Introduction to Discussions
One of the ways in which you will interact with your fellow students throughout your program is through weekly Discussions. In each week of the course that contains a Discussion, you will be asked to respond to a Discussion prompt that will include the following components:
- The To Prepare section, which identifies Learning Resources you will need to review to inform your Discussion post, as well as any specific topics, perspectives, or experiences you should consider as you develop your post
- An initial Post, with detailed instructions for what is required and by when Instructions to Read some of your colleagues’ postings
- Two or more follow-up posts in which you Respond to your colleagues by a particular day, with suggested response types included
- An encouragement to Return to the Discussion Board to review the responses to your initial post and any follow-up posts so that you may expand your knowledge of the topic and consider differing viewpoints
- A reminder to review the Rubric, which contains specific information that will help you ensure your Assignment aligns with the criteria your Instructor will use to evaluate your work.
By Day 3
Post 1–2 paragraphs in which you define leadership, including what it means to lead others and to lead yourself. To support your definition:
- Identify three to five words or phrases you feel are traits or characteristics of a strong leader.
- Include at least one example of successful leadership of others that you have observed, either in your own life, within your local community, or throughout the world.
- Describe what self-leadership looks like in your daily life.
Over the next couple of days, read some of your colleagues’ postings and consider the definitions and examples they have shared. How are your ideas about leading others and leading yourself similar, and how are they different?
By Day 5
Respond to two or more of your colleagues’ postings by identifying one trait your colleague shared that you find particularly important, and explain why. You are encouraged to share a real-life example of that leadership trait in action.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.