Prepare the paper using the American Psychological Association (APA) format; this format is described in detail in the APA Publication Manual. Grading will stress content, analysis, and style. Seek to creatively apply leadership theory. The paperwork 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.
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 ACADEMIC references, NOT counting the textbook. Also, ALL cited sources must appear both within the body of the text and in the References list. Lastly, NOTE: for an “A” grade, the paper must use articles from respected journals, academic papers, conference proceedings or text books. Most of these periodicals are available on line from the University Library.
Here is a suggested outline.
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.
In choosing a topic, avoid shallow, insipid generalities (e.g., “the importance of leadership”).
Also, 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 suggestions:
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