A profile of a leader who may or may not embody these characteristics of excellence in 15 pagesusw1_mmpa_6420_week01_finalproject_guidelines__1_.pdfFinal Project Guidelines
Profile of a Leader
As a future public administrator, you will want to familiarize yourself with what
constitutes excellence in public and nonprofit sector leadership. In this Final Project, you
write a profile of a leader who may or may not embody these characteristics of
excellence. To do so, select an individual who is especially interesting to you and use
what you have explored in this course as a foundation. You may select any
contemporary leader of a public (e.g., government), or nonprofit organization (including
your own organization) as long as it is someone for whom there is sufficient information
to provide an effective analysis of successful management and leadership in public and
nonprofit organizations. The leader you interview can function at any management level
of the organization, from supervisor to president of the board of trustees.
The Final Project
(15–18 pages, not including title page and references)
The Final Project is a synthesis of the elements of successful leadership covered in the
weekly assignments, including any recommendations given by the Instructor and
The Final Project is to be completed in three parts:
Week 1: Interview Consent Form
Secure the permission to interview your selected leader in the public or nonprofit sector
for your Final Project using the Interview Consent Form provided in this week’s Learning
Resources. The Interview Consent Form should be submitted in Week 4 along with the
Final Project Proposal.
Week 4: Final Project Proposal
Submit a 2- to 3-page paper describing the leader you propose to interview and why
you chose this leader. Also submit a list of interview questions you have created to ask
him or her. Submit no later than Day 7 of Week 4. Incorporate Instructor feedback into
your Final Project in Week 10.
Note: Together with the leader you are interviewing, you will create a pseudonym to
protect his or her confidentiality, and inform the interviewee that his or her real name will
not be used. In addition, no personal information other than professional credentials
(e.g., education, leadership role, job history) will be shared either in this proposal or the
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Week 10: Final Project
The Final Project is due by Day 7 of Week 10. The analysis should include, but is not
limited to, an in-depth examination of the leader, including the following sections:
Section I: Introduction (3–5 pages)
The introduction will include the context within which the leader works:
• A description of the leader’s organization (e.g., the organization’s mission, main
stakeholders, constituents, similar organizations). Note: Do not use the actual
name of the organization or identifying details.
• A description of the setting (e.g., geographical, cultural, socioeconomic) and why
it is relevant to the operation of the organization
• Any other information about the organization or related background that you think
is important to understanding the organization and the leader
Section II: Body (9–10 pages)
• Write a brief profile of the leader you selected. Describe the leader’s contributions
to the organization(s)
o Stakeholders (e.g., “followers,” employees, other leaders, community
o Overall community
o Society, if applicable
• Provide an example of a situation in which the interviewee demonstrated his or
her management abilities. Then provide an example of a situation in which the
interviewee demonstrated his or her leadership abilities. Finally, provide an
example of where the interviewee believes he or she could have demonstrated
management or leadership abilities more successfully, and why.
• Provide an example of management strategies the leader used to address an
organizational problem (e.g., communicating across the organization, dealing
with budget crisis or shortfalls, working with community stakeholders, dealing
with team conflicts)
• Explain specific behaviors the leader engaged in that were appropriate and that
contributed to his or her success.
• Use leadership theory(ies) to explain why the behaviors described led to
• Describe the leader’s style, and provide examples that support your assertion.
• Summarize what you believe to be the leader’s strengths and weaknesses as a
• Identify and describe a potential or actual ethical or legal issue the leader or to a
situation in which the leader was engaged. (Please be sure to ensure the
confidentiality of your interview by leaving out identifying details.)
Conclusion: (3 pages)
• Provide recommendations to improve the leader’s effectiveness within a public or
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Describe a plan of action that tells specifically how you would implement your
recommendations. Explain how your plan of action is
References should include at least eight scholarly references from academic and
professional journals (other than those provided in the Learning Resources),
organizational literature, and interviews with key organizational actors and experts. Use
the format as outlined in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American
Tips for conducting the interview:
Before the interview, try to empty your mind of all preconceptions and factors that
could color your observation of the other’s experience. Do not create fixed
agendas or pre-determined hypotheses. Plan the open-ended questions you will
use. Expect some ambiguity.
Suspend judgment; try not to comment or inject your opinions. Do not be afraid of
silence. It may be a time for the person you are talking with to gather thoughts
and reflect. Allow the person you are interviewing to “tell his or her story,” and
explain how he or she became associated with the organization, past successes,
past failures, and future challenges.
Try to create a relaxed atmosphere. Observe body language.
The Final Project will be evaluated using the Final Project Rubric located in the Course
Information area. Be sure that the Final Project is written using APA format.
Information on scholarly writing may be found in the APA manual and at the Walden
Writing Center website.
The Final Project is due on Day 7 of Week 10. See the Week 10 Project area for
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