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CLA 2 Comprehensive Learning Assessment – CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 4, CLO 6, CLO 7

Write and develop an APA formatted, 4 to 6-page paper that includes:

  • Introduction
  • Explanation of the three to four of the most important leadership concepts you have learned in this course.   Use examples from your own experience and use research along with in-text citations that provide a foundation of validity to your analysis.
  • A detailed personal Leadership Improvement plan.  Identify the key elements of your plan to strengthen your practice of leadership (e.g., what, when, how, resources, and so forth). 
  • Conclusion

*Please refer to the Grading Criteria for Comprehensive Learning Assessments (CLAs) in the University Policies for specific guidelines and expectations.

BUS 500 Organizational Leadership


Joan Adriana,

Tatsiana Yanutsevich

Jinjie Gou

Kayla(Xueyao) Dong

Leadership Concepts

Refer to factors that leaders consider when applying leadership styles and supervising individual teams

These concepts focus on thoughts and perceptions about the traits and characteristics that leaders should possess and how should they behave and perform in leadership role

The concept of leadership helps professionals understand what skills and character traits need to develop in order to make progress in their leadership role

Powerful Traits Of Successful Leaders

Desired Characteristics of a Leader


Forward – looking



Must-have traits

Being An Effective Communicator

Being Accountable And Responsible

Setting Clear Goals And Encouraging the team to Achieve Them

Having A Vision For The Future

Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy built on the belief that the primary purpose of leaders is to focus on the growth, needs, and the well-being of the team instead of his / her own personal success.

Kobe Bryant as an example of servant leadership:

Kobe put his best interest to other people by making sure that they all go far together. He once said, “ The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

Kobe will do anything to make sure that their team is winning even by not playing in the fields. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench, waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting a game-winning shot”(Hays & Prosser, 2020)

Servant Leadership

Characteristic Traits:


Empower team to achieve goals as a team. Help managing, strategizing, and planning for the team / organization as a whole

Committed to other people’s growth

Leader help other people to achieve their goals and develop their potential and skills to the maximum ability

Building community

Leaders create a safe space for people to connect as they work together to achieve a common goal

“Tequila-Fueled” Leadership?

Characteristic Traits:


"The '90s and early 2000s were the 'I' decade – iPhone, the iPod. The next decade is the 'We' decade. If you look closely, we're already in a revolution" (Wiedeman, 2020).

Positive, upbeat and energetic

"Entitled, frat-boy culture," toxic work environment, where dance parties were more common than meetings (Bates, 2020).

The “smartest guy” in the team

"Feeling threatened or intimidated at the prospect of leading someone smarter" (Pierce, 2020).

Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

Laws of Leadership (Kouzes & Posner, 2017):

If you don’t believe in the messenger, you won’t believe in the message.

DWYSYWD: Do What You Say You Will Do

Leadership Improvement Plan

Thousands of Instagram influencers and coaches have ready-made pieces of advice and solutions for leaders – look for questions first.

Picture: Instagram


Leadership Improvement Plan

5 Steps to become a Servant Leadership

Understand what other people wants as their goals and help other people to grow professionally

Intentionally spend one on one time with your team to connect with them in both personal and professional level

Build a sense of community through team activities such as lunch or retreat

Develop trust between teams by always being honest, accessible, dependable and open

Always recognize other people’s work through affirmation, validation or appreciation

Envision the Future –

“Inspirational Leadership”

Definition: Inspirational Leadership is about energizing and creating a sense of direction and purpose for employees and excitement and momentum for change.


Gates worked tirelessly to build Microsoft and ensure its leadership pace in an increasingly competitive market. It wasn’t until 2014 that Gates stepped down as Chairman only to remain active as a technology advisor.

Today, Microsoft generates nearly $100 billion annually in revenue and employs 120,000 people worldwide.

Envision the Future –

“Inspirational Leadership”

“All innovation begins with creative ideas. Successful implementation of new programs, new product introductions, or new services depends on a person or a team having a good idea and developing that idea beyond its initial state” (Amabile, Conti, Coon, Lazenby, & Herron, 1996).

“Concern for implementation has generated interest in linking business and corporate strategy concepts with those associated with human resource planning specifically, matching managers to strategies” (Szilagyi & Schweiger, 1984).

Leadership Improvement Plan

Influencer gives leadership coaching to their followers.

4 Action Plans

1. Spend the time to get to know their employees

2. Improve communication through daily exercise

3. Think from each other's point of view

4. Know how to praise and celebrate employees


Understanding leadership concepts in the workplace. Indeed Career Guide. (2021, February 22). Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/leadership-concepts.

Patel, D. (2021, December 10). 11 powerful traits of successful leaders. Forbes. Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/deeppatel/2017/03/22/11-powerful-traits-of-successful-leaders/?sh=803844e469fc.

Wiedeman, R. (2020). Billion dollar loser: the epic rise and spectacular fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge (6th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

Wiedeman, R. (2020). Billion dollar loser: the epic rise and spectacular fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork (First edition.). Little, Brown and Company.


Pierce, A. (2020, January 8). Looking at 2020: 3 lessons leaders can learn from the fall of former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, according to a millennial success coach. Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/lessons-leaders-learn-fall-wework-ceo-adam-neumann-millennial-success-coach?international=true&r=US&IR=T#lesson-3-dont-be-afraid-to-hire-people-smarter-than-you-3

Amabile, T. M., Conti, R., Coon, H., Lazenby, J., & Herron, M. (1996). Assessing the Work Environment

for Creativity. The Academy of Management Journal, 39(5), 1154–1184. https://doi.org/10.2307/256995

Szilagyi, A. D., & Schweiger, D. M. (1984). Matching Managers to Strategies: A Review and Suggested

Framework. The Academy of Management Review, 9(4), 626–637. https://doi.org/10.2307/258486