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Essay Assignment 1
Essay Title: Critically discuss the theoretical differences between the ‘old’ and ‘current’ psychological theories of leadership.
Word Limit: 3000 words (absolute max 3500)
Learning outcomes assessed:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, critical evaluation and practical understanding of the major key psychological theories underpinning leadership behaviour.
  2. Present critical and evidence-based arguments in written form.


  1. Add in depth evidence of advanced research and theories beyond the core readings which have been provided in the module.
  2. The essay should be reported by using the APA referencing format. Full and detailed “References” section should be included at the end of the essay.
  3. The essay should be within the indicated and appropriate word limit. Assignments that overly exceed the absolute maximum will not be marked.
  4. Your assignment should be word processed; Arial font size 11 or 12 and double- spaced and numbered pages.
  5. Headings (e.g., Introduction/Discussion/Conclusion) should not be included in your final essay.

Note: Essential information must be included in the body of the essay and will be counted in the word count. Extra illustrative information may be included in the appendices.
Your essay will be assessed using the Writing Rubric located at the top of the course shell.
Students will decide on the appropriate structure and content but we would expect to see the following elements:
 Introduction: setting the context, addressing the question, the approach to answering the question
 Main body of the assignment
o Essay content, analysis, and review of the literature. All the elements that are included in the assignment must be adequately analysed and supported with material that is properly cited, paraphrased and referenced from a wide variety of external sources.
 Conclusion: bring together your main points; address the main question and adequately summarize the findings of your assignment.
The following points should be noted for this part of the assessment:
 Literature should be sourced from a range of journal articles and textbooks.
The submission should use cases and examples from a variety of organisations to illustrate the application of the leadership theory in organizations. This information should be referenced to reports, websites and other relevant documents to allow tutors to access it.
 The word count is 3000 words +/- 10%. This does not include the reference list and any appendices the assignment may include.
 Accurate referencing of sources is crucial in this coursework. The referencing system used in this module is the APA Reference system. Please make sure you are familiar with this. Marks will be deducted for inaccurate referencing.

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