Leading Business Organisations: Management Report based on the Case Study

Task 1: Reflective Statement : 1000 Words You are required to submit a reflective statement in which you consider the following: a. The extent to which it is important for contemporary leaders to receive in-depth leadership development so that they are able to achieve the highest possible level of employee engagement, ensure organisational sustainability and achieve competitive advantage. b. The prevailing leadership style being practiced in the environment in which you aspire to work and the extent to which this has stimulated your desire to work within that environment. c. Your key strengths and challenges as a potential leader following completion of the authentic leadership self-assessment questionnaire shown below. (5 marks) http://nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/authentic_leadership_survey.html Guidance a. The extent to which it is important for contemporary leaders to receive in-depth leadership development so that they are able to achieve the highest possible level of employee engagement, ensure organisational sustainability and achieve competitive advantage. You need to consider the nature of the contemporary (VUCA) business environment and the unprecedented challenges faced by leaders in terms of organisational sustainability and competitive advantage. You need to define the term contemporary leadership in terms of the balance between achieving high quality performance, innovation and creativity and high levels of employee engagement. Likewise you need to determine the importance of organisations investing in their leaders and potential leaders’ development. b. The prevailing leadership style being practiced in the environment in which you aspire to work and the extent to which this has stimulated your desire to work within that environment. You need to specify the specific organisation (or industry) in which you aspire to work and based on your independent research into the organisation identify the prevailing leadership style that appears to be being practiced in that environment and the reason why this is likely to be the case. You need to comment on whether this is your preferred leadership style and the extent to which this has stimulated your attraction to this particular organisation (or industry). 5 marks 10 marks 5 marks 20 marks 700 Words  c. Your key strengths and challenges as a potential leader based on your completion of the authentic leadership self-assessment questionnaire shown below. http://nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/authentic_leadership_survey.html You need to provide evidence of your completion of the questionnaire in the form of a screen print of the feedback you obtained. You need to self-assess your key personal strengths and challenges in terms of authentic leadership using the above online questionnaire. You need to comment on the suitability of your key strengths and how you might address your challenges in the working environment that you have identified in task (b). Given that this is a personal reflective statement it should be written in the first person. You MUST utilise relevant concepts, models and/or theories to justify your comments. Elements of each section can be presented in bullet-points and/or a table format. Task 2: Case Study : 2500 Words You are required to submit a management report containing the following: a. A succinct overview of contemporary leadership styles and the importance of leaders being able to determine which style to use and when. b. A critical evaluation (using the appreciative inquiry technique) of Mark Parker’s leadership style throughout his time as Chief Executive Officer, President and latterly Chairman. c. Recommendations for Mark Parker in terms of how he should select his successor. What are the key competencies (ie: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours) that his successor will need to take the company forward when he retires? Do you think that it will be better for Nike to hire someone from within the organisation or to look outside of it? Guidance a. A succinct overview of contemporary leadership styles and the importance of leaders being able to determine which style to use and when. You need to provide a succinct overview of a range of contemporary leadership styles identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each and commenting on their suitability within specific business situations in the VUCA environment. You also need to discuss the importance of leaders being able to assess their environment and adopting the appropriate leadership style. b. A critical evaluation (using the appreciative inquiry technique) of Mark Parker’s leadership style throughout his time as Chief Executive Officer, President and latterly Chairman. You need to conduct a critical evaluation of Mark Parker’s leadership style throughout his time as CEO and Chairman of Nike (during the period 2006 – 2017) using the appreciative inquiry technique to determine what has worked Overview (20 marks) Critical Evaluation (40 marks) Recommendations (10 marks) 70 marks 2800 Words well and what has not working well for him

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