Seek to creatively apply leadership theory. The paper work must be more than a mere review of facts and articles. It must demonstrate reasoning, by applying at least three relevant theories and models together to analyze the topic.
In choosing a topic, avoid shallow, insipid generalities (e.g., “the importance of leadership”).
Choose a topic of current importance that has not been already overdone. Also, where possible, exemplify your concepts and conclusions by consistently referring to a single, real, focal leader. (Avoid US Presidents and generals.)
Here are some TOPIC suggestions:
The burnout of leaders Removal of leaders
Leadership, power, corruption Substitutes for leadership
Followership Cross cultural leadership
LMX in relation to other theories Non-traditional – e.g., native tribes, organized crime
Here is a suggested outline.
ABSTRACT — Limit to one page.
INTRODUCTION — Short! Explain why the topic is important! Include objectives of the paper.
ANALYSIS — Apply the models; make inferences, draw conclusions.
DISCUSSION — Discuss the implications of your findings above, especially for managers.
CONCLUSION – Restate your conclusions and sum up, in about one half page
Prepare the paper using the American Psychological Association (APA) format; this format is described in detail in the APA Publication Manual.
The paper must be at least three thousand words in length, not counting tables, figures, and any (optional) Appendices; it must correctly cite and use at least 10 references, NOT counting the textbook (Northouse, P.G. (2016). Leadership: theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications).
ALL cited sources must appear both within the body of the text and in the References list. NOTE: for an “A” grade, the paper must use articles from at least 2 respected journals or books, such as those in the SUGGESTED READING list. Most of these periodicals are available on line from the Library.