I. Course Rationale
Leadership is about creating change. The dynamic nature of the business environment today renders organizational change a necessity, whether it is a Fortune 500 or 100 employee company, a for-profit or a not for profit organization. Hence, the ability to deal with change, whether planned or unplanned, is paramount to an organization’s success. The goal of this class is to provide you with the skills and personal insight to lead any type of organization.
II. Course Description, Purpose, Student Learning
Outcomes & Assessment
A. Course Description
From the catalog: Leadership, communicating vision, initiating changes and innovation, and developing leadership competencies through self-assessment.
B. Purpose of Course
This course focuses on skills related to leadership, communication skills related to casting a vision, methods for creating change while minimizing resistance, and assessments to gain personal insight and leadership qualities. Theories, methods and findings relevant to changing individuals and groups in organizations and changing organizations will be covered.
C. Specific Learning Outcomes
The program goals of the College of Business Administration are that graduates will be:
Able to analyze Ethical Problems
Global in their perspective
Knowledgeable about the essentials of business
This course aligns with these goals through specific learning outcomes. By the end of this course, students will be expected to:
Discuss the role of individual difference characteristics in leadership.
Compare and contrast leadership and management.
Define power sources in an organization and its key role in leadership.
Identify ways to motivate, empower, and inspire others.
Describe different models and theories of leadership.
Explain the leadership practices necessary to implement change, including overcoming resistance to change and the importance of vision.
Describe the role culture, diversity and gender can play in leadership.
Demonstrate skills in communication, negotiation and problem solving in a group environment.
Have a greater self-knowledge so that you can create a personal mission statement which will help you lead others.
The specific learning outcomes from the different assignments are:
The presentations on the chapters from different books help you to learn to extract the main and essential information from the chapters, and integrate and synthesize them into one short presentation. The presentations also provide you with the opportunities to speak in public, facilitate a class, and serve as “judges” during presentations.
In the individual literature review paper, you learn how to carry out research by identifying a topic of interest; searching for and identifying sources for the relevant articles; organizing and structuring the articles; and writing a short research-styled paper according to APA Guidelines (5th ed.).
The group project is applied research as compared to the literature review, which is theoretical research. Through this group project, you learn to work in a team; carry out applied research such as searching for and identifying sources of information on companies, industry, political environment, etc.; write a research paper and two memos; and make presentations to the companies.
The case analyses permit you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a “quasi-real” situation.
The interview with an organizational leader will provide a second person view of diagnosing, initiating and sustaining change initiatives.
D. Instructional Strategies
This is an experiential, dynamic and interactive course. You will learn how to work alone as well as in teams. Class learning activities include class discussion; preparing presentation slides and making group presentations; individual and group research; and writing individual and group papers.
E. Instructional Philosophy
The instructional strategy for this course is based on the premise that students require a broad range of activities and full involvement in the learning process. Students may expect the learning experiences to include lecture, group discussion, readings from texts as well as current literature, oral presentation, discussion of current research and group learning projects. Students are expected to read and understand the reading material in advance of class.
III. Course Readings and Materials
The following text was selected for their relevance, fundamental content and readability.
Leading Organizations. Prepared for Mark E. Nicholson, PsyD. Leadership in Organizations MGT 475. Pearson Custom Publishing ISBN 13: 978-1-269-77992-0.
Optional reading: No material from these sources will occur on class exams.
Maxwell, J. (1993). Developing the Leader Within You. Thomas Nelson, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-7852-8112-2
Blanchard, K. (2007) Leading at a Higher Level. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN 0-13-234772-5