Leadership Presentation: Samuel Moore Walton


The best way to become a successful leader is to work for such a person and learn from the experience. In this exercise you will have a chance to read and learn about a successful leader. Working in groups, your assignment is to read about a successful leader in business today and present that person to the class in a 20 minute presentation. Share a copy of your presentation with the instructor and class. Pick the names of four (4) leaders you would like to present to the class. Submit the list to me by Oncourse email by Friday of the first week of class. I will pick one name from that list for your group presentation. You will find the presentation schedule under the Oncourse Syllabus menu tab.

Steps to follow:

1. Your group needs to email me by the end of week one of the semester four (4) choices of leaders that they are willing to research and present (by Friday at 11:00 pm). Indicate the name of your group in the message line of the email.
2. Perform an Internet search for information about your chosen business leader.
3. Share materials with the class and instructor before your presentation:

  1. Notify me by e-mail by the end of week one week of four choices of leaders that you would be willing to present. I will respond. This is to prevent two groups presenting the same leader.
  2. Submit your presentation by placing a copy in the Resources folder created for that purpose no later than 1:00 pm the day of your presentation. The Resources tab is on the left side of the Oncourse class menu.
  3. Share your presentation with the class by emailing the class a copy no later than 1:00 pm the day of your presentation by using Oncourse Messages.

When sharing files use the following file naming protocol:

(<Group Name>_<Section number>_<Leader Name>_<Date of presentation>)

For example if your group is Group A in the afternoon class and you wanted to share your presentation and article, here is how they would be named.

Group A_Section 26801ChuckMartin_10_26_06

4 Create and do an in-class presentation. The content of your presentation should address six areas:
  1. Summarize the person as a leader,
  2. Traits of a leader. Critically analyze the person for leadership traits. See trait theory, page 466.
  3. Ethics of the leader. Critically analyze the person’s leadership from the perspective of the Magnificent Seven: General Moral Principles in learning module A (page 25).
  4. Leadership style. Critically analyze the person’s leadership style. See Behavioral Styles Theory, page 470.
  5. Transformational Leadership. Assess how the leader’s behavior affects followers and work groups using the Transformational Model of Leadership, beginning on page 479.
  6. Working for a successful leader. Chapter 16 describes (see page 489) steps for a follower to manage a leader-follower relationship. Also search the Internet for tips on who to work for a leader. Also, I have provided you with Internet research links under the Tools Menu on Oncourse. Imagine yourself working for this person, using all the material you have gathered, explain how what you would develop and maintain a relationship with such a leader as the person you have presented.

Coverage of each of the topics should begin with an explanation of the details of how the theory operates, then introduce your leader and explain how your leader does or does not exemplify leadership according to the theory being covered. When you are explaining how your leader exemplifies leadership according to the theory in question, make sure you include examples and connect the examples to the theory. Making unconnected statements will not suffice.

Verbal Explanation: For each of the above areas in your presentation support your statements and the points that appear on your slides with verbal explanation. What I means is briefly, clearly, and completely describe then explain, in your own words what you want the audience to know. Talk to the audience so that they know what you want them to understand. What they see on the screen should be consistent with what you are talking about. Do not read the slides to the audience, rather explain the material. Again, when in doubt explain things to the audience. Assume the audience does not know what you want them to understand - you are there to explain and clarify.

6. Lead a Class Discussion by asking the class one or more interesting questions and promoting discussion.

I would anticipate that you would spend approximately 20 minutes presenting your material to the class, plus time for discussion. I plan on having available a computer equipped with PowerPoint, and a screen so that we can show your presentation.

Referencing:. In the body and on the last slide of your presentation give credit to the sources of your presentation. Follow APA guidelines which can be found at: http://www.ius.edu/WritingCenter/APA_Guide.cfm**.** The quality of your references is important. Quality will be determined by the number of references you cite, as well as their depth and breadth. In general, 10 + distinct references are expected. If you have less than 7 references, you probably will not be satisfied with your grade in this area.




LEADERS IN BUSINESS PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION EVALUATION FORM
Your evaluation will be strictly confidential and will not be seen by other students.

Students Names:
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Criteria
Standards
A = Exact; B = Minor variations; C = Some; D = Numerous; F = Extensive
A
Weight *

B
Ratings =
C
Points

Followed Directions



Notified Instructor of selection
Notified me of your selection
1


File Naming and Sharing
Followed file naming convention for presentation & summary as instructed

Used Resource folder and email as instructed
1


Referencing
Properly referenced sources in the body and on the last page of presentation. Follow APA guidelines
1



Subtotal for Directions
3



Quality of Internet Research




To get full credit you need to reference your research




Subtotal for Quality of Internet Research
6



Presentation Dynamics



On time
Group (G) ended presentation within 30 seconds of time limit
1


Technology:
Group (G) effectively used technology
1


Graphics:
Group (G) Graphics were readable and of a high quality
1


Questions
Group (G) asked good questions and provoked good class discussion
4


Articulation
Presenter (P ): voice was clear & articulate
1


Pauses
Presenter (P ): used pauses effectively to direct attention
1


Dress
Presenter (P ): dressed appropriately for a business audience
3


Eye Contact
Presenter (P ): good eye contact
1


Conversational Style
Presenter (P ): conversational style
1


Gestures
Presenter (P ): effectively used gestures and physical movement
1


Prepared
Presenter (P ): well prepared
3


Knowledgeable
Presenter (P ): appeared to be knowledgeable
1


Enthusiastic
Presenter (P ): enthusiastic
1



Subtotal for Presentation Dynamics
15



Class Discussion



Questions
Students asked good questions and provoked good discussion in class.
4








Summary of the Person as a Leader

4



Provide the class with a general overview of the person so that they have a context for what you will be talking about. For example, the overview might include information such as what the leader is best know for, the leaders background, historical times, industry, character etc.









