The Positive Leader

The following assessment aims to examine how well you understand the relationship between authentic leadership, effective Leader-Member Exchange and management support and the psychological capital of employees of different employee groups. It continues the development of Cultural Competence Learning Outcome and Graduate Attribute by facilitating students’ increased knowledge and awareness about how authentic leadership, effective Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and management support interact on employees outcomes.


Pick a topic below and write a well-referenced literature review in response. You are expected to use the academic literature to support a well-constructed argument. This assignment must be submitted through the Turnitin link for this assignment.

1. What is the relationship between authentic leadership, Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and employees’ Psychological Capital (PsyCap)? Critically review the literature that explains how to build the Psychological Capital of some different types of employees (such as professionals versus administrative employees, emotional labour, blue collar versus white collar employees, different generational cohort, and/or different ethnicities)? Why do emotions (of for example leaders, managers, employees) significantly impact employees’ performance?

Marking criteria

Sections Assessing criteria Weightage
Literature review · Literature reviewed is relevant to the chosen topic 5 marks
Synthesis of the Literature Review · Critically analyse and synthesise the emerging themes from at least 6 journal arguments to support your argument

· Sources reviewed are acceptable and referenced correctly

20 marks
Applying the knowledge · Clearly address all aspects of the question 15 mark
Paragraphing · The introduction should have a topic sentence specifying the topic of the essay; a well-developed argument and an outline of the essay.

· Each paragraph that follows should be a well-constructed paragraph comprising approximately 150 words each. A paragraph should have a topic sentence. This should be followed by sentences that are referenced and add depth to the argument.

· The final paragraph should provide a summary of the essay. It requires no references and is usually shorter than other paragraphs.

10 marks

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