Final Project Part I Overview
MBA 550 has two final projects: Final Project Part I, due in Module Three, and Final Project Part II, due in Module Nine. The course has a milestone assignment
in each of the following modules: Two, Four, Five, and Seven. You will select a corporate or organizational leader who could be a personal role model. The
professional self-assessment taken during the course will be the lens through which you will select this leader. You will research the leader’s professional career
track, management and leadership styles, team-building skills, organizational vision and culture, and problem-solving and conflict-management abilities. You will
then compare aspects of your own leadership style to the leadership style of the person you selected.
The leadership and management of a business or organization must have a strong mission and vision and be able to communicate this information well. This
successful communication process is vital because the mission and vision are the base of the organizational culture. Organizational culture, in turn, affects job
performance, employee engagement, job satisfaction, and personal growth and development. Leadership and management skills are foundational for leading an
organization and making managerial decisions. In Final Project Part I, you will review your leadership self-assessment and your chosen leader analysis by
researching the leader and comparing your leadership abilities to those of the leader.
Final Project Part I is due in Module Three. For this assessment, you will select a leader in Module Two from the list provided (or you may select a leader not on
the list with instructor consultation and approval). Your selection of a leader should be informed by the self-assessment you completed in Milestone One in
Module Two. Ideally, the leader you select will be similar to you in many areas. After selecting a leader, you will analyze the results of your self-assessment and
then focus on your chosen leader, analyzing his or her career track and explaining what impact his or her leadership skills had on the organization and how the
leader’s management style helped him or her accomplish goals.
Final Project Part I addresses the following course outcomes:
 Analyze results of professional self-assessment tools for informing personal appreciation of leadership skills and areas of professional development
 Differentiate between leadership skills and management roles and functions for improving organizational structure, operations, and communication
Final Project Part I Prompt
Your chosen leader analysis should answer the following prompt: Select a leader from the list below. Your selection should be informed by the professional selfassessment that you completed in Module Two. With instructor consultation and approval, you may select a leader who is not on the list provided. If you select a
leader not on the list, you should either have personal experience working with the leader, or the leader should have experience in a publicly traded company.
This knowledge is necessary for you to find the required information related to the leader.
List of suggested leaders:
 Tim Cook, Apple
 Bill Gates, Microsoft
 Steve Jobs, Apple
 Denise Morrison, Campbell’s Soup
 Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo
 Jack Welch, GE
 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
After you select a leader, submit a short paper or presentation on your self-assessment and your analysis of your chosen leader. Analyze the results of your selfassessment and then focus on your chosen leader, analyzing his or her career track and explaining what impact his or her leadership skills had on the
organization and how the leader’s management style helped him or her accomplish goals. Refer to the Final Project Part I Rubric (below) for submission
guidelines.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Self-Assessment
A. With your focus on leadership, analyze the results of your professional self-assessment. In your analysis, make sure to consider your strengths,
areas for development, and your skills, abilities, and tendencies. You could also consider results such as your communication and team-building
styles.
B. Briefly compare and contrast your self-assessment results to the leadership characteristics of the leader you selected. In other words, what skills
and abilities does the leader have that you also have? What skills and abilities does the leader have that you do not?
II. Leadership and Management
A. Analyze the leader’s professional career track and growth, focusing specifically on the leader’s management roles and functions. How are the
leader’s leadership skills and abilities different from the management roles and functions he or she fulfilled?
B. What impact did the leader’s leadership skills have on his or her ability to improve organizational structure, operations, and communication?
C. What impact did the leader’s management roles and functions have on his or her ability to improve organizational structure, operations, and
communication?
Final Project Part I Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your professional leadership profile may be submitted as a paper or a presentation. If you choose to submit a paper, it should adhere
to the following formatting requirements: 8-10 pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. If you choose to submit a
presentation, it should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 6-10 slides, with speaker notes or voice recording. Possible presentation tools include
PowerPoint or Prezi. Whether you submit a paper or a presentation, you should have a minimum of five scholarly references. Use current APA-style guidelines
for your citations and reference list.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Self-Assessment:
Results
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
analysis demonstrates keen
insight into self-assessment
results
Comprehensively analyzes
results of professional selfassessment, focusing on
leadership strengths, areas for
development, and skills,
abilities, and tendencies
Analyzes results of professional
self-assessment, but analysis is
cursory or inaccurate or does
not focus on leadership
strengths, areas for
development, and skills,
abilities, and tendencies
Does not analyze results of
professional self-assessment
20
Self-Assessment:
Compare and
Contrast
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response expertly balances
brevity with necessary detail
Briefly compares and contrasts
self-assessment results to
leadership characteristics of
selected leader
Compares and contrasts selfassessment results to
leadership characteristics of
selected leader, but response is
wordy or vague
Does not compare and contrast
self-assessment results to
leadership characteristics of
selected leader
20
Leadership and
Management:
Career Track
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
analysis demonstrates nuanced
understanding of difference
between leadership skills and
management roles and
functions
Comprehensively analyzes
leader’s professional career
track, focusing on management
roles and functions and
explaining how these roles and
functions are different from
leader’s leadership skills
Analyzes leader’s professional
career track, but analysis is
cursory, inaccurate, lacks focus
on management roles and
functions, or does not explain
how these roles and functions
are different from leader’s
leadership skills
Does not analyze leader’s
professional career track
20
Leadership and
Management:
Leadership
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates
nuanced understanding of
relationship between
leadership skills and
improvements to organizational
structure, operations, and
communications
Accurately assesses impact of
leader’s leadership skills on
ability to improve
organizational structure,
operations, and communication
Assesses impact of leader’s
leadership skills on ability to
improve organizational
structure, operations, and
communication, but with gaps
in accuracy or detail
Does not assess impact of
leader’s leadership skills on
ability to improve
organizational structure,
operations, and communication
15
Leadership and
Management:
Management
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates
nuanced understanding of
relationship between
management roles and
functions and improvements to
organizational structure,
operations, and
communications
Accurately assesses impact of
leader’s management roles and
functions on ability to improve
organizational structure,
operations, and communication
Assesses impact of leader’s
management roles and
functions on ability to improve
organizational structure,
operations, and
communication, but with gaps
in accuracy or detail
Does not assess impact of
leader’s management roles and
functions on ability to improve
organizational structure,
operations, and communication
15
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy-to-read
format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or