Do you believe you have the traits to be an effective leader?

Discussion 2: Your Leadership Profile

Do you believe you have the traits to be an effective leader? Perhaps you are already in a supervisory role, but as has been discussed previously, appointment does not guarantee leadership skills. 

How can you evaluate your own leadership skills and behaviors? You can start by analyzing your performance in specific areas of leadership. In this Discussion, you will complete Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment. This assessment will identify your personal strengths, which have been shown to improve motivation, engagement, and academic self-conference. Through this assessment, you will discover your top five themes—which you can reflect upon and use to leverage your talents for optimal success and examine how the results relate to your leadership traits.

To Prepare:

To take the Assessment, visit http://walden.gallup.com. Using the Guidance Document Resource(s) for the Strengths Finder assessment, follow the instructions for setting up an account. If the link does not work, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

Please Note:  This Assessment will take roughly 30 minutes to complete.

· Once you have completed your assessment, you will receive your “Top 5 Signature Themes of Talent” on your screen.

· Click the Download button below Signature Theme Report, and then print and save the report. We also encourage you to select the Apply tab to review action items.

NOTE: Please keep your report. You will need your results for future courses. Technical Issues with Gallup:

If you have technical issues after registering, please contact the Gallup Education Support group by phone at +1.866-346-4408. Support is available 24 hours/day from 6:00 p.m. Sunday U.S. Central Time through 5:00 p.m. Friday U.S. Central Time.

· Reflect on the results of your Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.

By Day 3 of Week 5

Post a brief description of your results from the StrengthsFinder assessment. Then, briefly describe two core values, two strengths, and two characteristics that you would like to strengthen based on the results of your StrengthsFinder assessment. Be specific.

Mellisa’s Strengths assessment

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Mellisa – What makes you unique? Go learn more about your top Strengths below.

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STRENGTH

1

Empathy

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

2

Positivity

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

3

Developer

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

4

Discipline

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EXECUTING

People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

5

Connectedness

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

Excellent
Main Posting45 (45%) – 50 (50%)Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.  Supported by at least three current, credible sources. Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.
Main Post: Timeliness10 (10%) – 10 (10%)Posts main post by day 3.
First Response17 (17%) – 18 (18%)Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.  Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.  Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.  Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.  Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.
Second Response16 (16%) – 17 (17%)Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. Responds fully to questions posed by faculty.  Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.  Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.  Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.
Participation5 (5%) – 5 (5%)Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.

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