MMSL 6905 – Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents APA

MMSL 6905 – Capstone: A Case for Leaders as Change Agents

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Portfolio of Visions

Life Mission Statement

Develop a life mission statement for yourself. A mission statement captures the essence of where you want to go and what it means to exist. It is a very general statement about what you want to do with your life. The question at the end of your life will be, “Did I accomplish my mission in life?” It may be helpful to start your mission statement with “My life mission statement is…”

Sample Life Mission Statement

My life mission statement is to assist individuals and organizations to maximize their potentialities: Here is an example of a life mission statement:

“My life mission statement is to live with integrity and empathy, become a positive force in the lives of others and apply my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and optimism to cultivate the growth and worth within the lives of individuals around the world.”

Life Vision Statement (minimum 1 page)

A vision statement expands on the mission statement and further elaborates upon how the mission will become actualized.

Sample Life Vision Statement (minimum 1 page)

“My life vision is to provide influence toward creating a world where an individual has the ability to contribute with their full potential; where each person applies their intrinsic genius and leadership to foster outstanding value, peace, and worth. My life will be rich with laughter, family, friends, compassion, and learning. I will strive to live each day as though I had the power and inspiration essential to influence the world. Through genuinely listening to and serving others, I will strive to learn new philosophies and gain a deeper understanding for myself and those that surround me. I will seek to increase mastery over life’s trials and hardships through expanding my awareness and influence. Throughout my life, I will act in ways that allow me to rise above and become a beacon of light for those who elect to follow or lead along my journey. Through my adulthood, I will trust my dreams, visions, and aspirations to ensure I never become a prisoner of fear. I will remain humble and use my own personal victories and accomplishments to create value for others. I strive to continue to seek new and innovative sources of knowledge and for learning and growth. I will continue my evolution as a spiritual being and never lose sight of the fact that I have the power to create; create my own reality and my own environment that can be occupied with each of my dreams and desires. When my end days come, I want to be able to say, “I may not have reached the Moon, but I have most definitely landed on a star.” I choose to make a difference in this world.”

My Walden Path (minimum 3-4 pages)

Begin by reviewing all of your journals written while participating in the Walden University MSL program. How has this experience evolved your theory of leadership? How does this evolved theory inform your life mission? Draw upon your “End of Course Reflection Journals” to discuss how you have changed and how your leadership has changed.

Provide a detailed description of the most important things that you have learned during your time in the MSL program. Recall some of your expectations upon entering Walden University and describe to what extent those expectations have been met. How has your MSL experience shaped who you have become? How does who you have become enable you to more fully live your life mission and vision?

Final Stages of Life (minimum 3-4 pages

Address each of the following questions as you what you hope to have accomplished throughout your life:

How do you see your final stages of life?

What do you want to have accomplished by the end of your life?

As you consider your final stages of life and the possibility of having more free time, how do you see yourself using your free time?

What do hope to have learned about life in general?

What is truly important to you when you think about creating a meaningful life for yourself and those you love? It is not about what we have but what we do with our lives that will bring us the most joy. You can have all of the toys in the world and be truly miserable.

Key Life Areas:

Goals

A goal is something that you want to achieve. It is the “what you want to do.” Goals can be relatively short term (1 year) or much longer in duration. Because of its general nature, a goal is not always measurable in and of itself, but provides direction and focus for more specific statements known as objects and action steps. The farther away in time the goal is away from this moment, the less we can see in terms of how to accomplish it. For example, if you reflect back upon your decision path to attend graduate school, the farther away you were from making it happen, the less you knew about how it was going to happen. As you moved closer towards making your decision, it became less a statement about “I want to attend graduate school” and more a statement of “I want to attend graduate school at Walden University.”

There are many key areas in life that afford you opportunities to become successful. Write at least one goal for each key life area. Include goals for 1 year, 5 years, 15 years, and 20 years:

Sample Mental and Education One–Year Goal:

To develop a tribal leadership program for indigenous people around the world that is steeped in indigenous traditions and is aligned with their spiritual practices.

Action Statements

An action statement is just what it implies. It is a statement of intended actions in order to achieve a goal. It helps us to outline what we have to do in order to accomplish something of interest.

Sample Action Statement

In order to create a tribal leadership program, I will find a platform and the resources to create this program. Since I do not have the resources on my own, I will find like-minded people who share this vision to help me fulfill my dream of helping indigenous people improve their lives. I want to accomplish this within five years.

Objectives

Objectives are measurable statements that are aligned with individual goals. The statement has a definite time frame associated with it and often includes specific numbers.

Sample One–Year Objective:

I will write a proposal by July 31, 20__ for funding the pilot tribal leadership program at one American Indian reservation.

Use the format described above to write your Portfolio of Visions. Write at least one goal and action statement for each key life area. Write at least one objective for each goal during the first year only.

Listed below are the several key areas:

I. Family and Home

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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Action Statement:

5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Objective:

II. Financial and Career

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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Action Statement:

5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

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III. Spiritual and Ethical

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

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IV. Physical and Health

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

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V. Social and Cultural

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

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VI. Mental and Educational

Establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

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Action Statement:

5 years

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15 years

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20 years

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In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

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Final Paper Outline

Life Mission Statement

Life Vision Statement

My Walden Path

Key Life Areas:

Family and Home

Financial and Career

Spiritual and Ethical

Physical and Health

Social and Cultural

Mental and Educational

For each area establish at least one Goal and one Action Step for the following time periods:

1 year

5 years

15 years

20 years

In addition, also include an Objective for each of your 1-year goals.

Final Stages of Life

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