you as you further explore your understanding of Leadership and how various theories may inform your own individual Leadership Identity.  The discussion will help to inform:

1.Your understanding of Leadership Theory

2. Your Leadership Development Plan, and

3. Your Digital Leadership Story, and

4. Your Leadership Creative Learning ePortfolio.

During the first few weeks of class, we took some time to begin the exploration of our notions of leadership, were introduced to the process of critical thinking, and using our views and the process of critical thinking analyzed the dominant theories of leadership.

Instructions

Discussion #3 will be a letter exchange with your designated writing partners in a private discussion board group. This letter exchange is a personal or reflexive interpretation of contents, “aha moments,” questions, next steps, etc. 

The purpose of this Online Discussion is to provide a space for each of you to reflect upon and begin to analyze the Signature Themes Report. When you discover your greatest talents, you discover your greatest opportunity for strength. One way to identify your talents is for you to pay attention to the moments of greatness.  

1. Upload Your Signature Theme report to the StrengthsFinder Assessment dropbox as a part of completing the assignment. Discussions that do not have a report will receive a grade of zero. i.e. No report=0

2.  In your letter exchange reflect on and answer the following: 

a. What Domain or Domains did your themes fall? [Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building or Strategic Thinking]

b. What are your top five Signature Themes (explain)? How might you apply your top 5 themes (strengths) into your emerging leadership identity?

c.  What is your favorite talent theme from their Signature Theme report? How might you leverage this theme (strengths), and your understanding of it, in a leadership context?

d. What is one word or phrase from that theme definition that best describes you?

e. Does anything in the report surprise you? 

f. What is your first reaction to these themes (strengths)? What do they mean to you at this point?

g.  Explore the “shadow” side, or “blind spot” of one (1) of your top 5 themes (strengths) as they relate to leadership. i)Has there been a time when the application of your strength was misunderstood/misinterpreted? ii) If so, what happened? iii) How did you feel? iv) How did others respond? v)What might you need to be mindful of as you seek to develop and leverage your strengths in a leadership context in the future?

Note: Assignment Questions adapted from “StrengthsFinder – Strengths Insight and Action Planning Guide”

Assignment Details and Outline

· Use relevant leadership theories discussed in class to support your answers.

· Use of APA 7th formatting is required for any sources you include. Please refer to the file below for the format using the APA 7th guide as an example. To cite the StrengthsFinder Assessment see:   
Citation for test scales and inventories

· The use of personal pronouns is acceptable.

· Allow adequate time to reply if a reply to your colleagues post.

· This one posting should be between 300-500 words and is conversational in tone.

· Address your writing partners in their posting.

· Participants are not required to post replies to their writing partners in the Discussion thread (SLATE Discussion Board).

Assessment for Online Discussion #3

Your participation in Online Discussion 3 will be assessed in the following manner:

1. Your critical analysis of your StrengthsFinder report.

2. The level, and quality, of your participation during the Online Discussion. At a minimum, you are to respond to, and engage in dialogue, with two of your peers.

3. Your online etiquette demonstrated by the way in which you engage with your peers, the way in which you ask questions, and/or clarify statements.

Online Discussion Rubric

 

Assessment Criteria

Unsatisfactory = 0

Novice = 1

Progressing = 2

Proficient = 3

Score (Max 3)

Critical Analysis of your emerging definition of Leadership

Discussion posting shows little or no evidence that an analysis of the leadership theories explored and/or one’s emerging definition of leadership.  No links included to readings or emerging understanding of leadership. Posting is vague and does not include supporting materials, links to concepts from readings, in-class discussions, outside resources, or specific real-life application

Discussion posting repeats and summarizes the necessary information found in the readings. Few links to concepts from readings, in-class discussions, outside resources, or specific real-life applications are provided. Minimal analysis of findings as it relates to leadership contexts indicating a limited emerging understanding of leadership. 

Discussion posting displays an understanding of the leadership theories evidenced by an analysis of the findings related to one’s own experiences with leadership in different contexts. Links made to concepts from readings, in-class discussions, outside resources, or specific real-life applications. Displays correct use of terminology. Posting explores connections between and among theories and experiences

 

Discussion posting displays an excellent understanding of the leadership theories explored and their respective links to the emerging understanding of self as leader and leadership definition.  The correct terminology is used. Posting integrates readings, in-class discussion, and real-life application. Discussion utilizes well-sourced resources to support assertions made. 

 

APA References/Citation

No Sources Cited

APA formatting may not be used, or it contains many errors.

Some Sources Cited

APA formatting is used but contains many errors.

Most Sources Cited.

APA formatting is used but may contain minor errors.

All sources cited.

 

APA formatting is correct and error-free.

 

Participation in the Learning Community

Discussion posting does not contribute to the ongoing conversation. Limited to no responses/questions posed/posted to peers. Questions that are posted do not generate deeper thinking of others. No evidence of critical thought in replies to questions.

Discussion posting sometimes contributes to the ongoing conversation, as evidenced by affirming statements or references to readings or asking relevant, probing questions. Some responses/questions posed/posted to peers. Questions generate some additional thinking; however, probes to hidden assumptions not evident. 

Discussion posting contributes to ongoing conversation evidenced by affirming statements or references to readings, asking relevant, probing questions. Assumptions are questioned/clarified by proposing alternative point of view

Discussion posting actively stimulates and sustains further discussion and deep thinking by building on peer’s postings or responses, including, but not limited to, building a focused argument around an issue, asking a new related question, challenging assumptions by providing an alternative point of view.

 

Etiquette in Dialogue and Quality of Writing

Posts on the discussion board show disrespect for the viewpoints of others. Posts contain numerous grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. Personal and authentic voice not present

No sources are cited

Some posts on the discussion board show respect and interest in the viewpoints of others. Posts include some grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. Emerging authentic voice evident. Some sources not cited

Posts on the discussion board show respect and interest in the viewpoints of others. Posts are mostly free of grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. The language used demonstrates an authentic voice. Most sources cited.

Posts on the discussion board show respect and sensitivity to peers’ opinions and ideas. Engages with a sense of curiosity rather than a space of “knowing.” Posts are free of grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. All sources cited

 

Discussion Engagement 

Did not respond to peer’s postings.

Responded in a meaningful conversation with one (1) classmates’ post.

The engagement was somewhat active; some questions/responses posted to peers.

Responded in a meaningful conversation with at least two (2) classmates’ posts. The engagement was somewhat active; some questions/responses posted to peers.

Responded in a meaningful conversation with at least two (2) classmates’ posts. Active engagement with questions/responses posted to peers.

 

Total Score

 

 

 

 

 Out of 15

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