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150 Points:  Personal Mastery Plan and Practice

Due:  Sunday midnight, Week ThreeLength: 4 – 5 pages (excluding title and reference pages), APA formatting


Your personal mastery plan and paper consists of four parts: your values, vision, purpose and a practice.  In your introduction define personal mastery and explain why it is important to your leadership development. Throughout your paper discuss any mental models that have impacted your choices of your values, purpose, vision and practice.


There is a list of values in the Fieldbook (p. 210).  You may use this to narrow down your values to your top three to five values.  Discuss your values and how they impact your decision-making, choices and leadership.  Also, consider how they impact your vision and purpose. What mental models may have impacted your choice of values?


Using Senge (2006, p. 136), define and describe the difference between purpose and vision.  Identify your personal purpose and vision and explain why these are important to your leadership. Make sure you are clear on the difference between a purpose statement and a vision statement.  A vision statement is a concrete snapshot or picture of your desired future state. This includes what you are doing, with whom, where etc.


A practice is anything done consistently and regularly that will enhance your personal mastery. Perhaps it is meditation or taking a deep breath before you walk into business meetings, some physical practice such as running or yoga, or mental practice like journal writing (if you are not now doing it). You may choose any of the practices in Senge including balancing inquiry and advocacy, weekly team dialogues, or, something from the list of questions in the mental models section of the Fieldbook as long as you can do it during this term. Your practice must be a specific task or behavior you will actually practice during this term to enhance your personal mastery.


Please note you will reflect back on your choices in this paper when preparing your Personal Mastery Update due in Week 8.



  1. Personal Mastery (PM)
    • Define (What is personal mastery?)
    • Why is PM important to your growth as a leader?


  1. Define and discuss each element of your plan
    • Values (Your top three to five values)
    • Purpose (What do you see as the rationale, reason for being, or point of your life?)
    • Vision (What is your desired future state? Be specific. You will be where, doing what and with whom?)
    • Practice (One thing you can do now to achieve the above.)


  • Summary/Next Steps


  1. References


OL 602

Rubric for Personal Mastery Assignment

Content Accuracy 30 – 26 Accurately defines personal mastery; uses terms values, vision, purpose and

practice appropriately.  Clearly demonstrates understanding of theoretical concepts.

25 – 21 Fairly accurate definition of personal mastery; uses most terms appropriately although one may be unclear or vaguely defined.  Demonstrates understanding of theoretical 20 – 16 Somewhat accurate

definition of personal mastery. Two elements of personal mastery are unclear or defined vaguely. Somewhat demonstrates understanding of theoretical

15 – 0 Personal mastery poorly defined. More than two elements of personal mastery are not well defined or are unclear. Limited if any demonstration of understanding of theoretical



    concepts. concepts. concepts.
Application 50 – 45 Clear and specific statements of personal values, purpose, vision and practice.  Supports narrative with specific examples. 44 – 39 One element of personal mastery is not clear (Purpose and vision are not clearly

differentiated, or a practice is not a specific activity to be conducted during the term. Supports narrative with examples.

38 – 33 Two elements of personal mastery are not clearly articulated.

Elements are discussed without providing personal examples. May support narrative with specific examples.

32 – 0 Two or more elements of personal mastery are vague or general.  Missing two or more personal examples of values, purpose, vision or practice. Limited if any use of examples.
Critical Analysis 45 – 40 Integrates quotes from texts effectively to illustrate key points. Clearly articulates the importance of personal mastery.  Clearly articulates how personal mastery will aid in future leadership development. Analyzes how they developed their four elements of personal mastery. 39 – 34

Some use of quotes for explanation. Importance given to personal mastery.  Somewhat clear link to own leadership development.  Some reflection on the development of their four elements of personal mastery.

33 – 28 Uses quotes from book without explanation.  Vague on importance of personal mastery to leadership development.  Little

reflection in evidence.

28 – 0 Ineffective in using text material.  Minimal reflective comments.  Seems unclear on value of personal mastery.  Little or no application to leadership development.
Writing Mechanics and APA 25 – 23 Supports analysis with two or more scholarly sources. Sections of paper are clearly noted and flow.  Writing reflects graduate level work.  No grammatical errors.

No APA errors

22 – 19 Supports analysis with one scholarly source; may use web sources that aren’t peerreviewed. Sections of paper somewhat noted and flow. Some minor grammar or APA errors. 18 – 15 Supports analysis with one or more sources that aren’t peer-reviewed. Sections not clearly noted.  Thoughts ramble. Numerous

grammar or APA errors

14 – 0 Limited if any support of analysis with citations.  Paper not acceptable for graduate level with unacceptable grammar and APA errors.



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