Learning Activity 1 – The perspective of the leaders in the 21st century

Subject: Business    / General Business
Learning Activity #1 The perspective of the leader in the 21st century is focused on inspiring people to move toward the vision of the organization. One critical way to move people is to develop a leadership style which has room to change depending on the situation. Because “vision” works on multiple levels; the individual, department, division, and organization as a whole, the need to inspire people on all levels requires the personal development of a leadership style. Moreover, the style should fit and change with the people
who connect with the leader on any given level.

Part one: Read the material in Content for week two.
Take the leadership style assessment in the Kent article and determine what your current style is.
Evaluate your results and determine how you can change or improve your style to fit the “successful 21st leadership style”. In your evaluation explain how the reading material describes the successful leadership styles for the 21st century and how your style relates to those characteristics. Use at least 3 reading materials to support your evaluation.

Part two: Once you have evaluated your style in relationship to the needs of the 21 st century leader, take the analysis one step beyond and determine in what situations your style works best and where it does not. For those situations where your style is not a good fit suggest how you would handle the
situation in another way. For example would you get someone else to handle the situation on your behalf and why is that a better solution? Or would you adapt yourself to a new style? Explain your ideas using primary sources to support your thinking.

Learning Activity #2 You are the owner of a small company which is looking to expand its shipping and logistics department.
You have developed a new Internet line which is taking off and you have several large orders to fill. You wish to hire a manager for the department who is experienced with international shipping. You currently have two other managers Joan and Fritz that handle order fulfillment and packaging. You have envisioned a straight line team process with all managers having equal decision making authority within the team. The shipping team must work together well. Joan’s department is good at getting the orders together while Fritz is still struggling with getting the packing department to work with him. The new manager has to act as team leader and get things working smoothly from beginning of the order to delivery.
Identify which characteristics your new employee should have. Describe those characteristics the new
manager should possess and why. Address the roles and characteristics of the 21 st century manager
and leader. How they work together and how they are different.