Final Project: Leadership Assessment

Final Project: Leadership Assessment

 

Earlier in the course, you were asked to informally evaluate your leadership skills and qualities. In this Final Project, you use formal assessment tools to identify your areas of strength and areas in which you need further development. You may use the results of this self-assessment to develop a plan to gain the skills and experiences that will help you move toward achieving your short- and long-term professional goals and objectives.

Using the assessment tools provided in Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, conduct a self-assessment of your own leadership characteristics, style, and skills. Complete at least four assessment tools for this self-assessment. In addition, select one tool to give to a colleague or supervisor so he or she can assess your leadership skills.

Final Project (2–4 pages in APA format)

Evaluate your current leadership characteristics, style, and skills based on the assessment tools you and your colleague/supervisor completed. Be sure to:

  • Include actual results or summaries of the results you collected using these tools
  • Identify personal leadership strengths as well as areas for improvement
  • Include references to the leadership concepts covered in this course and relevant issues related to ethics, diversity, and power in the organizational settings

 

Learning Resources

 

Required Readings

Benton, A. D., & Austin, M. J. (2010). Managing nonprofit mergers: The challenges facing human service organizations. Administration in Social Work,34(5), 458–479.

King, D., & Hodges, K. (2013). Outcomes-driven clinical management and supervisory practices with youth with severe emotional disturbance. Administration in Social Work, 37(3), 312–324.

Lawrence, C., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Caringi, J., Claiborne, N., McCarthy, M., Butts, E., & O’Connell, K. (2013). Designing evaluations in child welfare organizations: An approach for administrators. Administration in Social Work, 37(1), 3–13.

Lynch-Cerullo, K., & Cooney, K. (2011). Moving from outputs to outcomes: A review of the evolution of performance measurement in the human service nonprofit sector. Administration in Social Work, 35(4), 364–388.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014c). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing [Vital Source e-reader].

  • “Social Work Research: Program Evaluation” (pp. 66–68)

 

EXAMPLE ASSIGNMENT

Leadership Assessment

The ability to be an effective leader is understanding what your individual strengths and weaknesses are to lead others. The characteristics that I believe an effective leader should have are being able to communicate, motivate, and problem solve. In an evaluation of myself I ideally want to adapt more of a democratic style of leadership but in order for me to find out what my leadership style is a variety of assessments are needed. These assessments will help identify assets and deficiencies within my ability to lead that will help bring more self-awareness on where improvement is needed to be the type of leader I desire to be.

Summaries of the Assessment

Results In order to assess my leadership skills and styles I completed four assessments to depict a more accurate picture of myself. The first assessment I completed was the Leadership Strengths Questionnaire. This assessment tool contains questions that are used to identify the strength and weaknesses in an individual’s leadership strengths (Northouse, 2018). In the completion of this questionnaire my results indicated score of (22, high) Implementer, (22, high) Innovator, (18, moderate) Encourager, (20, moderate) Analytic and (22, high) Mediator. Any score in the range of 21-25 is considered high which in three categories I scored very well in. Areas of improvement to be moved out of the moderate range would be encourager and analytics.

The second assessment completed was the Leadership Style Questionnaire. This questionnaire explores an individual’s leadership style by categorizing it in three categories. The breakdown of these categories are Authoritative, Democratic and Laissez-Faire. At the completion of the assessment my scores indicated the following (13, low ) Authoritative, (21, high) Democratic and (17, moderate) Laiszzez- Faire. FINAL PROJECT 3

The third assessment completed was the Leadership Skills Questionnaire. This assessment tool is used to identify the strengths and weakness in the individual’s leadership skills (Northouse, 2018). Upon completion of this assessment my results were the following (22, high) administrative, (18, moderate) interpersonal and (21, high) conceptual skills.

The final assessment completed was the Leadership Vision Questionnaire which identifies an individual’s ability to create a vision for an organization and understand the concepts needed to create the vision (Northouse, 2018). Upon completion of the assessment my final score was a 33 out 50. Which indicates a high score for understanding and creating a vison for an organization.

Identify Personal Leadership Strengths and Areas of Improvement

The four assessments completed really gave an accurate picture and better understanding of the skills and traits that I have as a leader. The assessments identified styles and skills that I think are important elements of leadership. The area of strengths that I scored high on were an innovator, implementer and mediator. I think these are great assets to be strong in a leadership role because it shows that create and implement ideas as well as mediate to find a happy medium for those who are effected by my decisions.

Another strength that was identified from the questionnaire that described me was the democratic style which my score was indicated as a 21. Democratic leaders provide information, guidance, and suggestions, but do so without giving orders and without applying pressure and listen to followers in supportive ways and assist them in becoming self-directed (Northouse,2018).I feel this is important because individuals are more willing to work harder for those they feel respect them.

Areas of improvement is finding the mix of being able to be democratic but possess authoritarian skills as well. Personally conflict is something that I generally try to avoid but as a leader you have to be able to take control of. The ability to handle conflict, despite being uncomfortable can strengthen cohesion and relationships with followers and team members (Northouse, 2018). Which can ideally make individuals feel more supported. For myself I have to work on building that confidence in applying the skills that I have and be confident in the decisions that I make are in the best interest of everyone.

 Leadership Concepts and Relevant Issues Related to Ethics, Diversity and Power I’m the Organizational Setting

Within organizations finding the perfect balance of ethics, diversity and power is an important foundation for the organization. In leadership, ethics has to do with what leaders do  FINAL PROJECT 4 and the nature of leaders’ behavior, including their motives. Because leaders often have control, power, and influence over others, their leadership affects other individuals and organizations (Northouse, 2018). Being able to display ethical responsibility as a leader means that the leader is invested within the moral capacity of the agency and those who work for it.

Diversity is important within an organization but should be approached with inclusion as well. Inclusion creates an environment where people who are different feel they are part of the whole, whereas diversity highlights a variety or difference (Northouse, 2018). The ability to infuse the two creates creativity and allows an advantage in addressing issues from various view points and beliefs (Leonard, 2019). Which creates the perfect balance of power within the organization because everyone feels they are important and are a part of the vision. FINAL PROJECT 5 References Leonard, K. (2019). Diversity & Ethics in the Workplace. Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th Ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.