Type of paper:
Leadership Interview Analysis Assignment
Your task in this assignment is to analyze a leader by first conducting an interview with a leader of your
choosing and then summarizing the insights into a package that weaves together key themes/ideas, etc.
(see below). Importantly, also be sure to bring into your analysis at least two ideas/theories/topics from
the leadership material covered in class. (For example, you might talk about the ways that your
interviewee was impacted as a leader by observing a fantastic other leader . who happened to be
transformational. Itfs not likely that the interviewee will use the word transformational . but if it fits,
then use that concept and discuss it.)
In other words, I donft want you to provide a transcript of the interview (no!!)cthis is an analysis based
on your interview of this individual.
Your analysis should be somewhere between 4]6 pages and written as a paper (I donft care about using
a particular formatting style. But please use 12]point font, double]spaced. Use of headings or any other
stylistic/formatting devices that help convey your ideas is fine and encouraged).
Here are some sample questionsc
. Tell me about your position?
. Do you see yourself as a leader?
. What does the term leadership mean?
. What are the most important things that you do as a leader in your job?
. Are you building leaders underneath you?
. What do you know now that you WISH you would have known 5 or 10 years ago?
. If you could change one behavior that would make you a more effective leader, what would it
. In your experiences, what are the most common reasons or ways that leaders fail to be
. Wefre all affected by our previous experiences. What are some of the critical moments that
have shaped the way you think about leadership? How did they change the way you think about
. What is the hardest piece of feedback youfve ever received as a leader?
. Who do you look up to as a leader? Why?
. Try to avoid questions that have a yes/no response to them.
Feel free to use many other questions, and see where the interview takes youcmake up your own
questions, be creative, and think on the flycBUT, at the same time any interview is far more effective
when you plan a whole set of ggoodh questions ahead of time. Some of your questions will obviously
depend on the context of who youfre interviewing, etc.
Who You Should Pick: It is better to pick (all else equal) an insightful leader as opposed to one who is
not likely to be introspective and be able to reflect on their experiences. There are many people who
cannot reflect very well on their experiencescIfve seen it many times. 😉 So, if you have a choicectry to
pick someone who is more likely to be self]insightful. You may not know this ahead of timecbut
sometimes you can have an idea about this. And if the leader you choose is not ggiving you muchh in
your interview . it will just make the task of your write]up a little more difficult.
The particular position of the leader is not important. And leadership does not require holding any
particular position!! Many leaders are ginformalh leaders . and that is completely fine for this
assignment. Pick someone who you find interesting and have access to. But you may want to be
strategic about it . and interview someone who you might not otherwise have a chance to speak to by
asking them for help with a gclass assignmenth. For example, is there a VP of HR who youfve been trying
to find an gangleh to speak to? Or is there a company or CEO who youfd love to get connected to? You
should at least consider the possibility of using this assignment strategically to build or solidify a piece of
your network. .
The topics you might cover include (some of these might be headings or topics covered in your paper):
. Description of current leadership position(s)
. Significant experiences affecting his/her leadership
. Key leadership styles/behaviors
. Recurring Themes
. Future developmental goals that they are trying to work on
. Specific challenges/difficulties for this individual . this may be things that they say but it also
may be things that you infer or glean from your interview and analysis.
. What are the things that make them effective and ineffective?
. Final thoughts
What are they really good at? What are they not so good at? Why? Do they recognize these strengths
and weaknesses? Who do they have as their role models in leadership? Why? What was the hardest
moment for them as a leader?
Let me know your questions on this assignment as they come up. Itfs better to clarify with me than to
This assignment is worth 50 points.
. 30 points will be awarded for content ]]] digging for useful information, providing a little
information about the job and context that this leader operates in, hitting on many of the
themes/headings outlined in the instruction, insightful analysis, not getting focused on
. 10 points will be awarded for appropriate and effective integration of course
material/ideas/theories etc. (You should discuss at least two of these in your paper)
. 10 points will be awarded for style and clarity. This paper should be about 4]6 pages, typed,
double]spaced. There are no specific formatting styles required for this paper, but you should
use headings as appropriate ]]] so that it’s not just one long write]up. And using headings also
forces you to focus and encapsulate ideas.
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