(I am doing this assignment individually so I am not apart of the team, so I just need this for myself)

What Makes an Effective Leader? Compare and contrast what makes an effective leader (Characteristics of Effective leadership) with the findings from the leadership interview conducted (Evidence of Interviews).   
By Thursday of M4, this TEAM Discussion on What Makes an Effective Leader? Use the results of your findings and subsequent discussion to complete this section for the final project:
Comparison of Interview Results: You will compare the leaders with one another as well as to the literature review in the first section. What was consistent, what wasn’t consistent, how were the leaders different, were the leaders still effective regardless of different traits, what does this mean, etc.? (Those are just starter ideas). Length is about 300-400 words, but it does depend on the number of leaders interviewed and that depends on the number of team members. You will need to cite references to interviews as well as to the traits and characteristics from the earlier section.

Characteristics of Effective leadership: This is a literature review of the key characteristics of effective leaders. How many traits or characteristics? Plan to research two times the number of team members.  If you have three members, then six would be appropriate. This also allows you to collaborate as well as share the work.  Each trait should be about 150 words and have at least one current and reliable citation. Also, the individual assignment – M3 Application Assignment regarding a leadership interview.
Evidence of Interviews: The evidence of interviews is where you can share (perhaps a paragraph on each leader) a summary of what was learned and how it related or didn’t relate to the researched traits. Each team member can draw from their application assignment to help with their portion. This is often a portion of what each member wrote for the summary of that application assignment. Length is about 300-400 words … a paragraph from each team member, so it does depend on the number of members, but we usually average 3-4 per team. Each person should create a reference for their interview and then it can be cited with your summary.
It is highly recommended that you use the Team Project Template for the final project
When the assignment is complete one team member will submit the report to Submit Assignment button.
This assignment is a Direct Measure assessment. 

(I added the interview answers, and the template to use)

What Makes an Effective Leader?


BUS6150 – Project
Human Behavior and Management of Organizations

Date of Submission
Dr. Rebecca Herman


Characteristics of Effective Leadership

Evidence of Interviews

Comparison of Interview Results




Interviewee: Renate Matthews
Position: Business Teacher at Cornerstone High School in Detroit (teacher for 15 years)
Worked I education for over 30 years
Mentor Teachers, Foundation board of DADF, Life Insurance for the State of MI, Ambassador for Empowered, DECA Advisor
CEO and Founder of S.Y.N.C (Owner for 3 years)
1. How would you define effective leadership? Effective leadership is a complex concept because there are no specific set traits that must be embodied by all leaders. It does, however, require that one is able to evoke life and death listening on a daily basis, build relationships to ensure that you have the right people doing the right job at the right time, and consistently make decisions that benefit both the employees of the company and the consumers that they serve.
2. Do you think leadership develops with experience? Yes. While there are definitely people who have characteristics that make it easy for others to follow them, experience is a key factor in learning how to navigate situations that you can’t prepare for, that aren’t easily solved, and that involve diverse people and personalities. Prior to getting that type of experience, many leaders lack humility, compassion, and empathy, which are all necessary in order to be leaders who transform people, companies, and communities.
3. Are there one or two experiences you look back on as having been especially valuable in helping develop your own leadership? Please briefly describe them. One day, when I was an Assistant Director, a challenging issue arose and I had to make an important decision because the Director was off-site and unavailable. So I did. When the Director returned, I explained the situation before telling her what I decided to do and asked her what should have been done. When she told me, my heart dropped because I knew that I had not made the best decision. I began to panic and wanted to back pedal and try to reverse the decision, but she refused. She simply stated that the decision I made would stand and that we would deal with whatever we had to deal with if needed. It turned out fine, but I learned two important lessons: #1 – When you are training those under you, it is important that they know it’s okay to make mistakes, and #2 – It gave me the courage that I needed to step up and make decisions instead of waiting for others to make them for me.
4. What made these experiences so valuable? It taught me that I do not need to be a perfectionist, that I needed to learn how to be okay with the outcomes of my decisions, even if it simply means needing to apologize in the end, and I learned that the support of a great leader is key in developing other great leaders.
5. Have your own views of leadership changed over time? Explain how. They have indeed! I once thought that I had to be charismatic, a great public speaker, and a fast thinker. I now know that I can be a passionate self, I can work on being a better speaker, and I can take my time to make deliberate decisions without feeling rushed. However, if a decision needs to be made quickly, I am confident that I have devised a team that are a great resource for me and that will give me the insight that I need to make the best decision possible.
6. Do you think leadership in your arena (e.g., sports, business) is much different from, or involves different pressures, then leadership in other arenas? Yes, my arena is education, and I think that the pressures I face are quite different from the pressures of those leaders with whom the bottom line is making a profit. In my arena, when making a profit is the end goal, our children suffer, and when our children suffer, the effects are long-term, both for them and for the communities in which they live and work.
7. Do you ever reflect, after the fact, about how effective your behavior was in a particular situation? Is this ever a source of new or different insights?  Please share your insights. I spend time almost every day reflecting on the decisions that I made that day, what went well, what did not, and how I could have approached things differently. I write my feelings in my journal because it is important for me to be able to evaluate how my emotions played a role in my decisions. Since I know that my emotions can be a weakness, it is important that I operate not only based on my passions but on wisdom, insight from others, and careful thought on what is best for the good of the whole, not just specific individuals.
8. What do you feel is the single most important attribute for a leader to possess? I have to agree with Simon Sinek, the most important trait of an effective leader is courage. Take a look at his 
2-minute video
 to see why.
9. Is there any advice you would give people early in their careers about leadership?  Surround yourself with people who will encourage you, mentor you, and believe in you. Take good care of yourself, never stop learning about your industry, and make sure your main goal is to have gung-ho employees and raving fan customers.

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