updated 4/26/17

Ethical Leadership Vision Assignment

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YOU MUST MAKE AT LEAST 130 ON THIS ASSIGNMENT OR YOU WILL FAIL THE COURSE, no matter what your point total is

a few examples, though they did not make 150 on this assignment

 


GOALS:honi soit motto in addition to those for the ETHICS component:

honi soit motto Core Curriculum Goal is “To better prepare students for a changing world by making sure they graduate with the flexible skills they need”honi soit motto[2A] to be leaders in our communities,”*

honi soit motto[2A1] LEADERSHIP, FIRST GOAL OF REQUIRED LEADERSHIP/ETHICS FLAG COURSES, is also the key to meeting the goals of the Basic Education Requirements: “The University strives to enroll exceptionally well-prepared, highly motivated students and to produce self-reliant graduates who will become leaders in both their chosen professions and their communities.” Leadership is also one of the six traditional core values of U.T.: (leadership; individual opportunity; discovery; learning; freedom; responsibility). Some of the others also stress leadership, such as the core value of responsibility: “As the State of Texas takes an expanding position of leadership in the world arena it depends more and more on The University to accept this responsibility and to truly be an agent for positive change.”

honi soit motto[2A1a] Goal: To express leadership in writing, especially in the leadership vision, focusing on a passion of the writer that works best FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY. (CORE PURPOSE OF U.T.)

honi soit motto[2A1b] The goal of the two formal writing assignments, ethics as well as leadership, is to know that which is greater than the ego. (Better awareness of the world beyond the ego, beyond the conscious self, is not only a characteristic of an ethical person, but also enables a leader to be open to great inspirations and to be able to tap resources far greater than those of an isolated self. )

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YOUR ASSIGNMENT: IS TO CREATE A "PRACTICE" LEADERSHIP VISION OF WHO YOU WANT TO BE AND/OR WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, A LEADERSHIP VISION  THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO PRIORITIZE YOUR CHOICES MORE EFFECTIVELY, ENABLING YOU TO SAY 'NO' TO THOSE OF LESSER IMPORTANCE, PROVIDING  YOU WITH BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT FOR THE REST OF YOUR TIME IN COLLEGE AND LATER.

It is only practice, in the sense that you can change it all tomorrow.

What is important is to learn that you can indeed create a leadership vision and begin to deal with obstacles to such visions, such as perfectionism, trying to do everything, inability to say 'no' to others, etc.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OPTIONS:


      [1] NOT A CAREER EXPLORATION ESSAY or a "MAJOR" EXPLORATION ESSAY. As in the Leadership vision assignment sponsored by successful companies in the Engineering Leadership camp, you must focus on nonprofit goals rather than how to make more money.

[2]  MUST INCLUDE A SECTION ON THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION. MUST BUILD ON, CONNECT EXPLICITLY TO, P3, especially the ending of P3, specifying exactly what practical steps will be taken to achieve the goals stated there.

          For example, if you ended P3 with a commitment to making a change in this world, obviously in P4 you need to specify excactly what change you are going to make, when, and how.

Or, if you ended P3 stating that your first step is to becomne financially stable and only afterward will go on to make the world a better place, you need to specify what "financially stable" means. What annual salary? What other financial requirements?   Then go on to estimate how long it will take to reach that stage and speify what ethical values will apply as you work to become financially stable.

 Or, if you ended with the assertion that you have now discovered the "Truth" and that it will set you free, you need to specify in P4 exactly what new freedoms you expect to have and how they will help you achieve your leadership vision. For instance, if you specify an "ideology" such as carnism as the Truth, exactly how are you going to set us free from that? how are you going to make the walls of slaughterhouses "glass," etc.

Or, if you ended with a focus on acquiring values, creating a "best self," you will need to define exactly what you mean by that, what values, what methods of achieving them, from introspection to increased emotional intelligence, to ............

DOUBLE POINTS FOR CONNECTING TO P1; TRIPLE FOR CONNECTING TO P2

[3] MUST INCUDE AT LEAST ONE CITATION FROM Discover the Leader in You

[4] MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE CITATION FROM Texas Leaders or some other source about the U.T. leaders who have gone before you

[5] MUST INCLUDE PLANS FOR THE REST OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE,

including the connections or lack of them between college ACADEMICS and your leadership vision. Need to consider your MAJOR OR DEGREE PLAN AND THE REQUIRED COURSES, BOTH LOWER DIVISION AND UPPER DIVISION: you will need to consider the relation of each and every course required by your College and your concentration or major for your leadership vision. If any of those courses seem to be simply an obstacle to you, you will need to write about how you will deal with that.  In the process you MUST  WRITE  ABOUT the relevance, if any, of the REQUIRED COURSES IN READING AND WRITING (including this one and your thesis) for your vision. FINALLY, YOU WILL NEED TO SPECIFY WHICH ASPECTS OF THIS COURSE, IF ANY, HELP YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION AND WHICH DO NOT.

