B. Begin working on your topic
1. My topic: (keep it brief, e.g. Delegation in Leadership)
2. Working knowledge from reference sources:
Title of Wikipedia article(s) used: (e.g. “Delegation”) "Servant Leadership"
○ A more formal reference source.: Use http://libguides.twu.ca/ as a guide to locate such sources. No journal articles or websites.
Title of source used: (e.g. Encyclopedia of Leadership): Encyclopedia of Management Theory: "Servant Leadership"
Summary in 8-10 lines of the most important facts/features of the topic:
Servant Leadership was first described by Robert Greenleaf in 1970 in his book, Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. This view argues that it is the role of a leader to serve rather than to dominate. Serving brings benefit both to the employees and to the organization as a whole. While the concept of servant leadership has been found in leaders throughout history, notably in Jesus, this role, as described by Greenleaf, is very well suited to today's organizations where having an empowered workforce makes the organization stronger and more able to adapt to changing conditions. Servant leaders find a deep level of commitment among their workers. Despite the fact that servant leadership was described in 1970, it is still viewed as a fairly new theory, and not everyone in the leadership community is convinced that it is a useful form of leadership. Further research is needed to demonstrate its effectiveness.
Which source – Wikipedia or the more formal source - offers the best information? Why? Both sources covered the topic quite well, though the formal reference source went into more detail and generally provided stronger coverage.
A well done assignment will include the following features:
1. Answers to the initial questions that show understanding and insight into the issues involved.
2. Choice of a topic that shows good likelihood of being researchable
3. Good choice of Wikipedia article and more formal reference source that address the topic well.
4. Summary is clear, covers the topic well, and summarizes rather than arguing a case.
5. Clear choice of which source offers the best information and explanation of why.