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“Ethical Leadership is defined as “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement and decision-making”… [and] the evidence suggests that ethical leader behavior can have important positive effects on both individual and organizational effectiveness”. What are your conclusions from this debate for your understanding of the role of a manager or leader in your chosen industry?

Word count: 3750

5 blogs with 750 words each

Theme 1: Leadership and Ethics
Please respond to the following statement: “Ethical Leadership is defined as “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement and decision-making”… [and] the evidence suggests that ethical leader behavior can have important positive effects on both individual and organizational effectiveness” (Rubin et al 2010: 216-17).
To help you put the right emphasis on this theme you should consider it in 2 parts:
Part 1: Ethical leadership, is defined as “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement and decision-making”… [and]
Part 2: the evidence suggests that ethical leader behavior can have important positive effects on both individual and organizational effectiveness (Rubin et al 2010: 216-17).
Structure: So, having identified the 2 parts to this theme you can now start to structure your response: We are looking for you to introduce the theme, reference the theory, use real examples and conclude using your own words and views, backed up by the theory.
o Part 1: What are the different sides of this debate ie the 2 principle areas of ethics? (see Unit 1 for a brief summary) and what model of leadership have you chosen to help to define the complex concept of ethical leadership?
o Part 2: What organisational examples of good and bad ethical behaviour from your chosen industry illustrate this debate?
o What are your conclusions from this debate for your understanding of the role of a manager or leader in your chosen industry?
Checklist. After you’ve written your blog, read it to check if you have …….:
1. Made reference to the 2 principle schools of ethics, their benefits and limitations and 1 model of ethical leadership.
2. Used real-life industry examples to highlight the impact ethical and non-ethical leadership behaviour can have on individual and organisational effectiveness
3. Made recommendations for managers on how to use knowledge of effective ethical behaviour to produce better results.
What you must NOT do. Do not simply gather together a series of quotes from published authors in the hope that this presents your views. Remember Socrates words of wisdom: To believe without evidence and demonstration is an act of ignorance and folly.

Theme 2: The challenge of managing diverse teams
Please respond to the following statement: “Research has consistently shown that diverse teams produce better results, provided they are well led. The ability to bring together people from different backgrounds, disciplines, cultures, and generations and leverage all they have to offer, therefore, is a must-have for leaders” (Ibarra and Hansen 2011: 71).
It is recommended that you post your 2nd blog by week 5 to start generating responses before you submit your work through moodle
To help you to put the right emphasis on this theme you should consider it in 2 parts:
Part 1: “Research has consistently shown that diverse teams produce better results, providedthey are well led.”
Part 2: “The ability to bring together people from different backgrounds, disciplines, cultures, and generations and leverage all they have to offer, therefore, is a must-have for leaders” (Ibarra & Hansen 2011: 71).
Structure: So, having identified the 2 parts to this theme you can now start to structure your response: We are looking for you to introduce the theme, reference the theory, use real examples and conclude using your own words and views, backed up by the theory.
o Part 1: Draw on research, theories and team building models to help you explore the advantages and the challenges diverse teams bring to organisations
o Part 2: Is the ability to manage a diverse team the most important skill for your chosen industry? You must present your argument here and justify your response by making reference to leaders and organisations in your chosen industry. You have already explored your chosen industry in ECS so you can draw on your research from ECS to help you here.
o How might a manager use the knowledge of diversity to produce better results? Present your discussion drawing on your research and industry leaders.
o What are your conclusions from this debate?
Caution: Many students spend far too much of their allocated word allowance on the definition of a diverse team. We do not need long definitions of what a diverse team is. Ibarra and Hansen have already provided you with a reference here regarding some of the main components of a diverse team ie people from different backgrounds, disciplines, cultures and generations. We want you to focus on the research which examines the challenge of team diversity which will lead you to making recommendations for managing diverse teams.

