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MGMT20125 – Leadership and Governance
This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 5 and 6 as stated in the course
This assessment is to assist students in developing skills in analysing organisational
management practices and issues employing principles, theories, and models in relation to leadership
and governance. It provides students with the opportunity to practice and improve skills related to
research, analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and academic and business writing.
Before starting this assessment, please read the marking criteria (at the end of this document) and refer
to the university’s guide for writing reports (available on the Moodle course site).
You should always check the course website for course-specific instructions, which may be updated
Assessment task 1 requires the writing of a report. The report should be designed as a management
document that can be used to implement recommended changes. It should include a comprehensive
analysis of the current situation using theories, models and frameworks related to leadership and
governance. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature
relating to leadership and governance. It also requires students to suggest practical
solutions/recommendations based on research and analysis.
The assessment item is based on the case study titled “Blake Mycoskie and TOMS” (pp. 59-60) of the
textbook: Leadership: theory, application & skill development (6th Ed.) by Lussier & Achua, Cengage
Learning. You should read, and carefully analyse, the case and respond to the issues presented in, and
hidden behind, the case scenario within the context of a professionally developed report. You are
required to support your arguments with appropriate theoretical discussion and references.
This assignment MUST be a properly constructed report. It MUST contain headings and sub-headings.
The introduction should introduce the report, thesis statement (main objectives of the assignment) and
include your argument. The main body of the assignment should present the evidence you have
collected to support your arguments for the questions you are required to research. The conclusion
section should restate your arguments, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion from all
The assignment should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature
on HRM topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the assignment and not be
a separate section. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Further
information regarding formatting of assignments and other information is available at
This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of and
utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you should AVOID using only textbook, the prescribed
textbook for the course should be cited in regard to broad leadership principles. You will be expected
to present information and evidence from, and cite, at least twelve (12) relevant peer
reviewed journal articles (absolute minimum requirement). These do not include other academic
references such as books, conference papers, and book chapters and so on. Although you can cite
these other academic references in your report, they will not be counted as part of the 12 journal
articles. It is expected that you find twelve (12) peer reviewed journal articles not listed in the course
materials. The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature
used to support your arguments. Your marker is interested in the analysis that how you have
developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to discuss the topic.
AVOID presenting a descriptive account ONLY of your readings. What is required in this assessment
is a critical evaluation of the academic literature as it relates to the specific details of the case study.
Your marker is also interested in the conclusions that you reach by evaluating the literature and the
Case Study: Blake Mycoskie and TOMS (Pages 59-60 of the textbook: Leadership: theory,
application & skill development (6th Ed.) by Lussier & Achua, Cengage Learning.)
Based on the case scenario, answer the following questions in a business format (see the Moodle
course website for the university’s guide regarding writing reports).
NOTE: You MUST address the questions below. Some of these questions are not the same as
that listed in your textbook:
1. On the basis of evidence in the case, what would you assess Blake Mycoskie’s personality
traits are along each of the Big Five dimensions?
2. Which of these traits of effective leaders would you say has had the greatest impact on Blake
Mycoskie success at TOMS?
3. Which motivation would McClelland say was the major need driving Blake Mycoskie to
continue to work so hard despite being worth millions of dollars?
4. Does Blake Mycoskie have an LMP?
5. What type of self-concept does Blake Mycoskie have, and how does it affect his success?
6. Which leadership managerial role(s) played by Blake Mycoskie have an important part in the
success of TOMS?
7. Is Blake Mycoskie ethical in business? Which level of moral development is he on?
8. How may Blake Mycoskie’s ethical and/or unethical behaviours have affected TOMS’
corporate social responsibility?
9. How may Blake Mycoskie’s leadership traits and behaviours have contributed to effective
governance in TOMS?
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