McRaven Paper

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I’m working on a writing discussion question and need an explanation to help me understand better.

Background Information:

William Harry McRaven is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he was the chancellor of The University of Texas System. Admiral McRaven is credited for organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special operations raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Osama bin Laden financed and supported the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. McRaven later gained internet fame during a 2014 commencement speech at The University of Texas. Please see the link below.

The ability to author a well written reflection paper is a staple undergraduate work. By mid-semester you are to read the book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by retired U.S. Navy Admiral William Harry McRaven and craft a reflection paper using the following guidelines.

Paper Structure:

Your paper should be written according to APA guidelines and include an abstract and cover-page with the assignment title, your name, date, university name, school name, course number, and professor. (See sample cover page below). Your paper should be no less than seven pages in length, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and include a reference page. There is no penalty for writing more than the required page count. Please note that your cover page and reference pages do NOT count towards the total page count. Do not plagiarize as each submitted paper will be scanned through iThenticate plagiarism software. References from course textbook and Goggins’ book should be followed by a proper in-text citation. Please use the grading rubric on Page 4 below when constructing your paper.

Paper Content:

In your seven-page paper, answer the following questions. Each section of your paper should be labeled with the corresponding question in bold. (Repeating the questions do NOT count towards the total page count).

  • Provide an abstract of the lessons offered by William McRaven. This should be no shorter than half a page and no longer than one full page.
  • The book discusses how we all lead ourselves. Provide multiple examples when William McRaven exhibits this leadership trait. Make sure to cite the textbook when defining Leadership. Discuss Leadership’s relation to Self-Leadership.
  • Why is it important to support those on your team when they are “weak?” Why is it important to have a strong network of people who support you? Why is it important to support others in general? Make sure to cite the book when sourcing your examples.
  • Using the textbook as a reference, discuss the relationships among age, gender, cultural differences, and self-leadership. According to McRaven, (cite the book here) why is it important to not judge someone only by their appearance? By their stature? By the way they talk? By how fast they run?
  • How do you deal with adversity? How can you foster the attitude that McRaven mentions in yourself and others?
  • What is a sugar cookie? Hint* It is not a confection made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Make sure to cite McRaven’s book when answering this question. What does McRaven mean when he says, “If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie.” What failures have you overcome? What adversity has made you stronger?
  • How did McRaven improve his time on the Slide for Life? Make sure to cite the book when answering this question. How does this action relate to the topics discussed in Chapter 5 of your textbook? Make sure to cite the book and textbook when answering this question.
  • What did McRaven mean when he said, “Don’t back down from the sharks?” Make sure to cite the book when answering this question. How does this philosophy relate to the topic of Locus of Control discussed in your textbook?
  • What is McRaven’s central theme in Chapter 10 of his book? How does this theme relate to the material in Chapter 3 of your textbook?
  • How can you pay this forward? Do you know anyone currently who can draw upon YOUR leadership, the McRaven story, and their own inspiration to overcome a fear or adversity they are presently facing?

See the sample cover page and grading rubric below.


*Students are required to use the following cover page template.


Submitted to


Dr. Edward A. Gibbons, III


Louisiana State University

School of Leadership and Human Resource Development

College of Human Sciences and Education

In partial fulfillment of course requirements for LHRD 2723



HSD. [Name of Highschool], [Year of HS graduation]










To work in the field of leadership and human resource development, individuals need to possess a diverse skillset which includes effective communication needed to create partnerships, convey messages, solve problems, and lead organizations. In today’s highly globalized world in which communication is a means of bridging distances, the emphasis on effective written communication is greater than ever. Thus, as future leaders, you will be required to develop and nurture your writing skills and demonstrate them through written assignments throughout this course.

It is expected that all written materials submitted in this course will be organized in a logical manner and be written in clear and understandable language. Submitted papers should be free of typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors, as these will influence your grade. Students should follow the Grading Rubrics and Written Assignment Preparation Guidelines provided by the instructor to ensure that they communicate their ideas effectively in writing.

Additionally, students should make sure their written responses are not based on personal opinions. It is expected that written assignments will include references which will support the students’ claims. When choosing references, students should make sure they cite reliable resources. Students are advised to use online resources available via LSU Libraries, but are not limited to materials available there. It is imperative that students cite the resources they used and include all works cited in the list of references.

Note: Students should follow APA guidelines for citations; however, it is also required to include page number for every reference to the textbook, regardless of whether a direct citation is used or not. This will help the instructor evaluate the understanding of key concepts from the textbook. You should include at least one reference to the textbook for each question.

All written assignments should follow APA guidelines, thus should:

  • Be double-spaced
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Have 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Include page numbers

Weekly assignments should also include:

  • Student’s name, as listed in Moodle
  • Course code and title
  • Date of submission

All assignments must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. No other format will be accepted. No late submissions will be accepted.

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