Part 1 – Scenario Analysis – Did the leader act correctly?
At the beginning of the lesson, students will be placed in groups of 2 – 3 and they will be presented with a scenario, for example; you are an employee at Company A and you have been told that you have been fired by your boss because you were late for work one morning, however your boss is late almost every morning. Was this correct mode of action by the boss? What would the ideal leader have done in this situation? Is the most vocal leader necessary the best leader? A leader has discussed confidential information about an employee to another employee, what should be done in this situation? Other scenarios could be found in local newspaper articles or from case studies.
Having an effective leader is what many companies can attribute their success to, for example Bill Gates lead Microsoft to global success, as did Steve Jobs with Apple. The students will get the opportunity to look at successful companies and identify the attributes that have led to their success. They will learn that the skills these successful leaders have acquired in their lifetime were not necessarily from the theory they learned in university, but from first-hand experience of the business world, which is why the field work component is an excellent feature of these teaching resources.
Field work is a vital source of knowledge, as it provides students with first-hand practices of the real world. These teaching resources aim to provide students with an unconventional platform of learning about leadership styles. Through field work, students will be able to differentiate between different types of leadership styles that they have learned about, and how that affects the overall success of the company. This form of learning will provide students with the necessary tools to critically analyse the subject matter and provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the sustainable management strategies within the company, that is not only beneficial for leaders and the community around them, but for the students themselves who will have the opportunity to create their own mini enterprise project based on what they have learned.