Guidelines and Strategies:
The Mission of Golden Gate University reads as follows:
Golden Gate University prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing highquality, practice-based educational programs in law, taxation, business and related
professions – as a nonprofit institution – in an innovative and challenging learning
environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.
When applying the mission of GGU to this course, the most important priority or
objective is for the student to be able to apply what they have learned in their own
professional practice that reflects innovation, ethical conduct, and a strong embrace of
diversity, inclusion, and belonging as well as the transformation of people, organizations,
and societies.
This final signature assignment functions also as a Capstone Project. A Capstone Project
is the opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have understood the course
content and can apply the content in professional practice in a way that advances
performance, inclusion, empowerment, and the delivery of organizational results.
The Perspective for Approaching the Final Capstone paper:
This final project should be considered a reflection and integration paper rather than a
pure research paper containing multiple sources. The student should keep in mind that the
instructor is already familiar with Kouzes and Posner’s approach to Transformational
Leadership. This means that, when it comes to writing the Capstone paper, the instructor
is far more interested in the student’s own original thinking, application, and integration
of Transformational Leadership than he is about what other researchers and authors have
to say about Transformational Leadership.
Grading for this Capstone Project will be based on the following 5 areas:
1. Did the student follow the assignment guidelines?
2. Did the student demonstrate critical thinking, integration, and application of the
material presented during the entirety of the course?
3. Does the student’s writing demonstrate effort and clarity around the concepts
presented during the course? In other words, does the student’s writing make sense
and can it be successfully lived out and demonstrated in the student’s professional
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4. Do the writing mechanics, grammar, and punctuation reflect the high standards of
writing at The School of Undergraduate Studies?
5. Is APA formatting consistent throughout the student’s paper?
Paper Content and Structure:
Kouzes and Posner (2017) presented the 5 Practices of Transformational Leadership. The
student is to take each of the 5 practices and apply each practice to their own personal
and professional context. The following structure can be used in the paper:
A. Opening the paper with how the student has encountered and navigated the course
content and the value of the course content or overall class in the student’s personal
and professional development. What assumptions and practices about leadership did
the student bring into the class that were reinforced and supported throughout the 7.5
weeks of the course? Conversely, what assumptions and practices about leadership
did the student bring into the class that were challenged, abandoned, or in need of
moderate or significant modification?
B. Define each of the five practices
a. What does this practice mean to the student?
b. How will the student apply and demonstrate this practice in their current or
future business context?
c. What evidence will indicate that the student has been successful with the
implementation of this practice?
C. What is the students’ mission and purpose as it relates to their role as a
transformational leader of others in business-related organizational setting, in a
community-based social organization setting (for example: religious organizations,
social service organizations, NPOs, etc.) in a national setting, and in a Global setting?
Sources to be used:
The student should utilize the Kouzes and Posner (2017) text as the primary text/resource
for the paper. Other resources may be used at the student’s discretion.
Structure and Style:
Papers are to have a cover page, references page, and no more than 3.5 to 4-pages of
written narrative (this page total does not include the cover page and references page).
The student should maintain a Turnitin “similarity index” at or below 15%. All papers
must adhere to the APA writing guidelines found in the syllabus and clarified through the
APA writing style at: