Purpose: This paper will build on your opinion from the in class writing activity (Is leadership taught or is
it an innate skill). You will support your opinion, consider the differences between management and leadership
and decide whether leadership can be taught by supporting your opinion through research.
Directions: Students need to use at least SEVEN SOURCES for this paper. Three (3) scholarly and three
(3) non-scholarly sources to research the differences between management and leadership and answer the
question on whether they feel leadership can be taught or if it is an innate skill by supporting their answer with
the research they find. The other one source can be either type of source. A non-scholarly source meaning not
peer reviewed journals or books. Non-scholarly sources must add substantial support to your argument. Sources
such as brainyquotes.com, dictionary.com, etc. will not count towards your non-scholarly sources. Acceptable
non-scholarly sources include newspaper articles, blog posts, webinar material, etc.
The premise of this paper is to get you, the student, to do two things:
1. (Minor Premise~1-2 paragraphs) Differentiate management from leadership by not only defining the
differences, but showing relevant examples of both and being able to explain the differences between the two
2. (Major Premise~6-8 paragraphs/Thesis focused) Answer the question of whether leadership can be taught or
if it is an innate skill. An answer of either yes or no is fine the important part to this question is that you support
your answer with research to back up your opinion.
Format of paper:
There should be a title page following APA format
1 margins, 12 point Times New Roman font & double spaced throughout the paper.
Use different levels of heading to organize your paper into: minor premise, major premise, (write
specific not generic headings) and conclusion. See example for correct APA format.
Use APA guidelines in writing this paper.
Sources must be used in this paper, minimum of 7; These sources must be in your reference list and
cited within the text- a dictionary is not a source that will count towards one of your three scholarly
Underline your Thesis
Minimum 5 full pages-maximum 6 pages in length of content, Title and Reference pages do not count
towards your 5-6 pages
APA Reference List resources:
A. Total of 7 sources referenced (3 scholarly & 3 non-scholarly, 1 your choice):
Sources must contribute to paper adding support to your opinion.
Must have an author or an organization named
To be scholarly, must be well-thought out, researched and has proven value
Sources that are not scholarly:
iii. News websites such as espn.com
First Draft Position Paper Directions Page 2
iv. Novels such as Outliers, The Mentor Leader, etc.
v. Personal experiences (citing personal communication from someone other than yourself)
Starting places to search for scholarly, peer reviewed research:
i. MU library search engines
ii. Google Scholar
iii. Journals or scholarly books
B. Listed each source in the correct APA format (web pages are listed in webpage form, books in book
Punctuation, and format such as italicized, underline, hanging indents, double space, etc.
Include all required information for specific type of source, including DOI # if relevant
Information on Bibliography alphabetical order by first authors last name
All sources are correctly cited in-text and on Bibliography
Things to note:
The emphasis of this paper is to expand upon your opinion from the in class writing activity
utilizing scholarly and non-scholarly evidence to support your argument.
You must be able to differentiate management from leadership and use examples to explain how
they are different.
Can leadership be taught? Yes or no. You chose your side in the in class writing activity, and now
must support that choice utilizing a minimum of 7 sources.
Use formal writing, avoid 1st person statements unless talking about a personal situation (keep this to
a minimum of two or less) or quote
You are only allowed to use up to 1 direct quote in your paper; otherwise you should summarize the
information from your resource and cite it. If you do have a quote you should explain it, dont just
throw it into your paper. The quote should not be any longer than 40 words in length.
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