Reflection paper focused on “self as leader”


Paper One: Write a 4-5 page reflection paper focused on “self as leader” and his/her current ethical decision-making method.

In reflecting on self as leader, the students will write on their current skills as a manager or leader, including their potential for leadership growth and development. What is their skill level today? Where do they want to be at the end of the MBA program? What area(s) specifically need development? Students should outline the two to three leadership development goals to be achieved during the program and the action plans that they will undertake during the program to reach those goals. Then the students need to address how they will measure the accomplishment of these goals. They should include their strengths and weaknesses with the development plan. Students may also query their colleagues for specific feedback on potential areas of development as an input to identifying strengths and weaknesses.

The following is a guide for them to draw from, in addition to their learning on leadership styles in the curriculum.

Mainly cope with – Complexity Change
What needs to be done by: Planning and budgeting Setting a direction, creating the vision, and modeling the way
Pulling together the people needed to get the job done through: Organizing and staffing Aligning and challenging the status quo in support of strategic goals
Ensuring that people do their jobs by: Controlling and day-to-day problem solving Motivating, inspiring, and facilitating the best solutions for ill-defined problems

In reflection of their ethical decision-making method, students will write on the various ethical systems described in the text and which ethical system(s) the student utilizes when making decisions: egoism, universalism, utilitarianism or relativism. How does their decision-making style inform their management/leadership? What does the student need to do in order to improve their ethical decision-making? The student may discuss an experience that typifies current state/understanding of ethical development. Discuss the ethical values that are most important: honesty, responsibility, trust, citizenship, integrity, and respect and how the student plans to improve their ethical decision-making during the course of the program. A discussion of how stress is likely to impact their decision-making and how they will proactively manage work/life balance is also suggested.