BC611: Leading with Integrity

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Course Overview

This course takes a fresh look at leadership with the approach that leading others requires choosing an appropriate leadership method and becoming a servant-leader. Leadership also requires ethical principles, systems thinking, time management, strategic problem solving, accurate decision making, creativity, and effective risk-taking. Students will investigate a wide range of topics including:

  • Attributes, traits, and behavior of leaders
  • Situations and contexts for leadership
  • Issues of diversity including gender and cultural differences
  • Contemporary requirements for leaders

The course project is a Professional Leadership Plan: Assessing Potential for Leadership. In addition to completing a self-evaluation of their leadership potential, students will write a vision statement, mission statements, and statements of strategic intent for an organization, with special attention to diversity and ethics.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between management and leadership behaviors.
  • Describe current and successful theories and models of leadership and their respective value to business.
  • Identify personal leadership strengths and weaknesses with regard to problem analysis, judgment, decisiveness, organizational ability, sensitivity, and oral and written communication based on self-assessments.
  • Develop a personal and professional leadership plan based upon a personal working definition of leadership.
  • Create a company vision statement, mission statement, and statement of strategic intent, including goals and objectives.
  • Design diversity and ethics mission statements with goals and objectives to guide implementation.
  • Assess needs for leadership in a specific business environment and develop strategies to meet those needs.