Compare and contrast the various leadership styles and evaluate how such styles can impact employee performance.

– Organizational Psychology
Week 4 Report
This Assessment is worth 10% of your grade.
Deadline
Due by the end of Week 4 at 11:59 pm, ET.
Completing this Assessment will help you to meet the following:
Course Outcomes
• Compare and contrast the various leadership styles and evaluate how such styles can impact employee performance.
Directions
This week you will complete a report consisting of a narrative of at least 750 words in length and a corresponding table. In this report you will examine leadership styles and explore how these styles can impact employee performance and job satisfaction.
In completing the table and accompanying narrative, the information provided in this week’s lecture will be particularly helpful. You should also conduct your own research using outside scholarly sources. Your outside sources must be cited in APA format, with a reference list provided at the end of your narrative.
To begin, fill in the table provided in Appendix A of this document (starting on page 5). As you complete the table, consider using bullet points to help you separate and organize information. Each row of the table represents a different leadership style. There are seven leadership styles. One leadership style has been given to you in the table as an example. For each row, please do the following within the table in your own words:
• Select a leadership style for each row and fill in the leadership style cell with its name.
• Briefly define and describe the leadership style.
o In your description, make sure to detail any important identifying characteristics of the leadership style.
• Explain how the leadership style positivley and/or negatively impacts employees’ performance and job satisfaction.
o When considering employee performance, you might reflect on these questions: Are employees generally effective under this leadership style? Do they tend to provide quality work? Are they efficient? Do they perform their required tasks? Do they go above and beyond what is required or asked?
o Job satisfaction refers to whether employees like their job or individual facets of their job.
As noted, the transformational leadership row has been completed for you as an example. From this row, you can see that the “leadership style” cell is filled in with the name of the leadership style. The “definition/brief description” cell highlights some of the important aspects and characteristics of the leadership style. Finally, the “impacts on employees’ performance/job satisfaction” cell details the ways that the leadership style tends to affect employee performance and satisfaction in the workplace.
Once you have completed the table, write a narrative at least 750 words in length in which you address the following prompts. Be sure to also include introduction and conclusion paragraphs.
• Identify and explain any key similarities and differences you notice across the leadership styles in your table. Compare and contrast the leadership styles in your table.
• Describe your most recent boss or supervisor.
o Label your most recent boss/supervisor’s leadership style by selecting one or more of the styles described in your table. Justify your rationale by giving examples of things your boss/supervisor did or said and explain how they showed a particular leadership style.
o Assess what impact your boss/supervisor’s leadership style had on your performace and job satisfaction.
• Finally, select and defend which leadership style you think is best for a boss or supervisor to have in the workplace.
Your report (table and narrative) should be submitted as a Word Document. A template for the organization of your narrative is provided below the table in Appendix A of this document (beginning on page 5).
PSYC310 Report Grading Rubric
Criteria Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Needs Improvement Points
Table Content
45 points 40 – 45 points
Entire table is completed with correct details in every cell. Leadership styles are correctly identified. For each leadership style, an accurate definition/description is provided and there is thorough explanation of how the leadership style positively and/or negatively impacts employees’ performance and job satisfaction.
27 – 39 points
The majority of cells in the table are completed with correct details. Leadership styles are correctly identified. Mostly accurate information is provided to define/describe each leadership style and to explain how the leadership style positively and/or negatively impacts employees’ performance and job satisfaction. However, certain cells would benefit from additional detail and/or clarity. There may be a few cells completed incorrectly. 0 – 26 points
Leadership styles identified/included may be incorrect. Few of the cells in the table are filled in accurately, cells are filled in completely, but details are inaccurate, or table is left blank.
Narrative
45 points 40 – 45 points
The narrative fully describes key similarities/differences between leadership styles. The narrative identifies leadership style of most recent boss and explains in detail how this style impacted job performance and satisfaction. A thorough explanation of the best leadership style is also evident. The narrative is well reasoned, offers supporting details, and exemplifies higher-level thinking. 27 – 39 points
The narrative briefly describes similarities/differences between leadership styles. The narrative touches upon leadership style of most recent boss and highlights a few ways this style impacted job performance and satisfaction. An explanation of the best leadership style is somewhat evident. However, there are places where supporting details or examples are lacking. Parts of the analysis show evidence of higher-level thinking and a basic understanding of leadership styles. 0 – 26 points
The narrative is incomplete, lacking significant detail, or contains irrelevant or inaccurate information on key similarities/differences between leadership styles. The narrative does not clearly identify leadership style of most recent boss and/or how this style impacted job performance and satisfaction. An explanation of the best leadership style is not evident.
Grammar and Spelling
10 points 9 – 10 points
The visual organization of information in the cells of the table is easy to follow, with spaces or bullet points separating details. The written narrative follows a logical and clear pattern of development. There are 3 or fewer errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation. 7 – 8 points
The visual organization of information in the cells in the table can be followed with minimal difficulty. Some attempt is made to separate details in each cell. Most of the written narrative follows a logical and clear pattern of development. There are minimal errors (4-6) in spelling and grammar. The errors do not cloud the meaning of the message. 0 – 6 points
The visual organization of information in the cells in the table is difficult to follow. No attempt is made to separate details in each cell. The written narrative does not follow a logical and clear pattern of development. The organization of the narrative makes reading difficult and confusing. There are more than 6 errors in spelling and grammar. Errors cloud the meaning of the message.
Instructor Comments: Total Points:
Appendix A – Table and Narrative Template
Leadership Style Definition/Brief Description Impacts on Employees’ Performance/Job Satisfaction
Transformational Leadership • Transformational leadership is when the leader transforms their employees by appealing to their beliefs. The leader attempts to link employees’ sense of self to company mission, vision, and values.
• A transformational leader is inspirational, leads by example, and works together with employees to identify problems and promote change within an organization. • Transformational leaders positively impact employees’ performance because they are motivated to be a part of the solution to something that needs to be changed or addressed within the organization.
• Employees tend to be satisfied with this kind of leadership because they feel valued and trusted, and are given individual attention through motivational and inspirational words.
**Start Narrative Here**
Title
Name
Introduction
Brief overview of what you will be talking about in the body of the narrative. Should be approximately one paragraph (5 sentences).
Body Paragraphs
In your own words:
• Identify and explain any key similarities and differences you notice across the leadership styles in your table. Compare and contrast the leadership styles in your table.
• Describe your most recent boss or supervisor.
o Label your most recent boss/supervisor’s leadership style by selecting one or more of the styles described in your table. Justify your rationale by giving examples of things your boss/supervisor did or said and explain how they showed a particular leadership style.
o Assess what impact your boss/supervisor’s leadership style had on your performace and job satisfaction.
• Finally, select and defend which leadership style you think is best for a boss or supervisor to have in the workplace.
**Remember, each paragraph should have 3-5 sentences**
Conclusion
Summarize and restate main points. Again, approximately one paragraph (5 sentences).