Leadership Theory paper

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The overall purpose of this paper is to examine leadership. In the first part of the analysis, you would discuss why leadership is a fundamental part of an organization.  Next, you would pick one leadership theory that you find interesting.  Define and discuss this theory (i.e. characteristics or components of this theory).  Then, for the final part of the analysis, discuss how your chosen theory could benefit either your own organization, or an organization in general, by providing specific examples that connect to the characteristics of your chosen theory.


You only need to pick one theory.  However, within some of the theories, there are sub-groups of the theory.  For example, Situational theories has Path-Goal theory and Fiedler’s Contingency Model. You would only need to pick one.  You would not have to explain both Path-Goal theory and Fiedler’s model.  Nevertheless, you can note in your paper,  that it is falls under the Situational theories.<– I hope this makes sense, if it doesn’t just email me.

Some of the leadership theories that do not have subgroups, are Trait, Behavioral, and Servant theory (just to name a few).

Furthermore, you do not have to discuss every single characteristic within your chosen theory.  Just focus on a few that you think are important.

A sample leadership paper can be found in the Start Here tab.



This paper must be at least 5 pages of content (not including the cover page or reference page), and completed in APA format (6th edition). Aside from utilizing the text as a source, you are required to use at least 2 additional scholarly resources. Check out the library database online to help find articles. Please provide paper in Word document format.

Your paper must include the following:

  • Cover page
  • Introduction (1 to 2 paragraph maximum)
  • Purpose Statement (2 to 3 sentences)
  • Analysis (3.5 to 4 page maximum)

o   Why is leadership a fundamental part of an organization (discuss leadership in general, not your chosen theory)

o   Discussion of chosen leadership theory (define, discuss components/characteristics of the theory)


Discuss how your chosen theory could benefit either your own organization, or an organization in general, by providing specific examples that connect to the characteristics of your chosen theory.  (Note: you do not have to discuss every single characteristic of your chosen theory, just pick a few to focus on).

  • Conclusion (1 to 2 paragraph maximum)
  • Reference page

Please review Short Paper Rubric located in the Rubrics Tab.

Leadership Theory paper
Expectations for Short Papers: Leadership & Ethics Introduction: The purpose of the introduction is to introduce the reader to the central theme of your paper. Additionally, an effective introduction should provide general information regarding the subject(s) you will be covering in your paper. The introduction should be succinct, organized and make sense.  Because this is a short paper, the introduction must be no more than one to two paragraphs in length. (1 to 2-paragraph maximum) Note: If you do write one paragraph for your introduction, make sure it is thorough. Tips for the Introduction Section: Keep it general In other words, save the specific analysis of the information you will be discussing, for the actual analysis section. Remember, the introduction provides a broad overview of what will be discussed. Please do not use direct quotes in the introduction. All concepts or theories should be paraphrased, this helps to create a stronger introduction written by you, versus taking information verbatim. Make sure whatever you write in your introduction is elaborated on in the analysis section of your paper. Everything needs to connect  Purpose Statement: After the introduction, you would then gradually narrow down the focus to a specific purpose statement. A purpose statement, is essentially just like a thesis statement, except more specific and direct. It provides the paper with a clear scope, direction and purpose. The purpose statement should be concise, and therefore, the reader should have no doubt as to the topic of your paper and the exact components that you will be discussing in the analysis section. Note: A purpose statement is written differently than a thesis statement. It may not be what you are normally used to. But please be sure to review the examples below so you are clear as to how I would like the purpose statement written. The purpose statement can be two to three sentences (depending on the complexity of the paper), which again, explicitly states the focus and direction of the writing. Examples of a purpose statement: “The purpose of this paper is to explore the importance of an ethical climate, and the biases that impact ethical decision making. Additionally, an ethical dilemma will be examined, as well as how the issue should have been handled differently, and the ethical principles that should have been considered.” Or “The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of leadership and its importance to an organization. In addition, transformational leadership will be examined and applied to this author’s organization.” *If you are ever wondering what components to put in your purpose statement, take a look at what is needed for the analysis section. *Please note: In some courses your professor may ask for a thesis statement. A thesis statement is written differently from a purpose statement. So be sure to understand that not every paper you will write in graduate school will require a purpose statement, it depends on how the professor would like you to approach the assignment. For more information on the differences between a purpose and thesis statement, check out https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Thesis_or_Purpose.html Content/Analysis: The body of the paper is comprised of the analyzation and presentation of materials that supports your purpose statement. Paragraphs must be well developed and discuss each component necessary for the assignment. Additionally, materials from other sources as well as specific examples that tie back to your own organizational experiences, must be used in order to further substantiate your statements. Don’t just “tell” the reader, “show” the reader. In other words, I am not looking for a summary of what you read, but rather a solid critical analysis in which theories and concepts are connected to examples.  (3.5 to 4 page maximum) Tips for Writing the Analysis section: Make sure you cover each component of the analysis section that is provided in the outline thoroughly. Only include pertinent information-stay on track with what each part of the outline is asking. When discussing concepts or theories, be sure to do the following: introduce, define (paraphrase), analyze, and provide examples to further support your analysis and perspective. You want to always approach your papers as if the reader is not familiar with the concepts you are discussing. Please define concepts and theories in your own words (paraphrase). Use quotes sparingly! Quotes are meant to enhance what is already written, they should not be used in place of defining concepts or theories. Please make sure you understand how you would cite a direct quote, versus how you would cite when you paraphrase information. Please be sure to review the APA material located in week one. Conclusion: The conclusion should be definitive and concise.  It should capture the importance of the central theme of the paper. Emphasizing the significance of the purpose statement and the issues/concepts you have discussed throughout the body of your paper. This helps your paper to be organized, and provides unity. (1 to 2 paragraphs maximum) Tips for Writing Your Conclusion: Try to not restate in specific detail everything you just discussed in the analysis section. Remember, you want to capture and wrap up the overall central theme of your paper. Using Scholarly Resources: Scholarly resources aside from your text, must be used for all papers in this course. In other words, pulling information from a website such as encyclopedia or wikepedia.com, is not considered a scholarly resource. Scholarly resources are peer-reviewed journal articles that are based on research. Please utilize the online library data base at WU.   Plagiarism Policy: Additionally, please take time to review my policy on plagiarism located in the syllabus. Students are expected to review the policy prior to completing your assignment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I am here to help.


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