From MAJ. Gornick.
Psychobiographies are a specific form of biography in which we evaluate an individual's life/leadership through the lens of psychology theory and research. They involve an examination of the life history of an individual. Detailed, in-depth case studies of individual leaders, tracing their personal, social, and political development. We seek to identify consistent patterns of behavior across time.
The key to a psychobiography is that we are starting with leadership theories and then discussing how a particular individual demonstrates (or does not demonstrate) that theory. A psychobiography is an exercise in applying what leadership research is telling us.
In this course you will be analyzing a VMI alumni through the lens of leadership theories. This assignment will be given in stages that correspond to course content and your own Self-Portrait.
Stage 1: Get to know your alumni
Identify why this individual is important, why they are considered a leader and evaluate important events in their life.
Stage 2: Leader characteristics
Identify this individuals core strengths and personal characteristics.
Stage 3: Leadership style
Identify how this leader manages their followers
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