Imagine that you have been invited to present a TED Talk about leadership skills and strengths. What an opportunity! What a challenge! Your first task is to create a meaningful PowerPoint presentation to complement your talk.
This week’s Discussion provides you the opportunity to (1) analyze a real-life leader who has overcome challenges and left a legacy for future generations and (2) address the ways in which you might emulate this leader to achieve your own personal and professional goals.
Note: This Discussion requires you to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation. Please refer to the Resources for PowerPoint and Narrated PowerPoint in this week’s Learning Resources. Due to the larger scope of this Discussion, it is worth more points than the others in this course. See the Discussion rubric in the Course Information area for more information.
• Review this week’s Learning Resources to better understand leadership skills and strengths-based leadership
• Review the “Biographies of Leaders” (PDF) in this week’s Learning Resources to help you select a leader on which to focus
Note: You must select a different leader than you did for previous assignments in this course.
• Identify a leader of your choice who demonstrates leadership skills and strengths-based leadership
• Review this week’s Learning Resources related to narrated PowerPoints to guide you as you create your presentation
• Create a 7- to 12-slide, narrated PowerPoint presentation that addresses the following:
o Title (1 slide)
o The core leadership skills this leader demonstrates (e.g., administrative, interpersonal, and conceptual) (1–2 slides)
o The primary strengths this leader demonstrates (e.g., strategic thinking, executing, influencing, and relationship building) (1–2 slides)
o The strategies this leader has used to overcome challenges (1–2 slides)
o The legacy or model that this leader has left for others who want to promote positive social change (1–2 slides)
o The ways in which you plan to incorporate these skills and strengths to achieve your personal and professional goals (1–2 slides)
o References (1 slide)
Note: Even though you are providing narration to your PowerPoint presentation, please also write detailed speaker notes for each slide to complement the slide content. Speaker notes should be clear, in-depth, and function as augmentation to the slide material. These notes should be written with sufficient depth to allow someone else to deliver the presentation. Make sure the PowerPoint presentation reflects graduate-level writing and presentation standards, with professional-looking graphics and appropriate type style.
Northouse, P. G. (2021). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (5th ed.). SAGE Publications.
• Chapter 5, “Developing Leadership Skills”
• Chapter 6, “Engaging Strengths”