A minimum of two full double-spaced pages (many of you will write more and that’s fine!) word processed (no handwritten copies will be accepted), 12-point font Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri only, 1” margins and stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Unstapled papers will be penalized 5 points. Use the standard MLA heading; you don’t need a cover page.
Your take-home essay is to be a reflection about what you learned about federal government and leadership in the course. The first paragraph or introduction should tell how you felt about going into the course. Were you excited about studying federal government, or was it just a requirement? What did you hope to learn? How did you feel about the course when Dr. McConachie said it was a Leadership Development Course?
The first part of the body of the paper should describe in seven (7) short paragraphs with two or three complete sentences, seven (7) things you now know about federal government that you didn’t know prior to taking this class. Try to draw from throughout the semester. Tell what it is you learned, what you learned and why you chose it. Do not use a bullet list or you will be penalized.
After these seven paragraphs, write a longer paragraph or two about how this course impacted your view of leadership. Did you learn anything about leadership? If so, what? Do you feel you gained anything as a leader? Why or why not? Now, please feel free to be honest. If you think the leadership component of this course was a waste of time, say so; but be able to defend it
with specific examples or evidence. By the same token, if you think the leadership component really helped the course, do the same.
Finally conclude your paper (one paragraph) by evaluating whether combining federal government and leadership is a good idea. If so, what changes would you make? If not, why not?