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.