Leadership and Problem Solving
Identify 1 individual in the community (campus, neighborhood, place of worship, non-profit, etc.) who you think exemplifies an organizational “problem-solver” and schedule a meeting (for safety, virtual is recommended). Formulate your questions in advance. In your interview, try to gain a greater understanding of the person’s roles, how they view leadership/problem-solving, and then expand on how these individuals carry out their practice. Please note that this paper should not take Q&A form but be a well-written, well-formed analysis essay integrating course readings. Details will be provided. Length (does not include cover or references): ~8 pages. Please include, at a minimum, the following in the paper: Please provide some information about the people you interviewed. For example, professional/educational background, current role, leadership practice, why you chose this person, and/or information about the organization for which he/she works. Explain to your interviewee a bit about the key elements of the course that resonate with you most or challenge you most – what advice does this person have for you given their experiences? (you will cite readings here) How does this person approach trying to influence change in their professional context? What works? What would he/she caution you against? Which elements of our course connect here? (you will cite readings here) How/where does this person find motivation to/for change and for leadership? Explain some of the leadership concepts we have discussed – which makes sense for them/reflects them? (you will cite readings here) How does this person think about the link between personal change, organizational change, and social change? You might have to explain some of what we have discussed in class. (you will cite readings here) What is this person’s philosophy on problem-solving? You might have to explain some of what we have discussed in class. (you will cite readings here) How would this person describe “good” leadership and his/her own approach to it? Do they have an opinion on “leader” v. “leadership”? How so? (you will cite readings here) What general advice do they have for you re: leadership and organizational problem-solving? How does the interview connect with themes studied in this course? Please be specific and share examples. (you will cite readings here).