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Module
4 – Case
VISIONARY LEADERSHIP, CROSS-CULTURAL
LEADERSHIP, FACILITATING CHANGE
Background
Leaders of today can be categorized by
their various leadership styles, but all successful leaders have one thing in
common: they are visionaries. For example, Presidents Bill Clinton, John
Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan; high-tech giants Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; and
world figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King all had visions far
larger than themselves and the role they played. For example, Gandhi is single-handedly
responsible for returning India to home-rule after centuries of being ruled by
Great Britain. Martin Luther King is considered to be the father of the civil
rights movement in the United States. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs revolutionized
the technology industry with their MS-DOS and Windows software, and the iPhone,
respectively.
Each of these leaders constructed a vision
that was creative, clear, and concise, and that also complemented the
organizations culture and strategy. They all possessed the foresight to plan
strategically for potential opportunities and threats, and once they
constructed their vision, they were able to influence people, implement
policies and procedures, and execute on the vision (i.e., turn that vision into
action).
One key thing with visionary leaders is
that they are the creative geniuses behind the vision, and nearly all of them
lead by example. Which brings us to the
next point: Microsoft certainly isnt the company that it was after Bill Gates
stepped down will that same fate happen with Apple now that Steve Jobs is no
longer running the company?
Required Reading
Please review The 100 most influential
people according to TIME. To see the full list, click on Full List on the top
banner, or choose from one of the selected lists such as Pioneers, Titans
or Leaders. The 100 Most Influential People (2016). TIME. Retrieved from
http://time.com/collection/2016-time-100/
Case Assignment
Select a leader from the TIME list who you
consider to be an outstanding example of visionary leadership. The descriptions
are short, so you may need to look at several before you find the person you
want.
Conduct some additional research on this
person. Then write a 5- to 6-page paper where you:
Analyze your subject leader’s style and
explain why this leader is a visionary.
Keys to the Assignment
The key aspects of this assignment that, at
a minimum, should be covered in your paper include:
Why do you characterize this individual as
visionary? Give specific examples.
Based upon your research, analyze the added
value this visionary leader brings to their organization or field.
Do you think visionary leaders are needed
in every organization? Why or why not?
What business or environmental conditions
particularly call for visionary leadership?
Assignment Expectations
Your paper will be evaluated using the
following five criteria:
Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and
Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the
concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely
using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and
Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which
information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has
been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set
of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of
discussion and analysis?
Business Writing (Clarity and
Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well
organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for
graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are
paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the
Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through
excessive use of direct quotations?
Effective Use of Information (Information
Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read,
understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated
effective research, as evidenced by the students use of relevant and quality
sources? Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for
conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
Citing Sources: Does the student
demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper
end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct
quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the
Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included,
and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the
body of the paper as in-text citations?
Tips and Suggestions
Please note the following tips and
suggestions:
Include a cover page and reference page, in
addition to the 5-6 pages of analysis described above.
Include headings for all papers greater
than 2 pages (basically all papers).
Cite and reference all sources that you use
in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote. This means
include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words,
and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or
paraphrased from other sources.
Follow TUI Guidelines for well-written
papers.
Submit your analysis by the end of this
module.
Module
4 – SLP
VISIONARY LEADERSHIP, CROSS-CULTURAL
LEADERSHIP, FACILITATING CHANGE
Background
The most well-known framework on cultural
values was derived from a landmark study in the late 1960s and early 1970s by
Geert Hofstede, who analyzed data from 88,000 IBM employees from 72 countries
in 20 languages. His research showed that employees working in different
countries tended to prioritize different values, and those values clustered
into several distinct dimensions. Those dimensions began with just four
categories, but have been expanded in recent years to include:
individualism-collectivism
power distance
uncertainty avoidance
masculinity-femininity
short-term vs. long-term orientation (or
pragmatic vs. normative) and most recently
indulgence vs. restraint
Required Reading
Begin the SLP by reading:
Hofstede, G. (1993). Cultural constraints
in management theories. Academy of Management Executive, 7(1), 81-94.
Session Long Project
First, choose a country outside of the
United States. Then, drawing on the material in the background readings and
doing additional research, please prepare a paper that addresses how you would
adapt your leadership approach to lead a group based upon Geert Hofstedes six
dimensions if you were the CEO of a multinational organization. For example,
how would you adapt your behavior if it was an individualistic or collectivist
environment? Would you implement a flat structure if it was a high or low power
distance policy? What leadership style would be most appropriate for that
culture? Make sure to address all six of Hofstedes dimensions. Please be
creative and provide examples to justify why you would make such decisions.
Your paper should be short (2-3 pages, not
including the cover sheet and references) and to the point. You are expected to
deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a
series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Your paper will be evaluated using the
following five criteria:
Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and
Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the
concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely
using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and
Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which
information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has
been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set
of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of
discussion and analysis?
Business Writing (Clarity and
Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well
organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for
graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are
paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the
Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through
excessive use of direct quotations?
Effective Use of Information (Information
Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read,
understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated
effective research, as evidenced by the students use of relevant and quality
sources? Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for
conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
Citing Sources: Does the student
demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper
end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct
quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the
Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included,
and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the
body of the paper as in-text citations?
Tips and Suggestions
Please note the following tips and
suggestions:
Include a cover page and reference page, in
addition to the 2-3 pages of analysis described above.
Include headings for all papers greater
than 2 pages (basically all papers), but do not use headings as “space
fillers.”
Cite and reference all sources that you use
in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote. This means
include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words,
and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or
paraphrased from other sources.
Follow TUI Guidelines for well-written
papers.
Upload your assignment by the end of this
module.
