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Outcomes Met With This Project:

Use leadership theories, assessment tools, and an understanding of the role of

ethics, values, and attitudes to evaluate and enhance personal leadership skills

Assess the intera

ctions between the external environment and the organization

to foster responsible and effective leadership and organizational practices

Develop individual awareness, style, and communication skills that enhances

leadership skills

Integrate and apply analy

tical principles and skills to make strategic decisions


You have completed your role on the Succession Plan Committee.

You and your Group

identified leadership competencies for five internal positions and your group also

recommended some inte

rnal candidates for consideration of those positions.

As you are putting away your notes from the Succession Plan Committee meetings, you

come across this statement “These positions will need to be filled over the next 12



There is not an immed

iate need for any of them currently, but vacancies will be


The preference is to fill these internally…”

You cannot help but wonder, “why not me”? The more you read the description of the

open positions, the more you are convinced that you shoul

d put yourself forward as a

candidate for one of these leadership positions.


Step 1:

Leadership Competencies Table

Review the Leadership Competencies Table completed in Week Two to accompany the

Job Announcement. (You may also wish to revi

ew any feedback received from your

Instructor about your Table.)

Step 2:

Upcoming Open Positions at Biotech

Position #1:

Sales Director, Middle East

Location: Saudi Arabia

Answers to: Executive Director, Asia Division

Biotech’s Asia Division will be opening its first Middle East location in Saudi Arabia in

the next 12 months. A Sales Director will be needed to head up this new division. A

team of local salespeople will need

to be recruited, hired, and trained by this leader. It is

expected that this sales team may be largely men.

Two sources that are recommended for more information about doing business in Saudi

Arabia are:

Guide to Saudi Arabia Etiquette, Customs, Culture, and Business

Saudi Arabia

Management Guide

Position #2:

Director of Research and Development (R&D)

Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY

Answers to: VP of Headquarter Operations

R&D is at the heart of Biotech’s success and, indeed, its fut

ure. The leader of Research

and Development will lead a group of scientists and innovators, but does not need to be

a scientist himself/herself. R&D is located centrally at Biotech Headquarters because

R&D coordinates with all other departments and divisio

ns. This is a high profile


Position #3:

VP of Headquarter Operations

Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY

Answers to: President and CEO

The Headquarters houses R&

D, HR, IT, Purchasing, and Finance. Each of these

departments has its own “subculture”, and each department is fairly distinct from each

other. The young, youthful subculture of IT often clashes with the conservative

subculture of the Finance department, f

or example. Many of the members of the

Finance and HR teams are baby boomers and are near retirement. This leader

oversees the smooth operation of all of these departments and ensures the coordination

of these departments with each other and with each of t

he four geographic divisions

across the world.

Position #4:

Executive Director, North American Division

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Answers to: President and CEO

This leader will head up the largest and most profit

able division of Biotech. This division

is seen as the “flagship” by the other divisions, since Biotech’s roots are in the United

States. This Executive Director has the “ear” of the CEO, and spends a lot of time with

the Barney family. This leader is face

d with spearheading the future direction of Biotech

in North America and is challenged with filling openings throughout the United States

and Canada caused by fast growth and a retiring Baby Boomer population.

Position #5:

Director of Finance

Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY

Answers to: Chief Financial Officer

This leader oversees the day to day operations of the finance department. This leader is

expected to aid in strategic planning with the executive team of B

iotech. Although a

finance background is not required, this person is expected to bring a conservative

approach to the strategic planning table, to balance out the high risk tolerance of the

rest of the leadership at Biotech. A “big picture” perspective is

definitely needed here

Step 3:


Review the

Succession Planning Table

Part One

that your Group used to outline

leadership competencies for each of the five positions. (You may also wish to review

any feedback received from your Instructor about thi

s Table.)

Step 4:


Assessment Tests

Complete the following Self

Assessment tests (also found under Week Five Content).

Save the results of each test, as they will need to be included in the Appendix.

Jung Personality Typology Test

Communication Skills Test…

Self Esteem Test…

Leadership Skills Test…

Leadership Style Test…

Cultural Intelligence Test…

Emotional Intelligence Test…

Ultimate Ethics Quiz

Step 5:

Choose One

Based upon the results of these tests, and your review of the leadership competencies

required for each position,

choose ONE of the five positions for which you wish to put

yourself forward.

Step 6:

Write a Memo

Write a memo to President and CEO, Maximillan Barney using the format outlined


Your Memo will be addressed to Mr. Maximillian Barney, the CEO and

President of

Biotech. The Memo should be single

spaced. The Memo should include the following

structural elements:





The report should contain the following sections,

with each section supported by course



Label each sec

tion using Roman Numerals I through X.


Briefly introduce yourself to Mr. Barney and describe the purpose of

your memo.

Identify the position you wish to be considered:


Briefly review the leadership competencies identified as important for the person

that occupies this position.


Summarize the leadership competencies that you feel you have that make you a

qualified candidate for this position. This should be a summary, as

you will get

into more detail in upcoming sections.

Identify the outcomes of your Jung Personality Test and Self

Esteem Test, and

describe why your personality is suited to the position.

Identify the outcomes of the Communications Skills Test, and describe why you have the communication skills suited to this position.

Identify the outcomes of the Leadership Skills Test and the Leadership Style

Test, and describe why you have the leadership skills and appropriate leadership style for this position.

Identify the outcomes of the Cultural Intelligence Test and Emotional Intelligence Test and describe why you have the CQ and the EQ suited to this position.

Identify the outcomes of the Ultimate Ethics Quiz, and describe why you have the moral compass suited to this position.

Conclusion briefly summarize for Mr. Barney why you should be considered for this position.

Reference Page (in APA format)

Appendix to include the results of all self assessment tests described in the memo in sections III through VII.

Other Required Elements:

  • This is a memo to Mr. Barney, the CEO. There is a fine line between stating your case, and taking up too much of Mr. Barney’s time. There is not a strict page limit to this memo, but you should attempt to keep it to no more than 4 pages, single spaced (not including cover page, reference page, and appendix).
  • Read the grading rubric for the project. Use the grading rubric while completing the project to ensure all requirements are met that will lead to the highest possible grade.
  • Contractions are not used in business memos, so do not use them.
  • Paraphrase and do not use direct quotation marks. This means you do not use more than four consecutive words from a source document, but put a passage from a source document into your own words and attribute the passage to the source document, using in-text citations in APA format.
  • In-text citations should be included in ALL SECTIONS of the memo, and should demonstrate application of the course material. Note that a reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa
  • Provide the page or paragraph number, where applicable.

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