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Effective and Ineffective Leadership

This contains two different questions. Please label the question number clearly in your response.

(I)Describe an effective leader:
(a) First, Describe your job. How long had you held this position or engaged in the activity? How old were you at the time?
(b) Then, List up to five specific things that the person (your leader) did or said that made you see him or her as a good / great leader?
(c) Finally, List up to five specific things that the person did not do so well.

(II)Describe an Ineffective leader:
(a) First, Describe your job. How long had you held this position or engaged in the activity? How old were you at the time?
(b) Then, List up to five specific things that the person (your leader) did or said that made you see him or her as a POOR leader?
(c) Finally, List up to five specific things that the person did well as a leader.

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One approach to help you with an assignment like this is to use examples of jobs, which you can use tweak to fit your own personal job experiences. This is the approach this response takes. Briefly, for questions like these, it is often helpful to locate a list of leadership skills and then decide on the qualities that a leader had or did not have, and then write about them. I used three sources related to a leaders' characteristics for this response.

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RESPONSE:

(I)Describe an effective leader:

(a) First, describe your job. How long had you held this position or engaged in the activity? How old were you at the time?

This is asking you for your personal work experience. One approach is to give you an example, which can help you use your own job experience.

I will use a hypothetical example of an internship for Graduate studies in counseling, which is one year in length.

The job was to set up my clientele through phoning people who had applied for mental health counseling and were on a waiting list. I phoned them and set up a first appointment and developed a case load of 10 clients. I counseled the clients on one-to-one counseling on various mental health issues usually once a week and my supervisor provided feedback on my sessions, which were taped, if the clients agreed to tape the sessions. I also co-facilitate two groups, one women's group for depression and another women's group for women who had been molested in childhood.

(b) Then, list up to five specific things that the person (your leader) did or said that made you see him or her as a ...

Solution Summary

Through illustrative exmaple, this solution explains the qualities and characteristics of an effective and ineffective leader.

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