Module
4 – CaseVISIONARY LEADERSHIP, CROSS-CULTURAL
LEADERSHIP, FACILITATING CHANGEBackgroundLeaders of today can be categorized by
their various leadership styles, but all successful leaders have one thing in
common: they are visionaries. For example, Presidents Bill Clinton, John
Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan; high-tech giants Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; and
world figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King all had visions far
larger than themselves and the role they played. For example, Gandhi is single-handedly
responsible for returning India to home-rule after centuries of being ruled by
Great Britain. Martin Luther King is considered to be the father of the civil
rights movement in the United States. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs revolutionized
the technology industry with their MS-DOS and Windows software, and the iPhone,
respectively. Each of these leaders constructed a vision
that was creative, clear, and concise, and that also complemented the
organizations culture and strategy. They all possessed the foresight to plan
strategically for potential opportunities and threats, and once they
constructed their vision, they were able to influence people, implement
policies and procedures, and execute on the vision (i.e., turn that vision into
action). One key thing with visionary leaders is
that they are the creative geniuses behind the vision, and nearly all of them
lead by example. Which brings us to the
next point: Microsoft certainly isnt the company that it was after Bill Gates
stepped down will that same fate happen with Apple now that Steve Jobs is no
longer running the company?Required ReadingPlease review The 100 most influential
people according to TIME. To see the full list, click on Full List on the top
banner, or choose from one of the selected lists such as Pioneers, Titans
or Leaders. The 100 Most Influential People (2016). TIME. Retrieved from
http://time.com/collection/2016-time-100/Case AssignmentSelect a leader from the TIME list who you
consider to be an outstanding example of visionary leadership. The descriptions
are short, so you may need to look at several before you find the person you
want.Conduct some additional research on this
person. Then write a 5- to 6-page paper where you:Analyze your subject leader’s style and
explain why this leader is a visionary.Keys to the AssignmentThe key aspects of this assignment that, at
a minimum, should be covered in your paper include:Why do you characterize this individual as
visionary? Give specific examples.Based upon your research, analyze the added
value this visionary leader brings to their organization or field.Do you think visionary leaders are needed
in every organization? Why or why not?What business or environmental conditions
particularly call for visionary leadership? Assignment ExpectationsYour paper will be evaluated using the
following five criteria:Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and
Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the
concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely
using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements? Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and
Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which
information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has
been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set
of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of
discussion and analysis?Business Writing (Clarity and
Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well
organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for
graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are
paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the
Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through
excessive use of direct quotations? Effective Use of Information (Information
Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read,
understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated
effective research, as evidenced by the students use of relevant and quality
sources? Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for
conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper? Citing Sources: Does the student
demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper
end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct
quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the
Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included,
and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the
body of the paper as in-text citations?Tips and SuggestionsPlease note the following tips and
suggestions:Include a cover page and reference page, in
addition to the 5-6 pages of analysis described above.Include headings for all papers greater
than 2 pages (basically all papers).Cite and reference all sources that you use
in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote. This means
include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words,
and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or
paraphrased from other sources.Follow TUI Guidelines for well-written
papers. Submit your analysis by the end of this
module.Module
4 – SLPVISIONARY LEADERSHIP, CROSS-CULTURAL
LEADERSHIP, FACILITATING CHANGEBackgroundThe most well-known framework on cultural
values was derived from a landmark study in the late 1960s and early 1970s by
Geert Hofstede, who analyzed data from 88,000 IBM employees from 72 countries
in 20 languages. His research showed that employees working in different
countries tended to prioritize different values, and those values clustered
into several distinct dimensions. Those dimensions began with just four
categories, but have been expanded in recent years to include:individualism-collectivismpower distanceuncertainty avoidancemasculinity-femininityshort-term vs. long-term orientation (or
pragmatic vs. normative) and most recentlyindulgence vs. restraint Required ReadingBegin the SLP by reading:Hofstede, G. (1993). Cultural constraints
in management theories. Academy of Management Executive, 7(1), 81-94.Session Long ProjectFirst, choose a country outside of the
United States. Then, drawing on the material in the background readings and
doing additional research, please prepare a paper that addresses how you would
adapt your leadership approach to lead a group based upon Geert Hofstedes six
dimensions if you were the CEO of a multinational organization. For example,
how would you adapt your behavior if it was an individualistic or collectivist
environment? Would you implement a flat structure if it was a high or low power
distance policy? What leadership style would be most appropriate for that
culture? Make sure to address all six of Hofstedes dimensions. Please be
creative and provide examples to justify why you would make such decisions.Your paper should be short (2-3 pages, not
including the cover sheet and references) and to the point. You are expected to
deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a
series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.SLP Assignment ExpectationsYour paper will be evaluated using the
following five criteria:Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and
Breadth): Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the
concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely
using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements? Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and
Depth): Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which
information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has
been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set
of conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of
discussion and analysis?Business Writing (Clarity and
Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well
organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for
graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are
paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the
Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through
excessive use of direct quotations? Effective Use of Information (Information
Literacy and References): Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read,
understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated
effective research, as evidenced by the students use of relevant and quality
sources? Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for
conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper? Citing Sources: Does the student
demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper
end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct
quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the
Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included,
and are these properly cited? Have all end references been included within the
body of the paper as in-text citations?Tips and SuggestionsPlease note the following tips and
suggestions:Include a cover page and reference page, in
addition to the 2-3 pages of analysis described above.Include headings for all papers greater
than 2 pages (basically all papers), but do not use headings as “space
fillers.”Cite and reference all sources that you use
in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote. This means
include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words,
and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or
paraphrased from other sources.Follow TUI Guidelines for well-written
papers.Upload your assignment by the end of this
module.

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