Theme 3 – Most effective Leadership & Management Styles & approaches
Please respond to the following statement: “Which personal style should managers adopt to ensure success? What is the most effective approach to managing the work of subordinates? These questions have been extensively researched and debated over the last century, and while the general consensus has moved away from ‘command and control’ to management and leadership towards more consultative and participative approaches, there is no single ideal, as the best approach may vary according to circumstances and individual characteristics” (CMI 2013).
It is recommended that you post your 3rd blog by week 7 to start generating responses before you submit your work through moodle
To help you put the right emphasis on this theme you should consider it in 2 parts:
Part 1: Which personal style should managers adopt to ensure success? What is the most effective approach to managing the work of subordinates? These questions have been extensively researched and debated over the last century, and while the general consensus has moved away from ‘command and control’ management and leadership towards more consultative and participative approaches, Part 2: there is no single ideal, as the best approach may vary according to circumstances and individual characteristics (CMI 2013).
Structure: So, having identified the 2 parts to this theme you can now start to structure your response: We are looking for you to introduce the theme, reference the theory, use real examples and conclude using your own words and views, backed up by the theory.
o Part 1: Based on leadership research, compare & contrast the similarities & differences between management & leadership
o Part 2: Based on the research what do you believe is the most effective approach to managing the work of subordinates.
o Following this discussion what is your response to the point of view suggested by the CMI 2013? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
o Provide 2 examples of leaders that fit your idea of how you would like to be led
o As a member of a team, reflect on how you would like to be managed or led?
Theme 4 – Leadership & Change
Please respond to the following statement: “Change is nothing new and a simple fact of life. Some people actively thrive on new challenges and constant change, while others prefer the comfort of the status quo and strongly resist any change. It is all down to the personality of the individual andthere is little management can do about resistance to change” (Mullins 2010: 753).
It is recommended that you post your 4th blog by week 9 to start generating responses before you submit your work through moodle
To help you put the right emphasis on this theme you should consider it in 2 parts:
Part 1: Change is nothing new and a simple fact of life. Some people actively thrive on new challenges and constant change, while others prefer the comfort of the status quo and strongly resist any change.
Part 2: It is all down to the personality of the individual and there is little management can do about resistance to change (Mullins 2010: 753).
Structure: So, having identified the 2 parts to this theme you can now start to structure your response: We are looking for you to introduce the theme, reference the theory, use real examples and conclude using your own words and views, backed up by the theory.
o Part 1: Based on your leadership research, debate the statement, providing arguments for and against the point of view proposed by Mullins.
o Part 2: Examine the role that managers play in avoiding and overcoming resistance to change and the value that resistance can bring to the change process*
o What change management models would you recommend to managers and why?
o What organisational examples from your chosen industry illustrate this debate?
o What are your conclusions from this debate for your understanding about how change could be managed in your chosen industry?
*e.g. If leaders listen to feedback from employees during the resistance phase of the change they may benefit from insight and opinion from employees.

Theme 5 – Your vision of leadership (Double Weighted)
At this stage in your studies of business and leadership, what type of leader do you believe you are or would like to become? How ready are you to lead others? Watch the following podcast about the experience of being managed and led by others.

It is recommended that you post your 5th blog by week 10 to generate responses before you submit your work through moodle
To help you put the right emphasis on this theme you can consider it in 2 parts:
Part 1: At this stage in your studies of business and leadership, what type of leader are you or would like to become (& who inspires you)?
Part 2: How ready are you to lead others? Watch the following podcast about the experience of being managed and led by others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Structure: So, having identified the 2 parts to this theme you can now start to structure your response: We are looking for you to introduce the theme, reference the theory, use real examples and conclude using your own words and views, backed up by the theory.
o What is your vision of leadership?
o Who has inspired your understanding of effective leadership and why?
o What feedback from your colleagues has helped you to become more aware of your strengths and areas to develop as a leader in your chosen industry?
o What leadership skills do you want to develop as you progress through your MBA and how will you develop them?


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