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Discussion Question #1
Identify three (3) possible dissertation research topics related to organizational leadership. Make sure your topics are current and relevant to the field.
1. How does leadership style of principals affects teacher and student performance?
2. Leadership traits and beliefs. How does personality types, spiritual beliefs and gender how it boosts or weakens their leadership
3. Leadership Organizational innovativeness when it comes to non-profit organizations. How to keep volunteers inspired?
- Discuss some of the leadership problems or opportunities that each of these three studies addresses.
Leadership issues that arise in schools are many across the board; from student bullying teachers, to academic failure and at risk youth alternative school retention. Principals leadership affect subordinate’s teachers and students alike. As school leaders, principals can influence student achievement in several ways, such as hiring and firing of teachers, monitoring instruction and maintaining student discipline, among many others. When leadership influence is not positive but seen in a negative way what are the effects on subordinates?
Serving others comes from a form of servitude and passion for a cause. Robert Greenleaf states, “The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” (Spears,2005).
Non-profit organizations volunteers can be tough to maintain. Leadership in non-profit organizations must continually inspire their workers with a passionate and charismatic approach. Some can be dedicated to the cause but not the organization, needing tangible evidence of the changes they are making in the lives of others. Volunteer do not depend on the organization for steady income. Innovative ideas to keep the passionate for the cause and offer other incentives are important. Non -Profit leaders face various hurdles. Financial hurdles, Operational effectiveness, competition of resources and grants to help fund the organization. Are servant leader the best leadership model for non-profit organizations? (Parris & Peachey, 2013).
Some religious doctrines and denominations do not support women female leaders. Many female leaders in different organizations cannot teach or be active in leadership roles. What a leader believes about people, his organization, or herself affects what he or she does.
· Offer specific suggestions for the leadership problems and/or opportunities. Support these suggestions with a rationale, research sources, and/or examples from your experience in teams/groups.
Jackson, J. C. (2013). Principal and teacher beliefs about leadership implications for student performance.
Parris, D. L., & Peachey, J. W. (2013). A systematic literature review of servant leadership theory in organizational contexts. Journal of business ethics, 113(3), 377-393.
Spears, L. C. (2005). The understanding and practice of servant leadership. International Journal of Servant Leadership, 1(1), 29-46.
Three possible dissertation research topics/questions are found below combined with the reconciliation opportunities that each topic offers regarding its influential conceptual aspects associated with leadership.
Personal Identity: How does personal morals, ethical standards and a leader’s culture positively or negatively affect leadership growth? The development of a leader is influenced by several known and unknown antecedents. As each leader will utilize different theories, character traits and approaches to support their followers and organizations; it is imperative to examine the circumstantial influence on this individual development. In required reading from this week’s module, students learn the importance of the psychodynamic approach. This leadership approach is commonly utilized by leaders to “encourage leaders and followers to become aware of their own personality types and those of the people with whom they work in order to better understand their own behavior and the responses” received (Northouse, P. G., 2012). This topic addresses the question or theme of self-identification and self-awareness. As a leader if you do not possess awareness can you ever claim to be a successful leader? In current events, Americans can call into question Trump’s personal identity and how it negatively affects his leadership skills as his lack of awareness is causing immense suffering.
EI vs SI: Would it be more beneficial to have a leader of an organization have emotional intelligence versus social intelligence? In past assignments, emotional intelligence is discussed and identified as an important and influential concept regarding leadership. “The domain of social intelligence relates to center genres of emotional intelligence i.e. self-aware, humanistic, sociable and self-satisfying and thus necessitate emphasizing these genres in the fields which involve human interaction” (Khodadady, E., & Hezareh, O., 2016). Working closely to the border of Mexico, is it important as a leader to possess social intelligence regarding the effects of the commute into the United States and the ramifications it would cause to terminate someone who is consistently tardy due to the above?
Gender/sexuality: In a society that is redefining gender roles, gender identities and sexual orientation; would a specific gender identity or sexual identity positively or negatively affect leadership and their followers? “Diversity and inclusion depend first and foremost on leadership at the top” (Vogt, L., 2013). According to this article, the stimulus of diversity starts with the concept of leadership. This purports that the more sundry a leader is assumed to be; followers or subordinates will be able to better identify with their leader which in-turn could support the success of the team as a whole. As we have yet to see a female president as a leader in the United States, other countries have already participated in the movement of comprisal. Women, people of color and minorities have had to fight for inclusion. These group are currently still struggling for acceptance. Newer groups related in the LGBT community, sexual identities and those who do not identify with standard gender roles are now pushing for involvement in a community with a biased construct.
Avolio, B. J., Mhatre, K., Norman, S. M., & Lester, P. (2009). The moderating effect of gender on leadership intervention impact: An exploratory review. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 15(4), 325. Retrieved from https://login.libproxy.edmc.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/203162735?accountid=34899
Khodadady, E., & Hezareh, O. (2016). Social and Emotional Intelligences: Empirical and Theoretical Relationship. Journal Of Language Teaching & Research, 7(1), 128-136. doi:10.17507/jltr.0701.14
Northouse, P. G. (02/2012). Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6th Edition. [Argosy University]. Retrieved from https://digitalbookshelf.argosy.edu/#/books/9781452255538/
Vogt, L. (2013). Diversity depends on leadership. Canadian HR Reporter, 26(8), 14. Retrieved from https://login.libproxy.edmc.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/1355490830?accountid=34899