Constructing Leadership Metaphors

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The notion that leadership study requires self-assessment – “locating oneself”– and introspection has been reinforced throughout this course. The construct of metaphors advances thinking by quickly linking the left and right sides of the brain (Clouse, et al., 2013) The use of metaphors as a learning strategy, and especially as applied to leadership, is discussed in the Module 6 lectures and required readings. This assignment’s requirements provide an opportunity to expand knowledge, apply concepts, and construct metaphors in the pursuit of better understanding leadership and ourselves as leaders. There are two parts to this essay assignment: Part I: Review required reading and lecture material about purpose, construction, and use of leadership metaphors. Identify three scholarly articles (other than required or recommended readings related to leadership metaphors and learning. Gather three (3) videos that further explain the purpose and use of leadership metaphors. Critique the videos using a critical framework and scholarly sources for support. Part II: Review leadership reflections and self-assessments from this course. Draw in outside material from a career portfolio, leadership assessments, performance feedback, or other artifacts. Define a process to construct an original personal leadership metaphor. Produce an original personal leadership metaphor in any written form. Consider poetry, story, lyrics, fable, comic strip, creative writing, diary excerpt, for example.



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