General Colin Powell
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand?
— General Colin Powell
For your first assignment, you will examine several (at least two but no more than four) case studies from your Managing in the Public Sector textbook and determine if the leaders in these case studies were able to offer sound solutions to the situations presented. You may choose any case study category you wish, but your choice should represent a close alignment with your area of study specialization. For your convenience, the appendix of the Managing in the Public Sector text lists the cases by subject areas on pages 143–154. This is a great place to start in identifying the cases that best align with your area of specialization..
Steps for Completing the Assignment
Identify the case study category you have chosen and list that on your title page of your assignment paper. For example: Demonstrating Effective Leadership: Case Study Category Legal Issues. Prepare an introductory section or paragraph that identifies your selected category, why it was selected, and why it is important to your field of practice or study.
In the body of your paper, briefly summarize the case study. In your summary, be sure you identify who the leader is, the issue he or she is facing, and what you believe to be the cause of the issue. Remember, the case studies do not present all of the answers or information. You will need to use the information available and draw your own conclusions about the situations.
Please note: If your instructor requires you to submit this assignment to Smarthinking for feedback prior to submitting it in the courseroom, be sure you attach the Smarthinking feedback report along with your assignment.
Next, compare and contrast how effectively each leader was in the ability to build relationships within his or her organization. Begin with an analysis of each case study, and then summarize commonalities that exist across all of the case studies within your selected category. You will want to support your evaluation with citations and appropriate APA references to at least two peer-reviewed journals or scholarly sources. Based on your evaluation, determine how likely the leader, in each case study, will be able to build and maintain strong relationships outside his or her organization with other public service leaders.
How well do these leaders communicate both verbally and in writing? Analyze the role of communication in both creating and resolving the issues presented in the case studies.
Finally, from the information provided in each of your case studies, evaluate and summarize how well each leader manages professional responsibilities and priorities. Also include in your closing comments or summary key lessons that these case studies provide for leaders in their respective public service fields. Please use examples to clarify and support your evaluation.
Your completed assignment should be approximately 5–6 pages in length, not including the title page and reference page. You must include references to at least four different resources (peer-reviewed journals or other scholarly resource, assigned unit readings, and the like). Be sure that you follow APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources in the body of your paper and on the Reference page.