Leadership Book Review & Presentation – Guidelines & Rubric

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~ President Harry S. Truman
Introduction
In your BUS 230 class, you are reading about and learning various leadership theories. You are
also completing class activities designed to help you apply the theories in your everyday lives
(practice) based on your past and current circumstances. Effective leaders know it is important
to continue growing by reading about what other leaders share about their experiences (both
positive and negative) and unique situations. As you read more about leadership, you will
further refine your ideas about leadership and be able to evaluate the validity of what others
say.
Throughout each chapter of your eText, you will notice the Leader’s Bookshelf section. These
sections provide a wonderful way to learn more about an influential leader. If you are still not
convinced that leaders read, check out Business.com for the article titled, “Why Leaders Need
to Read (and How to Build a Reading Habit)”. Atchison (2020) shares 3 key reasons that
leaders are readers who: 1) are innovative and creative from making connections, 2) expand on
others’ ideas and experiences, and 3) are empathetic.
In Module 2, you were asked to share your book selection. If you have not yet done that, please
email Christie right away to get your book approved. It is quite possible that you will receive a 0
for your book review and presentation if you did not have prior approval by Week 5. Additionally,
only one student may select an author/company. It’s first-come, first-served and based on the
first person to share the leader/company and book title.
While you are not required to buy any book for this activity, you may wish to add this book to
your personal bookshelf. Please see what the LLCC library has available, as well as your local
library. If you struggle with reading, try listening to the audiobook, if one is available. Whatever
you decide, reserve your book today so you can begin your leadership learning!
Leadership Book Review & Presentation Learning Outcomes
After reading your leadership book, in order to successfully complete the book review and
presentation, you should be able to:
• Identify key personal traits and characteristics the author/leader developed.
• Describe the education and training that played a part in the leader’s development.
• Share how the leader used his/her traits for change and/or to transform others in the
organization through vision, strategic decisions, and shaping culture and values.
• Note how the leader grew and pivoted within the organization and possibly at another
organization.
Leadership Book Review (in Microsoft Word)
• Complete your book review using Microsoft Word (free to LLCC students; details provided in
the Course Information module in Canvas). Please save as a .docx file type (not a .pdf or
other extension)
• Create a citation in APA or MLA for your book and include it at the top of page one.
Author, title, publisher + city + state/country, publication year• Create an Introduction heading. Headings look like what I am using here in light blue
(yours does not have to be shaded).
Be sure to provide an introduction in the space below the heading.
Share why you selected this book, its relevance to the class, and what you hoped to learn
from reading it.
The introduction should be 1-2 paragraphs and no more than 1/3 of the page.
• Create a Summary heading. Remember, the summary provides facts from the book…not
your personal reflection or evaluation. Provide any or all of these in your summary:
Share the author’s background…education, training, work experience, company
Share the author’s main points, concepts, and/or theories offered; identify key personal traits
and characteristics the author/leader developed
Share the author’s study, survey, methods, etc. (if relevant)
Share the author’s suggested practical application
Share the author’s lessons learned; how did the author grow and pivot?
Share what the author did to bring about change to the organization or transform others
Share the author’s findings
Share the author’s conclusions
The entire summary should be no more than 1.5 pages of single-spaced paragraphs with
12-point spacing after each paragraph. (As you learned in CAS 121, adjust paragraph
spacing on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Line and Paragraph Spacing
button and then select 12-point spacing after using the up arrow; you can also search for a
YouTube video)
• Create a Reflection heading and then provide your reflection about what you read.
Does what the author shared seemed plausible given what you have learned about
leadership theories?
Did the book meet what you expected to learn?
Does the book offer modern-day advice on leadership based on the theories you have read
about in your class.
Were there any surprises?
Do you believe/value what the author said? If so, tell why/why not?
Be sure to share references to your BUS 230 eText and to cite it correctly.
This is where you can share your thoughts and opinions about the book.
The entire reflection should be no more than 1page.
• Create a Recommendation heading.
Share if you recommend this book to others. Explain why/why not.
Did the book add to your existing knowledge of leadership?
Would this book be something that all BUS 230 students should read?
The entire recommendation should be 1-2 paragraphs and no more than 1/3 of the page.Leadership Book Presentation (to be done after receiving a grade on
the book review)
• Complete your book presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (free to LLCC students;
details provided in the Course Information module in Canvas) and save with a .pptx
extension.
You may also use Canva or as an infographic application…likely saving as a .pdf. The
directions for the presentation will be provided for PowerPoint, though.
• Create a title slide that includes your first and last name, BUS 230 – Leadership, and the
name of your book and the author. You decide your preference for the title and subtitle text.
• Create an Introduction slide(s) that addresses key parts mentioned in the Word document
• Create a Summary slide(s) that addresses key parts mentioned in the Word document
• Create a Reflection slide(s) that addresses key parts mentioned in the Word document
• Create a Recommendation slide(s) that addresses key parts mentioned in the Word
document
• Last slide: Create a citation in APA or MLA for your book and include it at the top of page
one. Author, title, publisher + city + state/country, publication year
• Add a slide theme so you are not using a plain slide background
• Add transitions on all slides
• Add animations on all slides
• Add appropriate images, pictures, tables, SmartArt graphics, etc
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