Developing and Leading People Individual Assignment
Individual presentation and briefing paper
Assignment length: Question 1: 1500 word written
Question 2: 20 minute presentation slide with note 1500 words
Consider how the current challenges and context of an organisation you know well, drives the need to focus on leadership or management, or both – using your answer to draw out the differences and similarities between leadership and management.
Format: Written briefing paper 1,500 words max
Weighting: 50% of this assessment
Critically analyse whether your chosen organisation is delivering the requirements of leadership and / or management discussed in question 1, using your answer to identify elements of good practice and areas for improvement.
Format: Presentation (20 minutes – 8-10 slides)
1500 Words max
Weighting: 50% of this assessment
Consider how the current challenges and context of an organisations you know well, drives the need to focus on leadership or management, or both – using your answer to draw out the differences and similarities between leadership and management. (50%)
1.1: A range of definitions of leadership and management, with critical analysis of the literature to say which applies most to their organisation
• Definitions of Leadership then critically evaluate
• Definitions of Management then critically evaluate
2. Main Body
1.2 An understanding of how the current context of the organisation (challenges, development stage, market position etc) drives the need to focus on leadership and / or management
– Discussion of leadership theory in the context of the organisation
– (include the most relevant of the 7 frameworks)
– Discussion of management theory in the context of the organisation
– (consider including Fayol / Mintzberg / Theory X/Y etc)
– Challenges of leading / managing individuals
1.3 Identification and comparison of the areas of difference and similarity for leadership and management in both theory and in their organisation
– Identify differences between leadership and management in theory AND in your organisation
– Identify similarities between leadership and management in theory AND in your organisation
1.4 Reach a conclusion in answer to the question
– Clearly state your answer to the question about the organisation’s current need for leadership; or management; or both; and justify your answer.
How does this link to literature?
Critically analyse whether your chosen organisation is delivering the requirements of leadership and / or management discussed in question 1, using your answer to identify elements of good practice and areas for improvement. (50%) this is a presentation
2.1 Critical analysis as to whether leaders are leading or managing
• What activities are your leaders undertaking: are they showing leadership as defined in question 1; or are they actually carrying out more management related activity. Is this what the organisation requires?
2.2 Critical analysis as to whether managers are managing or also leading
• Are managers carrying out the traditionally defined management roles, or are they also acting as leaders, and is this what the organisation requires?
2.3 Critical analysis of the structure of the organisation
• Is the organisation you have described structured in a way to meet the leadership and management challenges you have described in question 1?
2.4 Critical analysis of the roles in the organisation
• Are the job roles in the organisation relevant to addressing the challenges of leadership / management described in question 1?
2.5 What is your organisation doing well (good practice) in terms of the leadership / management requirements identified in question 1?
2.6 Are there any areas for improvement (Structure / job roles / styles etc) to meet the need for leadership and management
• There’s lots of possible material … so it’s a challenge to fit within the word-count.
• The amount of content should roughly mirror the weighting of the questions.
• If you find you are listing/describing material, put it in the appendices.
Students should demonstrate the ability to critically analyse the models and the relevance to their organisation.
Application to the organisation
Critical analysis rather than repeating / regurgitating
• Powerpoint Slides (8-10)
• Write in the Notes section
• You can access these either under Normal View Tab at the bottom, or the View Tab / Notes Page in the Tools Bar
Background / introduction
(see note below; if this precedes Q1, it will not be included in the word-count)
QUESTION 1 : 50% = max 1500 words
words QUESTION 2: 50% = max 20 minute presentation (8-10 slides)
Appendices for assignment / notes for presentation (unlimited .. but relevant!)
In this assignment we are looking at your ability to understand and effectively use the academic material covered in the lectures, supporting material and wider reading; and in particular your ability to apply this to your organisation and critique in terms of its leadership and management.
The word count & presentation time are both limited, for a potentially wide ranging subject – so you will have to write in an effective and efficient way.
The questions are linked, so anything in the Background / Introduction does not need to be repeated, but can be cross referenced. Similarly the answer to question 2: is based on your answer to Question 1; so again use cross-referencing rather than repetition.
For the written brief (Q1): use appendices, as they are not included in the word-count. In general, if material is descriptive, then this should be placed in the appendix, with a brief reference in the main answer.
Similarly for the presentation (Q2): use handouts/notes for detailed material rather than trying to put everything onto a PowerPoint presentation.
REFERENCING: APA 7th edition
The following have been built into the teaching schedule and included in Brightspace to provide you with a range of resources and materials to draw upon:
Weeks 1: teaching material and additional in class handouts
Weeks 1 Collated group work – captured under the appropriate week in Brightspace
Week 1: In-class discussion and formative feedback on the setting, context and indicative content of your Assignment
Brightspace Lecture materials plus additional articles – organised by week
Dedicated Assignment Resources area on Brightspace
Rees G and French R (2016) Leading Managing and Developing People, London, CIPD publishing
In addition, the tutor will be available to discuss your work during office hours, and formative feedback on drafts will be provided – details of this will be covered during the lectures.
The assignment will be assessed using the CIPD’s ‘BAKUP’ criteria, as follows:
- Business Orientation
- Application capability
- Knowledge of subject
- Understanding demonstrated
- Persuasion & Presentation
Your tutor will discuss these criteria in greater detail, and the attached appendix identifies indicative content for the (pass, merit & distinction).grade levels
Performance against CIPD ‘BAKUP’ Criteria:
Fail (under 30)
Refer (30- 50)
Pass ( 50 – 59)
Merit (60 – 69)
Shows no understanding of concepts and little organisation
Shows little understanding of key concepts, requirements
Little definition or organisation of information
Shows basic understanding of theories, concepts, issues surrounding a topic,
Some definition of terms & topic analysis using models
Provides definition & analysis of topic and issues
Some appreciation of complexity of topic
Identifies models and provides rationale for use
Provides detailed critical analysis of the issues.
Appreciates & manages complexities of a topic.
Uses multiple perspectives & models appropriately, with justification
Business issues not considered
Lack of appreciation of the wider business issues to be addressed
Identifies problems, barriers and issues within organisational environment
Presents some analysis of the wider context of a topic.
Identifies limits of available information & identifies further requirements
Detailed evaluation of the implications of wider context. Evaluates limits of information within situation and reviews options to supplement information.
Does not show awareness of which models might be applied
Shows limited awareness of models
Does not apply these adequately
Uses some models, concepts or benchmarking for analysis of a topic and draws key conclusions for application
Appropriate use of models, benchmarks demonstrating systematic use information to draw conclusions.
Aware of limits of application in context, some recommendations as appropriate.
Shows original, comprehensive evaluation of information thorough & realistic analysis.
Effective application in given context with justified & appropriate recommendations
Knowledge of subject
Demonstration of knowledge inadequate
Little information presented
Limited knowledge demonstrated.
Lack of information included on which to base analysis
Shows basic knowledge of subject with some supporting information & research
Knowledge of subject supported by external respected sources. Limitations of knowledge recognised
Current and well-researched information included
Critiqued with realistic appreciation of complexity
Required academic structure lacking
Not persuasive presentation
Poor structure & use of information
Poor spelling, grammar and/or referencing
Limited attempt to analyse or persuade
Presents information clearly
Uses format required
Correct spelling, grammar & referencing
Persuades through written means
Clear and succinct presentation
Appropriate use of format
Good spelling, grammar & referencing
Persuasively presented with supporting information
Presents information purposefully to add value.
Good professional presentation.
Persuasive communication in any proposal, fully supported