leadership development plan for yourself 


The critical thinking element


We want you to be very comfortable with questioning everything you read and hear.

Anyone can remember facts and state other people’s views but a far more useful skill is to critically review what you read and hear and decide for yourself how reliable, accurate, applicable, contemporary, objective and fair it is.


In this report, your assessor will value the fact that you are able to see both benefits and deficiencies in a particular theory. Make sure you look through the critical thinking exercises in the course site to get a clear understanding of critical thinking!


How many references should I cite? ( at least 6 )


There is no right answer to this question because it all depends on what you write in your report. Some statements you make in your report will certainly need a reference to support them.


So, to determine how many references you need to cite, first (as described in the report writing tutorial) draw a mind map of ideas to go into your report and for each idea try to link it to a reference source.



How will the report be marked?


Your lecturers have already created a marking rubric that will be used to award you a mark out of 50 as the report comprises 50 of the overall 100 marks available in this course.


The rubric is reproduced over the page and will be used as a way of providing feedback to you on how you performed.

The most important thing about the rubric is that it DEFINES what you will be marked on. If you include additional material that is not mentioned in the rubric it will not attract any marks, if you forget to write about something listed in the rubric, you’ll lose marks.

So the rubric is like a “contract” between you and your lecturer. Following the rubric clearly is your best strategy for a good result


1.     Explore the Central Michigan University competencies model

2.     Identify you current strengths and weaknesses as a leader (or potential leader) within the context of the CMU

3.     –Review the leadership theories explored in this course and describe how they relate to you and your leadership development (again in the context of the CMU model)

4.     –Create a leadership development plan

5.     –Seek feedback on your plan from an established leader. This leader can be anyone you know who holds a leadership position in an organisation

6.     –Describe how you have incorporated this leader’s feedback into your plan

7.     –Describe how you will achieve the developments set out in your plan

8.     –Describe how you will evaluate whether or not you have reached the level of development set out in your plan

Word limit: 2500 words (not including your reference list or any appendices you may wish to attach)


Do this personality test and and base the report on it and include test results into appendix !

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