Begin thinking about what traits you have and what traits require further development. Also consider what are the practices of mindfulness or mindful leadership?
Next, write a list of strengths and weaknesses you think you have and contrast the list with what has been identified in the article. A full list of typical strengths and weakness is attached below for your convenience. Describe this comparison. Does it make sense to you? Are you surprised by how you align with the traits of a mindful leader? Why or why not?
Then, consider this question: Can you improve your strengths? Explore McQuaid’s article (and video) to begin thinking about the ways in which you can develop strengths of not only a leader, but a Mindful Leader. Consider what strengths you may need to achieve mindful leadership and success. Chapter 6 in the Search Inside Yourself text is also a good resource to help you answer this!
In a 2-3 page essay, (1) discuss what are the practices of mindfulness or mindful leadership?, (2) discuss the comparison of your strengths/weaknesses to that of a mindful leader; be sure to include your reaction. Finally, (3) provide a detailed response to the question posed to you in Step 3. Be sure to discuss how beneficial it was to you, and the extent to which you now feel more mindful. Your essay should contain properly formatted citations and be free of spelling/grammar errors.
|ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS||Does not engage with topic, failing to recognize any relevant perspective; written entirely off-topic. Assignment does not meet requirements or was not submitted.0pointsShows minimal engagement with the topic, failing to recognize multiple dimensions/ perspectives; lacking even basic observations. Assignment lacks focus and/or a observable understanding. Some assignment requirements have been met.12pointsShows some engagement with the topic without elaboration; offers basic observations but rarely original insight. Some intelligible ideas, but overall understanding is weak, unclear, or too broad. Most assignment requirements have been met.15pointsDemonstrates engagement with the topic, recognizing multiple dimensions and/or perspectives; offers some insight. Represents adequate understanding of the assigned topic; minimal irrelevant material. All assignment requirements have been met.17pointsDemonstrates exceptional engagement with the topic, recognizing multiple dimensions and/or perspectives with elaboration and depth; offers exceptional insight beyond the assignment requirement. Represents full understanding of the assignment; every word counts. All assignment requirements have been met.20points|
|ORGANIZATION & FORMAT||Assignment does not adhere to appropriate formatting. The work is fully unorganized or written in stream of consciousness. No discernible introduction or conclusion or assignment was not submitted.0pointsAssignment does not adhere to appropriate formatting. Organization is missing both overall and within sentences/paragraphs. Introduction and conclusion may be lacking or illogical.12pointsAssignment has fewer than 5 formatting errors. Organization, overall and/or within paragraphs, is formulaic or occasionally lacking in coherence; few evident transitions. Introduction and/or conclusion may lack logic.15pointsAssignment has fewer than 3 formatting errors. Few organizational problems on any of the 3 levels (overall, paragraph, transitions). Assignment includes introduction and conclusion are effectively written and related to the whole.17pointsAssignment is perfectly formatted. Organization is exceptionally logical and exceeds the assignment prompt expectations; paragraphs/sentences are well-developed and appropriately divided; ideas linked with smooth and effective transitions.20points|
|CONTENT DEVELOPMENT||Does not use appropriate content or does not develop any ideas within the assignment or assignment was not submitted.0pointsUses appropriate and relevant content to develop simple ideas in some parts of the assignment.12pointsUses appropriate and relevant content to develop and explore ideas throughout most of the assignment.15pointsUses appropriate, relevant and compelling content to explore ideas within the context of the topic, and shaping the assignment in its entirety.17pointsUses exceptional, accurate, relevant, and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject, adequately conveying understanding, and shaping the assignment in its entirety.20points|
|APA FORMATTING AND DOCUMENTATION||Does not cite any sources at all with no obvious sourcing within the document or assignment was not submitted.0pointsDoes not cite sources. Fewer than 3 sources and none are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. Not all web sites utilized are credible, and/or sources are not current.12pointsCites some data obtained from other sources. Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect. Fewer than 3 sources, or fewer than 2 of 3 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are credible.15pointsCites most data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and reference page. Contains 3 current sources, of which at least 2 are peer reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are authoritative.17pointsCites all data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is perfectly used in both text and reference page. More than 5 current sources, of which all are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. Sources include both general background sources and specialized sources. Special interest sources and popular literature are acknowledged as such if they are cited. All web sites utilized are authoritative.20points|
|MECHANICS, SPELLING & GRAMMAR||Uses language that sometimes impedes meaning because of errors in usage or assignment was not submitted.0pointsUses language that sometimes impedes meaning because of errors in usage.12pointsUses language that generally conveys meaning to readers with clarity, although writing may include some spelling and grammar errors.15pointsUses straightforward language that generally conveys meaning to readers. The language in the paper has few spelling and grammar errors.17pointsUses graceful language that exceptionally communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency, and is virtually free of spelling and grammar errors.20points|