California Future Business Leaders of America

Your Future Is Our Business


  • Category: Objective Test 
    Type: Individual 

    ELIGIBILITY: The participant may not have previously competed in this event at the national level.

    STATE: Each local chapter may enter three (3) members.
    NATIONAL: The top four(4) places in the state competition will represent California at the National Leadership Conference. NOTE: Some SLC top-10 competitors will become eligible for the national conference as a result of drops. Make sure you get early approval from your parents to attend the National Conference so you will be in a position to say "yes" to your adviser if you are "bumped up".

    Overview: 60-minute test administered during the Conference.

    Objective Test Competencies: Leadership Concepts; Leadership Managerial Roles; Behavior and Motivation; Networking; Communication Skills; Leader and Follower Relations; Team Leadership; Self-Managed Teams; Strategic Leadership for Managing Crises and Change; Levels of Leadership; Leadership Theory; Traits of Effective Leaders; Personality Profile of Effective Leaders; Leadership Attitudes; Ethical Leadership; Relationship Between Power, Politics, Networking, and Negotiation; Coaching; Managing Conflict; Team Decision Making; Organizational Politics; Team Skills; Charismatic and Transformational Leadership; Stewardship and Servant Leadership; Diverse Setting

    Skills: A dual focused management approach that works towards what is best for individuals and what is best for a group as a whole is the focus of organizational leadership. It is also an attitude and a work ethic that empowers an individual in any role to lead from the top, middle, or bottom of an organization. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of leadership within business organizations.

    Leadership Concepts
    1. Explain why leadership is important.
    2. Define leadership.
    3. Explain how self-assessment is used to determine leadership potential.
    4. Describe characteristics of leaders (initiative, ability to function independently, followthrough, ethics, ability to respond to ambiguity and change, resiliency, positive attitude, confidence, record of excellence).
    Leadership Managerial Roles
    1. Describe interpersonal roles for managerial leadership.
    2. Explain informational roles for managerial leadership.
    3. Describe decisional roles of managerial leaders.
    4. Understand the importance of effective research for leadership decisions.
    5. Appreciate the perspectives of other individuals within an organization.
    6. Explain how successful leaders use reflection and application for future challenges.
    7. Explain the importance of analyzing situations to gain a more comprehensive understanding.
    8. Explain how leaders connect individual thinking with systems thinking.
    9. Explain the importance of evaluating different alternatives to make the best decisions.
    10. Explain how problem solving and decision making are key duties for leaders.
    11. Explain how problem solving and decision making are key duties for leaders.
    12. Explain how self-understanding (personal values, personal contributions, scope of competence) determines leadership capabilities.
    Behavior and Motivation
    1. Compare leadership styles.
    2. Explain the difference between job-centered and employee-centered behavior.
    3. Explain the motivation process for leadership
    4. Compare and contrast motivation theories.
    5. Define Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
    6. Explain the need for individuals to balance professional and personal needs.
    7. Define the Equity Theory, Expectancy Theory, Reinforcement Theory, and Goal-Setting Theory for motivation.
    1. Define professional networking.
    2. Explain the relationship between professional networking and leadership.
    3. Explain the leadership advantages of forming professional networks.
    4. Describe the power of productive interpersonal interaction.
    5. Describe characteristics of productive leaders (appropriate interaction with others, empathy, mentoring, helping others, motivation, empowerment, feedback, supervision, collaboration, other’s contributions).
    Communication Skills
    1. Explain how successful leadership is based upon solid communication
    2. Define the elements of the communication process (sender, receiver, message, feedback).
    3. Explain common approaches to getting feedback on messages.
    4. Explain the power of nonverbal communication.
    5. Explain the role of conflict negotiation for groups
    6. Explain the importance of listening skills.
    Leader and Follower Relations
    1. Define the Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory.
    2. Describe how group dynamics impact team building for leadership.
    3. Explain strategies for developing positive leader-member relations.
    4. Explain the importance of effective leader feedback.
    5. List characteristics of an effective follower.
    6. Explain the dual role of being a leader and a follower.
    Team Leadership
    1. Explain the use of teams in organizations.
    2. Explain the difference between a group and a team.
    3. Explain advantages and disadvantages of teamwork.
    4. Describe characteristics of effective teams and the role of leadership.
    5. Differentiate characteristics of different teams (functional, cross-functional, self-managed).
    Self-Managed Teams
    Strategic Leadership for Managing Crises and Change
    1. Explain the need to analyze the environment to form a strategic vision.
    2. Explain the importance mission statement, objectives, and strategic planning/implementation for leadership.
    3. Explain the importance of evaluating leadership strategies.
    4. Explain the need for leadership in crisis situations.
    5. Define crisis management.
    6. List the five-step process for crisis management (risk identification, risk assessment and ranking, risk reduction strategies, crisis prevention simulations, crisis management).
    7. Recognize the need for change.
    8. Understand why people resist change.
    9. Define the change process.
    10. Explain the mission, vision, goals, plan, and organization for making leadership decisions.
    Levels of Leadership
    1. Explain individual leadership.
    2. Describe leadership within a group.
    3. Define organizational leadership.
    4. Describe interrelationships among individual, group, and organizational leadership.
    Leadership Theory
    1. Describe leadership theory.
    2. Explain application of leadership theory.
    3. Explain leadership skill development and the need for flexibility.
    Traits of Effective Leaders
    1. Define traits of effective leaders.
    2. Explain how leadership traits can be acquired.
    Personality Profile of Effective Leaders
    1. ExplainTheory.
    2. Define the Leader Motive Profile.
    3. Explain how self-assessment is used to determine leadership qualities.
    Leadership Attitudes
    1. Differentiate Theory X and Theory Y styles of leadership.
    2. Explain how attitudes influence leadership styles.
    3. Explain the Pygmalion Effect on Leadership
    Ethical Leadership
    1. Explain ethical leadership behavior.
    2. Explain how personality traits and attitudes, moral development, and the situation affect ethical behavior.
    3. Describe how people justify unethical behavior.
    4. Describe simple guides to ethical behavior.
    5. List characteristics of ethical leaders.
    Relationship Between Power, Politics, Networking, and Negotiation
    1. Describe sources of power for leaders
    2. Explain types of power, influencing tactics, and ways to increase personal power.
    1. Explain the relationship between coaching and leadership.
    2. Describe why criticism does not work.
    3. Explain how mentoring is used to prepare future leaders.
    Managing Conflict
    1. Describe conflict management styles.
    2. Define conflict resolution and mediation
    Team Decision Making
    1. Describe the difference between leader-centered and group-centered decision making.
    2. Explain the difference between individual and team decision making.
    Organizational Politics
    1. Explain the nature of organizational politics.
    2. Explain the relationship between political behavior and leadership.
    Team Skills
    Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
    1. Describe factors that determine personal meaning.
    2. Describe characteristics of charismatic leaders.
    3. Explain the effects of charismatic leadership.
    4. Define attributes and behaviors for transformational leadership.
    Stewardship and Servant Leadership
    1. Explain the nature of stewardship and servant leadership.
    2. Describe the framework for stewardship and servant leadership.
    Diverse Setting
    1. Understand the power of culture.
    2. Differentiate characteristics of low-performance and high-performance culture.
    3. Describe how leaders are culture creators.
    4. Explain how culture, values, diversity, and the learning organization influence the role of leaders.
    5. Define diversity and explain the importance of inclusion for decision making.
    6. Explain the importance of social responsibility.


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