Position Paper: For this five page, double spaced position paper (APA format), you can select any topic that involves leadership, must include APA citations and bibliography. A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to. Ideas that you are considering need to be carefully examined in choosing a topic, developing your argument, and organizing your paper.
It is very important to ensure that you are addressing all sides of the issue and presenting it in a manner that is easy for your audience to understand.
Your job is to take one side of the argument and persuade your audience that you have well-founded knowledge of the topic being presented. It is important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims, as well as to address the counterclaims to show that you are well informed about both sides. Once your topic is selected, you should do some research on the subject matter.
While you may already have an opinion on your topic and an idea about which side of the argument you want to take, you need to ensure that your position is well supported. Listing out the pro and con sides of the topic will help you examine your ability to support your counterclaims, along with a list of supporting evidence for both sides.
A generic sample outline for a position paper contains:
An introduction, counter argument, your argument, and your conclusion. One resource has to be: Sinek, S. (2014). Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t. New York: Penguin Group. other resources should be official journals or collegiate level writings like Harvard Business Review.