Leadership Development Project (30% total)
Personal Leadership History Report (10%)
Personal Leadership Portfolio (20%)
The final course deliverable is an extensive real-world project: an individual leadership portfolio. This portfolio will yield a product for you to share with prospective or current employers in order to enhance your employment possibilities and promotion potential. The portfolio is the second of two deliverables comprising the assessment; a Personal Leadership History Report (discussed in the section below) is due first and leads to the Personal Leadership Portfolio.
The course project promotes your development and personal commitment to the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for understanding, assimilating, and demonstrating professional public safety leadership. In preparing your portfolio, you will have the opportunity to review leadership from a historical and an operational perspective and will be able to evaluate your own leadership style and effectiveness.
Completion of the course-long personal leadership project solidifies foundation KSAs in order to:
evaluate decision making in relation to historic and current issues in public safety through case studies and simulation
explain the relationship between successful leadership, organizational development, and technology and the way these factors affect decision making
discuss the importance of ethics, globalization, systems thinking, proactive leadership, and leader-follower relationships to successful leadership in public safety
identify and discuss the major leadership theories and concepts applicable to public safety
explain the importance of leadership in organizational processes and change
cite examples of successful leadership styles and techniques in progressive public administration
complete case study reviews and an operational simulation based on major public safety issues
identify future public safety challenges and potential solutions
synthesize your learning experience in your major discipline to apply the knowledge and skills to practical individual and organizational challenges
The Leadership Development Project Process
The project is a course-length process managed using specified development steps that correlate with specific course materials. Aspects of this process will be addressed in the course conferences each week. The first of the two project deliverables is the personal leadership history report.
Personal Leadership Portfolio
The final course deliverable, the Personal Leadership Portfolio, is created by incorporating targeted leadership knowledge development, self-assessment assignments, and homeland security or public safety leadership analysis. The portfolio represents a personal understanding and plan of public safety leadership based on the course research, module content, discussions, reports, simulation, and your leadership performance.
The process requires weekly demonstration of leadership knowledge development through conference discussion opportunities and leadership self-assessment assignments. The submissions are assessed for accuracy and completeness against project requirements and ensure that the development of leadership knowledge, assessment, and analysis provides a maximum foundation for the sequential portfolio development. The completed personal leadership portfolio correlates with professional homeland security and public safety leadership best practices, resulting in a tangible product that can become a base for future leadership development.
> Assessment Sequence
The project is made up of sequential steps that constitute the required actions of semester-long portfolio development. The process assessment utilizes a recommended portfolio document structure.
1. Gather—the gathering of course and outside leadership materials and resources.
2. Research—narrowing the focus of academic and anecdotal leadership topics to professional homeland security or public safety leadership topics.
3. Organize—establish an information-handling process in order to coordinate resources, sources, and gathered data. Monitor for policy topic research completeness through use of an information-handling and organization process.
4. Analyze and evaluate—compare, contrast, and judge resource material to develop cogent documentation.
5. Assess—assimilate personal leadership history report results with cogent documentation, demonstrating the nexus between personal leadership history and data with academic and anecdotal resources. This step may also include assessing past leadership opportunities for lessons learned.
6. Apply—based on steps 1-5, determine personal leadership styles and traits and how the determination can be applied in a professional homeland security or public safety setting. This step will also include personal leadership strengths and challenges for future development.
7. Create a personal leadership development plan for your future in public safety.
> Personal Leadership Portfolio Document Structure and Content Topics
The body of the Personal Leadership Portfolio shall be at least 12 pages, excluding other material such as the cover page, table of contents, abstract, graphics and tables, and references. The paper shall be presented in APA (6th edition) format, all margins should be 1”, 12 point font, and be in either Arial or New Times Roman font style. In the following descending order of preference, information sources must be either peer-reviewed articles, government reports, or other sources approved by your instructor. Internet information sources from other than authoritative sources are discouraged. See the Personal Leadership Portfolio grading rubric for more information. The personal leadership portfolio shall cover all of the following topics:
presentation and discussion of academic and anecdotal resource materials
deconstruction of current homeland security or public safety leadership
identification of acceptable and effective professional homeland security or public safety leadership principles
collation of data from personal leadership self-assessment assignments
comparison and contrast of self-assessment data, to include applicability, with best practices and identified leadership principles
presentation and discussion of future personal leadership development and opportunity
The completed personal leadership portfolio correlates with professional homeland security and public safety leadership best practices, resulting in a tangible product that can become a base for future leadership development.
Rubric Name: Personal Leadership Portfolio Rubric
This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.
Fair / Adequate
Poor / Unacceptable
Attention to instructions and assignment
Follows and exceeds expectations noted in instructions
Follows some but not all instructions.
Gestures toward instructions but demonstrates little comprehension or competency
Creative thought / problem-solving / self-assessment
Can earn betwee 9-10 points. Demonstrates a high degree of originality, insight and/or problem-solving skill
Shows some originality, insight and/or problem-solving skill
Shows minimally acceptable originality, insight and/or problem-solving skill
Demonstrates very little creative thought or insight; consists mostly of second-hand ideas
Can earn betwee 0-5 points. Shows no original thought; all second-hand ideas
Adherence to APA 6th ed. style
No APA style errors
No more than three APA style errors
More than four or five APA style errors
More than six APA style errors
No attempt at APA style
Development and support, articulated knowledge of public safety leadership
Can earn from 27-30 points. Thoroughly and insightfully explores, explains and supports each idea.
Can earn from 24-26 points. Develops and supports key points.
Can earn from 21-23 points. Inconsistently develops and supports ideas.
Can earn from 18-20 points. Inadequately or ineffectively explains and defends ideas.
Can earn from 0-17 points. Does not make a meaningful attempt to explain or support ideas.
Source use, including appropriate guidelines, thorough analysis of references used
Can earn from 9-10 points. Demonstrates comprehension of all source material; integrates sources appropriately and effectively
Most source material is appropriate, but some if not fully explained or integrated into the paper
Source material is not consistently appropriate or integrated into the paper
Source material is rarely appropriate and/or rarely integrated into the paper
Can earn from 0-5 points. No use of source material
Clarity, including grammar
Can earn between 9-10 points. Demonstrates comprehension of all source material; integrates sources appropriately and effectively
Most ideas are presented clearly but sometimes too simplistically
Wordy; some points require rereading to understand fully
Unclear and difficult to understand
Can earn from 0-5 points. Largely incomprehensible
Application of leadership principles to your leadership style
Can earn from 18-20 points. Clear, specific linkages between course material and leadership style.
Can earn from 16-17 points. Most points of leadership style are linked to course material.
Can earn from 14-15 points. Partial links to course material.
Can earn from 12-13 points. Vague links to course material.
Can earn from 0-11 points. No linkages provided.
Incorporation of personal leadership history report (part 1)
Can earn from 9-10 points. References from part 1 used in part 1, analysis from part 1 can be easily identified in part 2.
No references from part 1 used, analysis only partly incorporated.
50% of history report used.
Less than 25% of history report used
Can earn from 0-5 points. No portion of history report used.
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