LPI ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN

For this activity, you will need to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Self-Assessment, have 7-10 other people complete the LPI Observer Assessment, and utilize both the LPI Participant’s Workbook and Leadership Development Planner, which are available in the online classroom.  Review the LPI Tutorial posted in the online classroom for instructions on how to purchase and use the LPI program.

By the end of Week 1, you should purchase the LPI license, take the self-assessment, and request a minimum of 7-10 others to complete the LPI Observer Assessments.  (The observers do not have to complete the assessment in Week 1.)  Your choice of observers should give you a three-dimensional view of yourself and should include individuals from some of the following categories: managers, co-workers, direct reports, clients, or other groups applicable to your work environment.  Observers should not be friends or family members.

When you and your observers have completed the assessments, notify your instructor.  This is necessary in order to create the report that will be critical for completion of the development plan.  You will use this report to help you complete the LPI Participant’s Workbook and Leadership Development Planner, which are available for download on the LPI website. 

Using the LPI Participant’s Workbook and Leadership Development Planner as a guide, write a 3000-3750 word paper (in APA format) that includes an assessment of your feedback and a development plan. 

First Part of the Paper: This part of the paper should include your reflections on the results, using the questions below as a discussion guide. Use the LPI Participant’s Workbook to help you reflect on the following areas of the Assessment aspect of the paper:

·       What is your initial reaction to the feedback? (First Impressions section)

·       Where are there consistencies among the feedback?  Between you and the observers?  Among the observers?  Are there any inconsistencies?  If so, to what factors are they due? (Exploring Consistency section)

·       In which areas of practice do you have strengths?  Which ones are in need of improvement?  Identify at least eight behaviors in the five areas of practice that are either strengths or weaknesses. (Patterns and Messages section)

·       How have or will you share your feedback with the observers who helped you with the LPI Observer Assessments?  What benefits could you achieve by sharing your feedback?

Second Part of the Paper: The second part of the paper is your Personal Development Plan, for which you will use the worksheets located within the Leadership Development Planner for assistance.  First, select two to three people whom you think would make good coaches or mentors for you during this process.  Explain whom they are, why they will be good coaches for you, and how you will contact, communicate, and work with them.  Contact at least one; get his or her agreement to work with you.

Next, select at least three of the five practices that you want to improve (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart).  Next, develop a plan for a minimum of six behavioral areas of focus among these different practices.  For each practice, describe your ideal leadership image of yourself at the end of the MBA program (approximately two years) and write a commitment memo to that effect.  Next, identify the behavioral areas on which you will focus, and describe what you expect to accomplish in the next six months, one year, and two years as you work towards your ideal image.  For example, if you select Model the Way as one of your practices, and learning from experience as one behavior within that practices, you might have:

Six Months

- Write a personal credo 

One Year

- Discuss your credo with your   mentor

Program End

- Share your credo with your team, and ask them to do the same

Of course, this is just a simple example -- there should be some discussion around each point.  Use the Leadership Development Activities and Worksheet in the Leadership Development Planner for ideas, and be specific.  Remember, goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).  Be sure to include your coach/mentor in the process and your plan.  Do not include the actual LPI report results or the worksheets in your paper.

A sample outline of the paper follows:

-      Introduction

-      Part I – Reflection

-      Initial Reaction

-      Consistencies and Inconsistencies

-      Strengths and Weaknesses

-      Sharing Feedback

-      Part II – Personal Development Plan

-      Mentors

-      First Practice

-      Ideal Image/Commitment Memo

-      First Behavioral Area Expectations

-      Six Months

-      One Year

-      End of Program

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:  (repeat for other practices and behavioral areas)

:

-      Conclusion

Note: While the assignment must be in APA format, you may use first person in this paper. 

Please retain a copy of your assignment, as it may be used in another assignment within the MBA program.

 

 

Assessment Criteria

Exceeds Expectations

5

Meets Expectations

4                  3

Does Not Meet

Expectations

2          1

Does Not Address

0

Use of Assessment Feedback and Information

Clear evidence that the author engaged fully in the reflective process with all four of the parts: Describe, Analyze, Reflect, and Act.

Some evidence that the author engaged in the reflective process. Only two or three of the parts of reflective practice are included.

Little evidence that the author engaged in the reflective process.

No evidence that the author engaged in the reflective process.

Reaction

Provided an in-depth reaction to the feedback; fully discussed consistencies and inconsistencies between self and observers and within observers.

Provided a reaction to the feedback; discussed consistencies and inconsistencies between self and observers and within observers.

Did not provide a complete reaction to the feedback or did not discuss consistencies and inconsistencies between self and observers or within observers.

Provided no reaction to feedback and did not discuss consistencies and inconsistencies.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Discussed more than eight strengths and weaknesses.

Discussed six to eight strengths and weaknesses.

Discussed five or fewer strengths and weaknesses.

Did not discuss strengths and weaknesses.

Plan for Sharing Feedback

Included a detailed plan for sharing feedback with observers.

 

Included a plan for sharing feedback with observers.

Included a minimal plan for sharing feedback with observers.

Did not include a plan for sharing feedback with observers.

Coaches/Mentoring Plan

Identified three or more coaches/mentors, contacted more than one of them, and developed a detailed plan for working with them over a two-year period.

Identified two or three coaches/mentors, contacted one of them, and developed a brief plan for working with them over a period of time.

Identified only one coach/mentor, or did not contact him or her, or  put minimal effort into developing a plan to work with him or her.

Identified no coaches/mentors, made no contact with them, or developed no plan to work with them.

Ideal Image/Commitment Memo

Describes ideal leadership image and writes a commitment memo for more than three areas of practice. 

Describes ideal leadership image and writes a commitment memo for three areas of practice. 

Describes ideal leadership image and writes a commitment memo for less than three areas of practice. 

Did not include ideal images or commitment memos.

Use of the Leadership Development Workshops

Used the worksheets to build a development plan more than six behavioral areas of focus in three or more different areas of practice.

Used the worksheets to build a development plan in six behavioral areas of focus in three different areas of practice.

Used the worksheets to build a development plan in fewer than six behavioral areas of focus in fewer than three areas of practice.

Did not use the worksheets to build a development plan.

Quality of Writing

Writing and organization is consistently of outstanding quality. Flawless presentation. No spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. Assignment is completely in APA format.

Good writing and organization of paper. Minimal spelling, grammatical, and/or punctuation errors. Good use of APA format.

Writing and/or organization of paper needs improvement. The frequency of spelling, grammatical, and/or punctuation errors is distracting to the reader. Infrequent use of APA format and style.

The frequency of spelling, grammatical, and/or punctuation errors makes the paper incomprehensible. No use of APA format.

Overall Effort

 

Written work clearly demonstrates exemplary effort and shows significant initiative, creativity, and original thought.

Written work demonstrates adequate effort and is complete, thorough, and reflects original thought.

Written work demonstrates little effort or is consistently incomplete or shallow.

Written work demonstrates no effort.





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