This course presents multiple perspectives and approaches to studying, defining, applying, and evaluating the concept (and practice) of leadership. Students will read and discuss classic, as well as recent, approaches in the academic leadership literature to understand what is implied for developing and sustaining themselves as leaders throughout their careers. The course is based on the assumptions that there is not one correct way to lead and that all leaders are works in progress because there is no final goal to reach that makes them effective leaders. Through case studies and simulations, students will examine the effectiveness of different traits, styles, and philosophies in critical leadership activities such as maintaining ethical standards, mobilizing different constituents, leading change, resolving conflict, and managing employee performance.


Academic course objectives:


·         Provide students with the tools for improvement as leaders

·         Examine ethical leadership with authority and without authority

·         Explore leadership traits: the sunny side and the dark side

·         Explore leadership styles: the situation and the context

·         Study leadership and communication: leading through adversity and change

·         Study leadership and communication: supervision and managing the performance of others


Elements of the course grade:


Participation in class discussion                                  10%

Participation in class exercises                                    10%

Turnaround simulation                                                10%

Weekly leadership journal                                           20%

Model leader paper (group paper)                               25%

Career action plan/personal instruction manual          25%