[6] Must include an ACTION PLAN,

for option 1: at least 500 words and at least 350 of those words must be devoted to specific, manageable goals, starting with your college years.

Action plan checklist for option 1: (1)  stretch goals (experiments, prototypes), (2)  manageable goals (small wins, predictable successes);(3)  timelines;(4)  Must include plans for the rest of your college experience, including:(a)  relevance, if any, of the required courses in reading and writing (INCLUDING this one) for your vision; (b)   finally, you will need to specify which aspects of this course, if any, help you implement your leadership vision and which do not; (5) Must quote from the assigned readings listed at the end of these instructions

For option 2: at least 350 words and at least 175 of those words must be devoted to specific, manageable goals, starting with your college years.

[7] must include multimedia (at least two images); to include video, supply an image and the link to YouTube or whatever

[8] must end with an accurate word count of at least 1400 words (not counting quotations). When considering how much to write, remember that no deductions for errors and infelicities will be made after six pages or so.

a few examples, though they did not make 150 on this assignment


 

OPTION 1: LEADERSHIP VISION FOR A CAUSE, COMMUNITY, ORGANIZATION, ETC., FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY. Instructions for Option 1.

OPTION 2: HOW CAN I BECOME A BETTER LEADER FOR THE BENEFT OF SOCIETY? Instructions for Option 2.

OPTION 3: SOME COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE

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CHECKLIST FOR ALL OPTIONS:

a)     1400 words, accurate word count without quotations,

b)    ACTION PLAN,

for option 1: at least 500 words and at least 350 of those words must be devoted to specific, manageable goals, starting with your college years.

For option 2: at least 350 words and at least 175 of those words must be devoted to specific, manageable goals, starting with your college years.

Action plan checklist for option 1:

(1)  stretch goals (experiments, prototypes),

(2)  manageable goals (small wins, predictable successes)

 (3)  timelines.

 (4)  Must include plans for the rest of your college experience, including:

   (a)  relevance, if any, of the required courses in reading and writing (INCLUDING this one) for your vision.

(b)   finally, you will need to specify which aspects of this course, if any, help you implement your leadership vision and which do not;

(5) Must quote from the assigned readings listed at the end of these instructions

*SEE BELOW FOR MORE ABOUT  YOUR  ACTION PLAN.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OPTIONS:


      [1] NOT A CAREER EXPLORATION ESSAY. This is not just about your career but also what you might want to accomplish outside your work roles. Whatever option you choose, remember that this is not simply or even primarily a career exploration essay. Let go for now, if you can, your fears of not having already decided on one major, one job, in short, of not having planned your life.


[2] BOTH OPTIONS MUST INCLUDE PLANS FOR THE REST OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. For this essay, you MUST focus at some point on the connections or lack of them between college ACADEMICS and your leadership vision. This is especially important if you find that your extracurricular activities are the ones that are most essential for your leadership vision.

If you can make thorough and meaningful connections with ACADEMICS  and your leadership vision you will then have more motivation and a greater sense of purpose for your college experience.  If you can not make such connections you need to seriously consider dropping out at least temporarily until you can make them.

When considering ACADEMICS you will need to consider your MAJOR OR DEGREE PLAN AND THE REQUIRED COURSES, BOTH LOWER DIVISION AND UPPER DIVISION: you will need to consider the relation of each and every course required by your College and your concentration or major for your leadership vision. If any of those courses seem to be simply an obstacle to you, you will need to write about how you will deal with that. 

   In the process you MUST  WRITE  ABOUT the relevance, if any, of the REQUIRED COURSES IN READING AND WRITING (including this one and your thesis) for your vision. FINALLY, YOU WILL NEED TO SPECIFY WHICH ASPECTS OF THIS COURSE, IF ANY, HELP YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR LEADERSHIP VISION AND WHICH DO NOT.

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FOR ALL OPTIONS:

IN ANY CASE, for the final version of P4 you will need at least one QUOTE from the assigned readings listed at the end of these instructions. Double points will be awarded for citatations from more than three sources in the assigned reading below.**

P4 FOLDER

WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE FOLDER?

[1] YOUR FINAL COPY CLEARLY MARKED AS "FINAL COPY. " FORMAT: DOUBLE-SPACED, WITH A TITLE, PAGE NOS., and FOOTNOTES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGES, using the University of Chicago footnote method. LAST PAGE SHOULD PROVIDE THE WORD COUNT (both with and without quotes) .

ALSO IN THIS FOLDER SHOULD BE these and only these related materials

 

[2] The P1, P2,  and P3 rubric evaluation forms from me and the P1, P2, and P3 final essays edited by me, with my marks on the copy or -50

 

[3] A COPY OF YOUR ORIGINAL DRAFT of P4, THE ONE YOU UPLOADED TO CANVAS;

 

[4] ALL CRITIQUES YOUR COLLEAGUES MADE OF YOUR PROJECT, PUT INTO A SINGLE WORD DOCUMENT, WITH THE NAME OF THE REVIEWER and the color code AT THE TOP OF EACH CRITIQUE.

