Understanding leadership

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The purpose of this unit is to develop the knowledge and understanding of different leadership styles or
behaviours to be found in the workplace, including an understanding of your own preferred leadership
behaviours, and the impact that these different styles are likely to have on behaviour of team members.
The task requires you to demonstrate this understanding in the context of an organisation with which you
are familiar. It also requires you to use feedback to assess and reflect on your own preferred leadership
style in order to identify how you could modify behaviours or build upon existing strengths to become more
effective in a leadership role.
If you are not currently working within an organisation, then you may complete this task in relation to an
organisation with which you are familiar. This could include experience working in a voluntary capacity.
You should plan to spend approximately 12 hours researching your workplace context, preparing for and
writing or presenting the outcomes of this assignment for assessment. The ‘nominal’ word count for this
assignment is 1200 words: the suggested range is between 800 and 1500 words.
Check your assignment carefully prior to submission using the assessment criteria.
Please use the sub-headings shown below
when structuring your Assignment Assessment Criteria
Understand leadership styles
Provide responses to cover these assessment

 Describe the factors that will influence the choice of
leadership styles or behaviours in workplace
situations (24 marks)
 Explain why these leadership styles or behaviours
are likely to have a positive or negative effect on
individual and group behaviour (24 marks)

Understand leadership qualities and review
own leadership qualities and potential
For this section you need to gather information
about you own leadership style using feedback
from others such as line manager, team
members. You may also chose to use some
leadership styles self – assessment technique.
The information gathered should be used, in
conjunction with a recognised leadership
model, to assess your preferred patterns of
leadership behaviour and how effective these
are within the working practices and culture of
the organisation.
Once this has been completed you need to

 Assess own leadership behaviours and potential in
the context of a particular leadership model and
own organisation’s working practices and culture,
using feedback from others (28 marks)
 Describe appropriate actions to enhance own
leadership behaviour in the context of the particular
leadership model (24 marks)

Awarded by City & Guilds.
Assignment – Understanding leadership
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identify any actions you should take in order to
enhance your leadership behaviour.

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