Prepare to interview two organization leaders, and write an assessment in which you outline the intended purpose and focus of your interviews, along with the interview questions.
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By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 3: Create an effective theory of leadership.
- Describe the purpose and rationale for leadership interviews.
- Describe the level of leadership selected for interviews.
- Prepare 10 relevant interview questions for an interview protocol.
I will need to interview two leaders in organizations of my choice. To prepare for these two interviews, complete the following at this time:
- Research and choose an aspect of leadership based on the topics in the Cashman text (personal mastery, purpose mastery, change mastery, interpersonal mastery, being mastery, balance mastery, or action mastery) to use as the focus for your interviews. – I chose Interpersonal Mastery (See definition below)
Create Interview Pitch
Submit the following components for this assessment:
- State your intended purpose for the interviews. Provide an explanation of the aspect of leadership on which you plan to focus and why you chose it.
- Describe the level of leadership selected for your interviews. – I chose Middle Managers
- List the 10 interview questions you plan to use for your chosen aspect of leadership. If you wish, you may use some of the questions from the reflection exercises in the related chapter of the Cashman text. You can use any leadership theories you like to help you develop your interview questions, including servant leadership, Kevin Cashman, Margaret Wheatley, articles from the Center for Creative Leadership, leadership stage theory, and other sources.
Cashman, K. (2008). Leadership from the inside out: Becoming a leader for life. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
- Chapters 3, 5, 6, and 7 of this e-book are particularly applicable.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- SEDL. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.sedl.org/
- Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.greenleaf.org/
- Robert Greenleaf was the founder of the servant leadership movement, an alternate leadership approach.
- Center for Creative Leadership. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.ccl.org/Leadership/
- The Berkana Institute. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.berkana.org/
- Margaret J. Wheatley. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.margaretwheatley.com/
Definition of Pathway 4: Interpersonal Mastery:
Leading through Synergy “Interpersonal Mastery is the dynamic blending of personal power with synergy power to create value and contribution.” Learning, developing and growing from each other. Recognizing that there are contributing factors that make leaders successful. What we know comes from others, people we interact with every day. We acquire our skills through relationships. Acknowledge feedback from those amongst us and using them to help leaders become more efficient and effective.
6 Points of Awareness for Leading through Synergy
1) Build Relationship Bridges
2) Balance Personal Power with Synergy Power and Contribution Power
3) Build Awareness of Intention/Perception Gap
4) Personal Mastery and Interpersonal Mastery are Intimately Connected
5) Become Aware of Your Structure of Interpretation
6) Practice the Five Touchstones to Authentic Leadership below:
5 Touchstones of Authentic Leadership:
1) Touchstone 1: Know Yourself. Authentically- Practice being what you wish others to become.
2) Touchstone 2: Listen Authentically- To understand first and be understood second.
3) Touchstone 3: Express Authentically Integrity—who we are and what we do.
4) Touchstone 4: Appreciate Authentically, show others how much you appreciate them, as no one can be over appreciated.
Be thankful for those in your lives. Don’t take things for granted. Appreciation is a self- expression that creates value. Energizes people and makes them want to exceed their goals and perceive their limits. Learn to give, receive, and encourage appreciation. Dr. K. Walker- EADM 424.3
5) Touchstone 5: Serve Authentically, mutual benefits—give back. The joy one can have when they are already happy but can share that happiness with others and become even happier