Explain how leadership style or characteristics can be used to overcome perceived individual weaknesses.

Complete a SWOT analysis of yourself, and write 3–5 pages about how the results of your SWOT analysis might be used in both a workplace setting and in the community.Effective leaders are those who can scan the environment, who are willing to receive feedback from others about their own performance, and who are willing to try new things; hence the emphasis on integration with self-discovery and ongoing learning.By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Evaluate the purpose and relevance of leadership.
    • Describe leadership style or characteristics as represented by individual strengths.
    • Explain how leadership style or characteristics can be used to overcome perceived individual weaknesses.
    • Explain how leadership style or characteristics can be used to explore opportunities.
    • Analyze how leadership style or characteristics can be used to overcome threats.
  • Competency 2: Evaluate how leadership strengths apply in the workplace and within the community.
    • Analyze the relationship between individual strengths, leadership style or characteristics, and workplace setting

As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.

  • Bill Gates said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others” (Sources of Insight, 2011). What does that mean? How might it influence the way you view leadership power and authority?
  • How do effective leaders empower and support those around them?
Reference

Sources of Insight. (2011, January 19). Lessons learned from Bill Gates. Retrieved from http://sourcesofinsight.com/lessons-learned-from-bill-gates/

Suggested Resources

The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The BUS-FP3012 – Fundamentals of Leadership Library Guide can help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

Capella University Library Resources

These resources are available from the Capella University Bookstore:

  • Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
    • Chapter 10, “Strengthen Others.”
    • Chapter 11, “Recognize Contributions.”
    • Chapter 12, “Celebrate the Values and Victories.”
  • Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. New York, NY: Gallup Press.
    • “Leading With Your Strengths: A Guide to the 34 Themes in Strengths Based Leadership.”

For this assessment, consider you were recently promoted to an executive level position in your organization. The organization has a highly regarded management training and development program led by its human resources department. As part of that, the HR team works individually with each new executive to create a customized development plan. One component of that is that the HR team asks each new executive to create a personal SWOT analysis. New executives are typically familiar with a SWOT analysis (analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) from their past educational and professional experience, but typically think of that tool as applied to an organization rather than applied personally.

Preparation

You too are probably already familiar with the business practice of conducting a SWOT analysis, but you are encouraged to conduct independent research on this term as necessary. Complete an abbreviated version of a SWOT analysis on your own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Use the criteria below as a guide for your analysis. You will use your SWOT analysis results to complete this assessment.

Strengths

Briefly identify and describe your top five strengths. When you think about your areas of strength, be sure to consider:

  • Advantages (skills, education, experience) you have that others do not.
  • The achievements you are most proud of.
  • Things you do better than anyone else.
  • Special connections you may have.
  • Resources that are available to you.

Be sure to consider how others see you as well as how you see yourself.

Weaknesses

Briefly identify and describe three areas of weakness. Some things to consider might be:

  • Tasks you avoid doing because you do not feel confident doing them.
  • Negative work habits, such as often being late, disorganized, or easily stressed.
  • Your level of confidence in your skills, education, or experience.
  • Personality traits that might hold you back. For example, do you have a fear of public speaking, yet work where you are expected to conduct meetings regularly?

Just as with your strengths, be sure to consider how others see you.

Opportunities

Briefly identify and describe at least two opportunities for growth. It may help you to think about:

  • Do you have a network of influential contacts?
  • Is there a need in your company or industry that no one has been able to fill?
  • Are there trends in your company that you could use to your advantage?
  • Can you offer solutions to problems within your company?
Threats

Briefly identify and describe at least two threats you are facing. These may be in the form of:

  • Obstacles you are facing at work.
  • Competition for positions or projects.
  • A major change in the nature of your job.

Requirements

Determine how the results of your SWOT analysis might be used in both a workplace setting and in the community and complete an analysis paper describing that. Be sure to address the following:

  • Analyze the leadership style or characteristics you see reflected in your strengths.
  • Analyze how you can apply the leadership style or characteristics to overcome perceived weaknesses.
  • Analyze how you can use the leadership style or characteristics to explore opportunities.
  • Analyze how you can use the leadership style or characteristics to overcome threats and provide specific strategies to accomplish that.
  • Evaluate the relationship between individual strengths, leadership style or characteristics, and workplace setting. As part of that, associate the leadership style or characteristics represented in your strengths with the type of work you believe would best support them.
  • Analyze how well your current career fits your leadership style.
Additional Requirements

Include your SWOT analysis as an appendix. Note: The SWOT analysis will not be graded directly.

Given the intended audience for your SWOT and overall leadership analysis, it should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. It should be approximately 3–5 pages in length. Follow APA rules for attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.

Academic Integrity and APA Formatting

As a reminder related to using APA rules to ensure academic honesty:

  1. When using a direct quote (using exact or nearly exact wording), you must enclose the quoted wording in quotation marks, immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source must then be listed in your references page.
  2. When paraphrasing (using your own words to describe a non-original idea), the paraphrased idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source must be listed in your references page
 

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