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.
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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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
2. Describe leadership within a group.
3. Define organizational leadership.
4. Describe interrelationships among individual, group, and organizational leadership.
2. Explain application of leadership theory.
3. Explain leadership skill development and the need for flexibility.
2. Explain how leadership traits can be acquired.
2. Define the Leader Motive Profile.
3. Explain how self-assessment is used to determine leadership qualities.
2. Explain how attitudes influence leadership styles.
3. Explain the Pygmalion Effect on Leadership
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.
2. Explain types of power, influencing tactics, and ways to increase personal power.
2. Describe why criticism does not work.
3. Explain how mentoring is used to prepare future leaders.
2. Define conflict resolution and mediation
2. Explain the difference between individual and team decision making.
2. Explain the relationship between political behavior and leadership.
2. Describe characteristics of charismatic leaders.
3. Explain the effects of charismatic leadership.
4. Define attributes and behaviors for transformational leadership.
2. Describe the framework for stewardship and servant leadership.
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.
- Career Development
- Arts, A/V Technology, & Communication
- Business Management & Administration
- Government & Public Administration
- Human Services
- Information Techology
- Law & Public Safety
- Marketing, Sales, & Service