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ASSESSMENT 2: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO - REFLECTIONS ABOUT LEADING A WORK GROUP. You need to produce a Leadership Development Portfolio (50% of total mark) containing the development activities carried out during the course. This will have to be completed by a reflective report which will include a reflection of your own leadership style and strategy in the light of the experiential learning activities of the course. Think of your daily situation at work either as a leader or as a follower and: Briefly describe your role and systematically suggest how the various activities and knowledge acquired in the course can support you in developing your own leadership capabilities in relation to your specific job (use examples whenever possible). Conduct a cultural analysis of Leadership within your own organization. In order to do so you need to relate the practices of leadership to both your organizational and national contexts and critically highlight the models and styles of leadership that are encouraged and those that are discouraged by the organizational culture. In addition you need to discuss how leadership influences the culture of the organization. Your answer needs to consider how your organizational culture is influenced both by the leader/s and by the societal culture. One or more theoretical approaches should be used to support your analysis. You need to discuss the points above in approximately 2500 words (+ or – 10% as per regulations).

Reflective report which will include a reflection of your own leadership style and strategy in the light of the experiential learning activities of the course. Think of your daily situation at work either as a leader or as a follower and: Briefly describe your role.

systematically suggest how the various activities and knowledge acquired in the course can support you in developing your own leadership capabilities in relation to your specific job (use examples whenever possible). Conduct a cultural analysis of Leadership within your own organization. In order to do so you need to: Relate the practices of leadership to both your organizational and national contexts. Critically highlight the models and styles of leadership that are encouraged and those that are discouraged by the organizational culture. Discuss how leadership influences the culture of the organization. Consider how your organizational culture is influenced both by the leader/s and by the societal culture. One or more theoretical approaches should be used to support your analysis. Organization culture: is a pattern of beliefs and expectations shared by the organization's members. These beliefs and expectations produce norms that powerfully shape the behavior of individuals and groups in the organization (Schwarts and Davies, 1981:33). Since the concept of culture is associated to beliefs, values, expectations, and meanings that are shared by organizational members, we can realize that culture cannot be dictated by top management. Culture distinguishes organizations and often is referred to as "How things are done around here". Culture key symbols: Ceremonies, Stories, Language (in the form of jokes, metaphors, legends, etc. These key symbols aren't the culture itself; they are the meanings of transmitting and maintaining the culture. A variety of other measures are: HR practices also contribute to the transmission and endorsement of the company's culture, such measures include recruitment, and selection processes, appraisal systems, training and development, companywide initiatives, and community programs. New members are usually selected on the basis of match between their values, and those of the organization, or they go through a process of socialization leading to the learning and internalization of such values.

Edgar Schein's model of Organization Culture:
Culture in an organization exists in 3 levels:
1. The deepest level of basic beliefs and assumptions.
2. Values and behavioral...
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