Recommendations for Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness
Students will be expected to synthesize material from the course to provide recommendations for enhancing leadership effectiveness in the assigned case on Microstar’s Annual Report information. You will be asked to play the role of a consultant by identifying problems and recommending solutions. Your assignment will take the form of a leadership consulting report to the president of the organization in order to make informed and supported recommendations regarding organizational assessment/s that will lead to needed change in leadership (based on your evaluation of issues discussed in the case study).
Your report should follow a general leadership consulting report structure with clear section headings to orient the reader. The report should include Cover and Reference Pages in APA format. Sections should include:
Executive Summary- serving to state your thesis and preview the problem/solution areas.
Introduction- this can sometimes be referred to as “front matter” including an introduction stating your intention to evaluate the problems or issues and provide recommendations for solutions along with an overview of the organization including any background information.
Body- which should include the following main sections and can also include various subsections: Problem or Issues identifying both Production/Sales, the Solutions to Issues identifying both Production/Sales, Recommendations for specific Organizational Assessment/s identifying both Production/Sales (examples from class), and finally your Plan/Implementation and/or Improvement Strategies identifying both Production/Sales.
Conclusion and Final Recommendations – summary/review, sometimes referred to as your “back matter” and is usually an abbreviated re-statement or reiteration of your Executive Summary along with a final brief restatement of your Recommendations. This allows you to close persuasively in order to “sell” your idea.
However you plan to label your report sections, please be clear and organized so it is easy to follow your problem-solving strategies and plan for implementing solutions.
Again, your report should have a cover page, a reference page (in-text research citations and a reference from the main course text as a minimum source), and there is a 7 pg. suggested minimum for this final exam (not including cover and reference pages). You should include specific concepts/themes from class readings/discussions in your recommendations clearly cited in APA format.
You will be evaluated on thorough analysis of the case, overall development of ideas, creative application of specific concepts/themes from class readings/discussions in your recommendations, and consistent citation of concepts in correct APA format/proofing (see rubric for more details on this).