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Corporate Leadership Study

Each student will choose a CEO from one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America to study.

The study will include (1) documenting that person's achievements, (2) applying one appropriate leadership model to that person such as servant leadership, transformational leadership, authentic leadership, situational leadership, etc. (describing the characteristics of the model and then how the leader measures up to each of these characteristics or behaviors), (3) assessing the delivery skills of innovation (associative thinking, questioning, experimenting and networking) as they are exemplified by the leader being studied, and (4) drawing lessons for other leaders. The paper should be well researched and referenced, including at least five sources, three of which must be from sources external to the firm the leader works for. Here are the first-level headings your paper should have.



Biography (including affiliations and accomplishments)

Applying an Appropriate Leadership Model

Use of Discovery Skills to Promote Innovation and Manage Change

Lessons Learned



The research paper will be 8-10 double-spaced pages in text length, not including cover page or references. Paper must be written according to APA style and be carefully referenced. Your abstract will be included in your page count.


Appropriate references: This is a library research paper and you must use at least 5 different sources, not including textbooks; so be sure to pick a leader about which a lot has been written. At least 3 of these sources must be published journal articles; the others may be organizational websites, government websites, or other reputable Internet sources. (You may use textbooks and other books if you have more than 5 sources.) For purposes of this paper, business journals such as Fortune and Forbes will count as journal articles.

The introduction of each paper will include a statement of the purpose and organization of the paper. Before your conclusion, you must have a section entitled "Lessons Learned: where you explain what other leaders can learn from the leader you are studying. This is the one section of the paper where you are analyzing what you have learned and extrapolating in order to make recommendations. You are not expected to have references in this section. Instead, this section should show some original thinking.

Appearance, punctuation, grammar, neatness, and spelling count. This must be a professional looking paper to receive full credit. Paper should have an introduction, body, conclusion, and reference section. Paper should also have the headings given above. Be sure to use the required title page. Write transition sentences between sections so that the reader knows where you are going and why. Note that this is a research paper. Avoid all first person pronouns and personal opinion.

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