 

[5] A SECOND DRAFT WITH ALL THE CHANGES YOU MADE IN RESPONSE TO ALL THE CRITIQUES, WITH CHANGES NOW HIGHLIGHTED AND COLOR-CODED TO SHOW WHICH CHANGES WERE MADE IN RESPONSE TO TO WHICH REVIEWER, INCLUDING ANY MADE IN RESPONSE TO THE INSTRUCTOR'S CRITIQUES OF P1, P2, and P3.

 Detailed criteria for your print version here (to be turned into the instructor).

 

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HOW WILL IT BE GRADED?

_________:  up to 50 points for organized, cohesive ethical leadership vision

________   plus points for good writing, detail, insight, etc.

________ double points for connection to P2; triple for P1

______    points from the rubric categories designated for P4 (up to 150 points):

 

N.B. from the official course syllabus:

"To pass the course students must demonstrate college-level writing, complete all basic requirements of both projects, and

score at least 50% of the total for the rubrics for each project."

 

_______   subtotal

_______   deductions for not fully meeting basic requirements :

accurate word count with and without quotations, at least two images; [1]not a career exploration essay; [2] include P3 ethics goals; [3] at least one Lee citation; [4] at least one citation from alumni materials; [5] plans for rest of college, esp. role of reading and writing in vision; [6] action plan including manageable as well as stretch goals.

___        deductions from other rubric categories

______  deductions for items missing from folder:

_______  *total out of 200

________ cumulative total       

 

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*MORE ABOUT THE ACTION PLAN:

Stretch goals move the individual or the organization forward toward the vision. They are almost impossible (but not quite), big, bold leaps into the future. They draw not only on your passion but your ability to think outside the box, beyond your comfort zone. Nevertheless, if possible, they should have specific timelines, with objective assessment indicators for accomplishment: dates, numbers, percentages, new services, etc.

Manageable goals are more attainable milestones that encourage you with quick wins, enabling the individual or organization to stay motivated, engaged, and propelled by a growing sense of confidence. Defined action plans and strategies for success, they are specific, measureable, realistic, and possible. Each manageable goal should begin with a first step, proceed with specific tasks, identify resources needed, and set a deadline or timeline.  In your specification of timeline and dates, especially your first- step tasks, begin with your first year of college. Your first important decision may well be whether to stay in college or to leave to implement your leadership vision. Many famous leaders have left college early or skipped college altogether. To decide where you should follow that path you will need to consider how, if at all, college relates to your passion and leadership vision.  See above: “MUST INCLUDE PLANS FOR THE REST OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE”

 


**BONUS POINTS FOR QUOTES FROM:

Online: Leadership   the new curriculum

Relevant selections from How Can I Help?

Anthology:

MBA Ethics Oath

Sisodia, Ethical Capitalism

Cox, Ethics in Business Education

CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The Starfish Story

Local Protestors

POLITICS

Humane Slaughter Act

California, Iowa

ACTION PLAN EXAMPLES, from P.E.T.A

Creating a Group

Ten Actions

Protect Companion Animals

Protect Laboratory Animals

Stop School Vivisection

 

Revenge of the Right Brain

U. T. Core Values

Perfectionism

Scallop Shell Symbolism

Motivation

Goal Setting

Covey,  Personal Planning System, from Eighth Habit

Overcoming Procrastination; Design Your Own Procrastination Plan

Covey, Principled Leadership

Service Orientation, Law of Love, Seek first to Understand; Focusing on that which is greater than the ego 1Conscience, Character Left Brain/Right Brain

Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

The Whole-Person Paradigm, incl. Spiritual Intelligence; Compassion and Conscience; Ethos, Pathos, Logos; Character

Newman, The Idea of a University, Discourses 5-7

Giametti, Yale Freshman Address

Brickley, “Value of the Liberal Arts”

History for Dollars

Well-Rounded Docs

Leadership, EQ, and Both Sides of the Brain

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 Detailed criteria for your online version here.

LOOKING AHEAD:

 Detailed criteria for your print version here (to be turned into the instructor).

 


Writing Center: I strongly encourage you to use the Undergraduate Writing Center, FAC 211, 471-6222). The Undergraduate Writing Center offers free, individualized, expert help with writing for any UT undergraduate, by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Any undergraduate enrolled in a course at UT can visit the UWC for assistance with any writing project. They work with students from every department on campus, for both academic and non-academic writing. Whether you are writing a lab report, a resume, a term paper, a statement for an application, or your own poetry, UWC consultants will be happy to work with you. Their services are not just for writing with "problems." Getting feedback from an informed audience is a normal part of a successful writing project. Consultants help students develop strategies to improve their writing. The assistance they provide is intended to foster independence. Each student determines how to use the consultant's advice. The consultants are trained to help you work on your writing in ways that preserve the integrity of your work.


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