Traits

Traits of the Leader





Using Trait Theory, analyze the leader from the perspective of leadership traits





Operation of theory
Presenter (P ): presented definitions, concepts, & explained how theory operates. Explanation was done in a technically correct manner.
2



Leader Exemplifies theory
Presenter (P ): explained how leader does or does not exemplifies leadership according to the theory being covered.
1



Examples:
Presenter (P ): used appropriate, relevant examples.
1



Subtotal for Traits
4







From an ethics perspective






How does the leader stack up against the Magnificent Seven?




Operation of theory
Presenter (P ): presented definitions, concepts, & explained how theory operates. Explanation was done in a technically correct manner.
2



Leader Exemplifies theory
Presenter (P ): explained how leader does or does not exemplifies leadership according to the theory being covered.
1



Examples:
Presenter (P ): used appropriate, relevant examples.
1




Subtotal for Ethics
4









Leadership Style
Using Behavior Styles Leadership theory, what is the leader’s style?




Operation of theory
Presenter (P ): presented definitions, concepts, & explained how theory operates. Explanation was done in a technically correct manner.
2



Leader Exemplifies theory
Presenter (P ): explained how leader does or does not exemplifies leadership according to the theory being covered.
1



Examples:
Presenter (P ): used appropriate, relevant examples.
1




Subtotal for Style
4










Using Transformational Leadership theory, assess how the leader’s behavior affects followers and work groups.




Operation of theory
Presenter (P ): presented definitions, concepts, & explained how theory operates. Explanation was done in a technically correct manner.
2



Leader Exemplifies theory
Presenter (P ): explained how leader does or does not exemplifies leadership according to the theory being covered.
1



Examples:
Presenter (P ): used appropriate, relevant examples.
1




Subtotal for Transformational Leadership
4









On Being a Follower
Explain how you would develop and maintain a relationship with this person?




Operation of theory
Presenter (P ): presented definitions, concepts, & explained how theory operates. Explanation was done in a technically correct manner.
2



Leader Exemplifies theory
Presenter (P ): explained how leader does or does not exemplifies leadership according to the theory being covered.
1



Examples:
Presenter (P ): used appropriate, relevant examples.
1




Subtotal for Being a Good Follower
4











Summary of Score on Presentation
Total Weights Sum of column
A

Total Points Sum of column
C

Average
(Total Points/ Total Weights

% Score
(See Translation below)

Points Possible on Presentation
Points Earned
(% Score * Points Possible)

54





Comments for presenter 1: (Dress, Articulation, Eye contact, Gestures, Conversational Tone, Appears Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic)
Comments for presenter 2
Comments for presenter 3
Comments for presenter 4
Comments for presenter 5
Comments for presenter 6
Note: Average grade to % translations. 2.00 = 75%; 2.50=80%; 3.00= 85%; 3.5=92.5%; 4.00=100%.


Additional explanation of grading criteria

Presentation dynamics:
Dress: Come dressed like you were interviewing for a job.

Articulation: The student's voice should be clear and articulate.

Spelling and grammar: In general, everyone who writes should own a guide to written English. Use the checker that comes with PowerPoint to check your spelling. Have someone else like the Writing Center on campus read your presentation for grammar.

Eye Contact: The student should have good eye contact with the audience. This means spreading your eye contact around. Use eye contact to direct the audience's attention to where you want them to look - your face, the screen, etc.

Gestures: Presenter effectively used physical movement, such as gestures to direct the attention of the audience.

Use a Conversational Tone: Use a conversational tone. Speak appropriately to the audience; don’t talk up or down but rather at the appropriate level to your audience.

Technology: Effectively use technology. Don’t hide behind the computer. Bring the mouse around from behind the computer and click it to advance the slides. Also, because PowerPoint is so slick, first time presenters often make the mistake of standing back and letting PowerPoint do the presentation. You want to engage the audience. Don’t let the technology get in your way.

Graphics: PowerPoint graphics should be readable and of a high quality. Often students make the mistake of putting too much content on each slide. You want the audience to listen to you. You do not want them to neglect listening to you and spend the presentation reading the slides.

Prepared: If necessary you should have backup copies, etc. Make sure you practice your presentation. You do not want to spend your time reading to the class from notes or slides. Check out the room before your presentation, make sure everything is working and you are ready. You want to be familiar enough with the material that you can talk to the class.