Questions on Your Style of Leadership

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* Week Two: Learning Activity 1 – Doctoral Thinking
 
Read the University of Phoenix Material: Doctoral Thinking on your student website. Then, in this thread, click Reply, and click Quote Original. Read the following passages and complete the tables for each passage. Type your Reflection Question response and post your message to the thread. Review the answer key in the Course Materials forum after the activity due date.  

Low-Rigor Passage
 
Note. The following references have been fabricated for this sample passage.  
For centuries people have been debating whether leaders are born or made. Perhaps leaders are both. There are hundreds of different leadership styles, and they can all be effective depending on the leader and the situation. Leaders can choose which style is best for their particular needs. According to Koffer (2007), situational leadership is the preferred leadership style among executives in multinational companies. As society becomes increasingly global, leaders must have situational leadership skills to remain competitive and achieve the mission. Global organizations can greatly benefit when leaders use the situational style. The situational style is just one of many styles, but it has advantages that other styles do not have. In a global market, situational leadership is necessary for success.  

Low-Rigor Indicators| Examples From the Text(copy and paste phrases or sentences from the passage)| Vague statements|  Since the beginning of time, information literacy has been the biggest concern for educators. | Unsupported opinions|  Many educators feel their students do not have the necessary information literacy skills.| Inadequate explanations|  Many educators feel their students do not have the necessary information literacy skills.|  

High-Rigor Passage
 
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Twenty-first century leaders may choose from many leadership styles, including transformational, situational, and servant leadership. While all these styles can be effective, Koffer (2007) found situational leadership to be the most favored style in multinational organizations. According to Koffer, situational leaders are those who can adapt their behaviors to changing circumstances. For example, a situational leader might provide intensive coaching and supervision to unify two groups of employees after a merger. However, as the team becomes unified, the leader offers less supervision and requires the employees to be more self-sufficient. This adaptive leadership style can be especially beneficial in global companies as leaders modify their behaviors to accommodate culturally and geographically diverse workforces (Ming-Lee, 2008).

High-Rigor Indicators| Examples From the Text(copy and paste phrases or sentences from the passage)| Ideas supported by research| According to the Gooding Educational Research Foundation (2007), nearly 85% of American high school students rely solely on the Internet for their academic research.| Explanations of key concepts|  Yet Internet sources are often inaccurate, misleading, or out of date.| Examples to illustrate ideas|  Less than 5% of all Internet sources consist of reliable, verifiable, factual information (Brandis, 2006).|  

Reflection Question
 
Note that both passages addressed the same topic—leadership—with the same word count of 125 words, using correct grammar and APA citations. What insights can you gain from comparing the two passages? How will you apply these insights to your own writing?

Although both passages are about leadership, the high rigor passage was more believable because it had examples and research to support the main idea of the text. What I have gained from reading both passages is that scholarly writing requires research and examples to support it. Verifiable research is important as scholarly writing within the community will be used and referred to by other...
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