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  1. Although sound moral judgment is an important characteristic of an effective leader, it is not as important as a leader’s ability to maintain the respect of his or her peers. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay: Today society is what our leaders wanted it to be. Each action they take, every decision they make, puts a mark in history. So in an era of socio-technical evolution, the qualities of leaders require much attention more than anytime before. Sound moral judgment is a relatively more important characteristic of an effective leader than the ability to maintain peers' respect. Leadership is not an inherent quality. It can rather be defined as a personality type which is socially approved for its consistent portrayal of social well-wishing characteristic. Simplifying words, leadership is all about maintaining a favourable image approved by the group being led. This image is really important for a leader to safeguard because if once breached, followers will no longer put faith in his actions or judgement. Sound moral judgement is something that every follower expects from their leader regardless of their philosophical backgrounds. If a leader becomes more careful about maintaining his/her peers' respect, at one point his followers will eventually notice his ill judgement in case of peers. He will then no longer be trusted as an effective leader. No one wants to be a leader if they don't really want to stay effective in that position. So, a leader to maintain his position effectively must prioritize on sound moral judgement over peers.
  2. Issue Task Claim: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. Reason: It is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. A city is a place where the finances and administration of a nation is concentrated. Cities are the financial and cultural centres of a nation. It is in the cities where the nation’s diverse populace converge and disseminate ideas and values which serve as a foundation on which a nation develops. Cities form the backbone of the cultural values of a nation. It is for this reason that Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. This is because it is primarily in cities that a nation’s cultural traditions are preserved and generated. It is a well-known fact that cities represent the refinement that has been achieved in almost every aspect of culture in human society. It is in the cities where the essential administrative, financial and cultural activities of a nation operate. When nations want to exchange a particular commodity or aspect be it administrative, financial or cultural, they mainly do that by selecting a city for that exchange. When a foreign delegate visits a nation, it is in the major cities where they mainly visit to discuss important matters. Cities can serve as a place where a multitude of different people from different provinces and different nations live. It is in the cities where the major educational institutions of a country are located rather being located in a rustic environment. This is because the tools and supplies that are needed for the advancement of education are easily available in a city. Major industrial centres are located close to major cities. This is because raw materials needed for the industries and factories to operate can be sourced more easily in major cities. A city often harbours a major port from where goods and commodities from other nations can be exchanged. Without financial backing from the government, cities would cease to function properly. If the financial condition of a city deteriorates, they would no longer serve as the financial and technological hub of a nation. The cultural values required for a nation to grow may stop germinating and the existing cultural values, without preservation, would also cease to exist. With that being said, the rural areas of a nation are also culturally important. This is because cities develop in areas which were once villages. All the cultural values may not be present in a nation’s cities. For that reason, villages are also important to a nation. A city is the nucleus of the financial and cultural aspects of a nation. Without financial backing a city may cease to function properly and the cultural development of a nation may be sapped. A culturally deficient nation would lag behind other nations and may quickly face a situation where people would reject living in such a nation. Argument Task The following appeared as a letter to the editor from a Central Plaza store owner. "Over the past two years, the number of shoppers in Central Plaza has been steadily decreasing while the popularity of skateboarding has increased dramatically. Many Central Plaza store owners believe that the decrease in their business is due to the number of skateboard users in the plaza. There has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of litter and vandalism throughout the plaza. Thus, we recommend that the city prohibit skateboarding in Central Plaza. If skateboarding is prohibited here, we predict that business in Central Plaza will return to its previously high levels." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. The argument is flawed for numerous reasons. It makes many unwarranted assumptions which render the main conclusion that prohibiting skateboarding in Central Plaza will allow the business there to regain its lost ground invalid. The argument makes an unjustified assumption that increased number of skateboard users alone have contributed to the decrease in business in Central Plaza due to their skateboarding activity. This may not always be true. Business in Central Plaza may be affected due to a varying number of reasons other than skateboarding. It may be the fact that the economic condition of the city may have taken a downward turn for the last two years which has decreased customers’ interest in shopping in Central Plaza. It may be true that the city or country is undergoing an economic recession which has had a detrimental effect on shopping activity in general. It has also been observed that the decrease in shopping is due to the increase in litter and vandalism throughout the plaza. The reason for that has been erroneously attributed to the increase in skateboarding alone. The increased litter and vandalism may not entirely be due to the increase in skateboarding. It may be due to the fact the plaza area may be hosting some event or fair to offset the decrease in shopping activity. The activities in the fair have caused widespread littering and vandalism. Temporary settlements may have proliferated in the plaza region which may have also contributed to the increase in littering and vandalism. It may also be due to the fact that proper cleaning and sanitation activities have not been going on properly in Central Plaza and the administrative officials have been remiss in their duties. Prohibiting skateboarding alone in the plaza may not see a remarkable turnover in shopping activity in the plaza. For that reason the city officials have to take various other steps to ensure that the shopping activity in the plaza is restored to its normal levels which was present two years ago. It might very well be the case that shoppers have discovered a substitute to Central Plaza in a different part of the city which caters more to their shopping needs. Maybe the plaza area needs some renovation to woo back more of its potential shoppers. The city administration may designate a particular place and time in Central Plaza where skateboarding activity may proceed without interfering with the normal shopping activity instead of prohibiting skateboarding altogether. The potential shoppers can also be lured back if the store owners offer some attractive incentives which would render the skateboarding problem insignificant. Since it makes many unwarranted assumptions, the argument fails to make a convincing case that prohibiting skateboarding in Central Plaza would allow the business there to return to its previous high levels.
  3. Although sound moral judgment is an important characteristic of an effective leader, it is not as important as a leader’s ability to maintain the respect of his or her peers. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. A group of people can bring about a big change only in the guidance of a great leader. The leader is the one which shapes the decision of the group and leads them to success. So, the representative of the group should have some basic qualities to lead the group. There are several leadership skills, but there are some which are necessary and sufficient to become a great leader. One of them is respecting his peers which is necessary to lead and convince his pupils. But the ability of making a sound moral judgement is highly important and absolutely necessary for leadership. There are times when a group of people become so furious that they decide to take the violent path to express their views, which could have devastating effects. At these crucial moments it is the duty of the leader to come forward and explain his pupils the repurcations of their actions instead of letting them do what they want. A great example of this would be the great leader Mahatma Gandhi who always guided his people towards the path on non-violence and non-cooperation for the fight against the British rule. Gandhi ji was quite successful in his campaign and helped India to gain independence with minimum violence even when some pwople wanted to opt the violent path. Therefore, a good decision by a leader could help to solve a problem peacefully and thus prevent unnecessary violence. Moreover, a sound moral judgement by a leader could also help to gain his peers' respect and admiration in the long term. Also, the leader must be able to respect his people and must understand that his power relies in their faith. Taking his people for granted will dissolve the group and their strength too. So, to hold the group together in desperate times the leader must choose to take the side of his people instead of confronting them. Finally, one could say that the leader must respect his or her peers but the quality of making a sound moral judgement is of utmost importance for his leadership.
  4. To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. The true characteristics of a society can only be found in small towns and villages where heritage and traditions sill in extant. The most of urban cities are diversified by people from different societies who came and settled in for various reasons such as education and employment. Urban cities are developed mostly with benchmark of cities from western countries. In major cities of India like Chennai, Bombay and Bangalore, we can see the population of non-natives are more than natives, due to this the birds-view study of a major city will not produce an accurate result of its true characteristics. In contrast, small towns and villages, we can still see a vast number of people still holding their customs and traditions for generations- the traditional festivals, foods, Old Gods, martial arts etc can be seen celebrated there which were long forgotten by urban community. However, due the amorphous development of internet and media, the small towns even getting changed. As per saying “change is the only thing will never change” – the characteristics of the socity will also will not be constant. The one which is considered as rule may considered as taboo in future. Still, the results collected from the any one developed urban part of a vast nation will not reflect the character of the bucolic village next to it.
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