You may select any type of leader for whom there is sufficient information to provide a good analysis of leadership processes and outcomes. Examples include political leaders, military leaders, business executives, religious leaders, sports coaches, and leaders of social movements.
A minimum requirement of the paper is to identify specific behaviors and refer to relevant theories to explain why the behaviors were appropriate or inappropriate in the situation faced by the leader. Even better is to identify reasons why the leader was successful enough to become famous. Both strengths and weaknesses of each leader should be identified. Issues of ethical leadership should be considered as well. It is helpful to use quotes and detailed descriptions of selected incidents to support your conclusions about the leader’s behavior and influence on followers. The source for any quotes or factual details must be clearly cited and referenced in accordance with APA requirements.
You should read at least three separate sources (biographies and articles) that provide enough detail to identify specific traits, skills, behaviors, influence processes, and relevant aspects of the situation. The most useful type of source is a biographical account of the leader’s activities and accomplishments. Other relevant sources may include: an autobiographical account or memoirs written by the leader, a detailed, analytical article written by someone besides the leader, filmed biographies or documentaries about the leader, and dramatized accounts of significant events involving the leader. All sources should be clearly cited in the paper and referenced in accordance with APA requirements.
25% Appropriate length: 1,250 to 1,500 words (about five to six pages, double-spaced)
25% Content (follow the instructions above)
25% Paragraph form, grammar, spelling and punctuation
25% Proper citing and referencing of sources (APA style)