Defining Myself as a Leader
your strengths as a leader, how this impacts your role as a leader, and your personal leadership
Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about
Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric Corp.
Jack Welch’s quote summarizes the key premise of the value of gathering information to inform ongoing
self-awareness and self-assessment—that becoming a more effective leader entails a journey into
yourself. This includes assessing your strengths, capabilities, how you influence others, your personal
leadership vision, and how you see them impacting your role as a human resource leader.
Note: You will need to incorporate results from this assessment into Assessment 4. Therefore, it is
recommended that you complete this assessment before Assessment 4. Reference Welch, J., & Welch, S. (2005). Winning. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. Introduction It is important to be able to understand and articulate who you are as a leader. This not only assists
during times of interviews for new positions and performance reviews but also for educating others on
who you are as a leader and what they can expect from your leadership.
• Obtaining an informed awareness and understanding of your leadership strengths and
opportunities requires gathering relevant information rather than relying solely on your own
experience, perception, and intuition. Relevant data can come from surveys, online
assessments, feedback from others and performance reviews, just to name a few.
• Articulating these ideas for ourselves is often a challenge. Spending time preparing the clarity of
your message will be useful for future career activities, as well as validation for yourself. For this assessment you will gather relevant data to inform your understanding of who you are as
leader, including your strengths, opportunities, and leadership style and articulating that effectively. Scenario You have recently been promoted to a human resource position, which means you will be reporting to a
new leader. Your new leader has asked to meet with you to learn more about you. In preparation for
this meeting, you decide to prepare a memo outlining your strengths as a leader, your personal
leadership statement, how this impacts your role as a human resource leader, and what this will mean in
leading others both in your department as well as throughout the organization. Leadership Development Challenge
In this assessment you will write a memo to your human resource leader discussing who you are as a
leader. Using relevant data, you will provide evidence to support your discussion and your personal
leadership statement. To prepare for writing your personal leadership statement, you will need to articulate your leadership
strengths and capabilities as well as how you communicate and influence others. While you may know
many things about your leadership strengths, challenges and opportunities, it is important to provide
evidence to support your assertions. Choosing to gather evidence on a variety of topics provides a more
robust understanding of your leadership strengths, capabilities, and opportunities. You may choose whatever resource evidence you would like from outside resources. To assist you in
resources, refer to the resources provided to support this assessment.
• The Leadership Self-Awareness activity provides the following resources:
o The Leadership Experience Textbook Self-Insight Activities section provides many
surveys from the Daft text.
o The Online Assessments section provides several online assessments.
• The Communication and Influence activity provides resources that specifically focus on
communication and influence as critical elements of leadership for human resource
professionals. You will also want to understand how to write a personal leadership statement. The Personal Leadership
Statements activity gives you clear steps and ideas for articulating your vision for yourself as a leader
through a personal leadership statement. Instructions Write a 5–7 page memo to your new leader in which you identify your strengths as a leader, how this
impacts your role as a human resource leader, and your personal leadership statement. You are
expected to provide relevant evidence to support your definition of who you are as a leader. Because
you will be discussing your own leadership experiences, behaviors, and vision, identifying yourself in the
first person would be appropriate. Your paper should be well organized and cover the following
• Summarize your personal leadership strengths and capabilities. Include the following:
o A minimum of three relevant leadership self-assessment sources that inform and
support your claims.
o References and citations for the self-assessment sources you use.
• Analyze how your personal strengths and capabilities align with leadership theories for effective
human resource leadership. Address the following:
o The concept of influence and how your strengths and capabilities support the need to
influence as a human resource professional.
o Influence strategies and examples of how you have or would use them.
o References and citations from relevant sources to support your discussion.
• Develop a personal leadership statement. Address the following:
o A statement of who you are as a leader, based on your analysis from leadership self-
assessments and knowledge of leadership theories.
o A statement that is concise, personal, declarative, and connects important elements
that are critical for you.
o The Personal Leadership Statements activity provides clear steps and ideas for
articulating your vision for yourself as a leader through a personal leadership statement.
• Explain how self-reflection impacts the role of a human resource leader.
• Conclusion. Additional Requirements
• Length: 5–7 typed, double-spaced pages, plus the cover and resources pages.
o The first page should be a cover sheet with your name, the course number, assessment
title, and date. No other information is required on this page.
o The last page should be the reference list.
• Organization: Make sure your assessment writing is well organized, using headings and
subheadings to organize content for the reader.
• Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 points.
• Resources: Use 4–6 relevant sources to support your assertions and conclusions.
• APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations are formatted according to current APA style
• Written communication:
o Support main points and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
o Use spell-check and other tools to ensure correct spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Review the HR Leadership Development: Defining Myself as a Leader Scoring Guide prior to submitting
to ensure you have met the requirements of the assessment. Competencies Measured By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following
course competencies through corresponding scoring guide criteria:
• Competency 1: Apply leadership and management theories and models to inform human
resource leadership practices.
o Analyze how personal strengths and capabilities align with leadership theories for
effective human resource leadership.
• Competency 2: Assess strengths and personal leadership capabilities to inform development as
a human resource leader.
o Summarize personal leadership strengths and capabilities.
o Develop a personal leadership statement.
o Explain how self-reflection impacts the role of a human resource leader.
• Competency 4: Communicate professionally through writing that is organized and supported
and that clearly conveys intended information.
o Support main points, assertions, arguments, conclusions, or recommendations with
relevant and credible evidence.