Assignment 1: Theories of leadership

Assignment 1: Theories of Leadership 

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For all assignments, assume that the City Manager has hired you as the Chief of Staff for your local 

government. The City Manager has tasked you with developing and implementing the government’s new 

million dollar grant funded Public Leadership Academy. The mission of the Public Leadership Academy is 

to provide ongoing training and development of the local government’s current and prospective public 

leaders. This program was developed in an effort to build and sustain world class public leadership that 

exemplifies exceptional leadership traits and skills, while fostering long-term relationships internal and 

external stakeholders and constituents. In the upcoming weeks, you will deliver your first presentation to 

the government’s local councilpersons, in which you address the type of public leadership model(s) that is 

both needed within the local government for its public leaders and required to fulfil the mission of the 

Public Leadership Academy. 

 

After careful review and analysis of the steps needed to meet your goal, your first assignment is to revisit 

the theories and styles of leadership. You will examine the theories and styles that support the role of the 

public leader. 

 

You may use the Internet and / or Strayer databases to complete any additional research. 

 

Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this 

assignment. 

 

Use the basic outline below to draft your paper. Organize your responses to each question (except 

Question 4) under the following section headings: 

• Defining The Public Leader (for Question 1) 

• Leadership Theories (for Question 2) 

• Leadership Styles (for Question 3) 

 

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you: 

1. Determine two (2) leadership theories and two (2) leadership styles that support the definition of a 

public leader. Provide a rationale for your response. 

2. Assess the effectiveness of the two (2) leadership theories from Question 1. Provide two (2) 

examples for each leadership theory. 

3. Assess the effectiveness of the two (2) leadership styles from Question 1. Provide two (2) 

examples for each leadership style. 

4. Include at least five (5) academic references (no more than five [5] years old) from material 

outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate academic resources include academic and governmental 

Websites, scholarly texts, and peer-reviewed articles. Wikipedia, other wikis, and any other 

websites ending in anything other than “.gov” do not qualify as academic resources. 

 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: 

• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all 

sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your 

professor for any additional instructions. 

• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s 

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. 

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