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Theories of Leadership   (LDR-345)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Theories of Leadership builds on the ideas introduced in Foundations of Leadership (LDR-305), strengthening the conceptual framework of the practice of leadership. Theories of Leadership provide an in-depth exploration of the primary theories of leadership and of the way those theories can be put to use in real leadership practice. Each student will have the opportunity to examine and discuss theory, to consider how theory can inform real or simulated practice, and to reflect on how theory plays a role in his/her personal and evolving concept of leadership. Thus, while the course treats abstract theoretical perspectives for framing leadership, it also links those perspectives with concrete situations and contexts and allows each student to link theory to actual business settings. Advisory: This course is best taken after LDR-305, Foundations of Leadership.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss with facility the primary theories of leadership.
  • Explain patterns and themes across different theories of leadership.
  • Synthesize different theories of leadership into a meaningful personal theory of leadership.
  • Draw connections between theory and practice and between leadership theory and leadership practice in particular.
  • Apply leadership theories to personal work, community activity, and other contexts.
  • Compare men and women in leadership roles, and evaluate the relevance of gender to leadership theories.
  • Analyze leadership as it is practiced by different cultures around the world, and evaluate the relevance of culture to leadership theories.
  • Assess the importance of ethics to the leadership theories and to personal leadership practice.
  • Propose a personal leadership development plan that takes into account individual traits, skills, styles, situations, and other factors.

 
Psychology of Effective Leadership   (PSY-284)   3.00 s.h.  
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This course will be developing effective leadership patterns. Students will be given an opportunity to assess their leadership patterns. Students will be given an opportunity to assess their leadership style and experiment with different orientations toward leadership. 
Foundations of Leadership   (LDR-305)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Foundations of Leadership provides a broad framework for understanding and practicing leadership within multiple contexts or situations. It examines leadership from the perspective of the leader as individual, the leader in interaction with followers, and the leader and followers interacting in specific contexts. In addition, the course examines issues such as leadership ethics and social responsibility, power and politics, conflict resolution, knowledge management, and cultural diversity. Students will have the opportunity to assess their leadership skills and to put into practice what they learn during the course.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the basic dynamics of leadership and how those dynamics function in interaction.
  • Assess their own leadership skills and style.
  • Analyze and discuss leadership scenarios from their real-life experiences.
  • Apply leadership skills to current work, community, or family contexts.
  • Discuss basic theoretical perspectives that have informed leadership thinking/research and synthesize them into a personal leadership orientation.
  • Summarize the role of ethics and social responsibility in leadership, and appraise their own ethical orientation in relation to personal leadership.
  • Describe the role of power in leadership, and evaluate how power plays out in contemporary business and political institutions.
  • Describe how leadership works in team-based situations, and apply team-based leadership to a real context.
  • Identify how creativity and innovation can enhance leadership, and apply this to a real-life leadership scenario.
  • Describe means by which leaders can effectively manage knowledge and information.
  • Discuss ways leadership differs within different national or cultural contexts, and evaluate leadership within a selected nation or culture.

 
Leadership Communication   (MAN-376)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Leadership Communication is an introduction to the study and practice of leadership from a communication perspective. The course focuses particularly on understanding leading as a symbolic process. Students will examine communication concepts and skills that will increase their effectiveness as leaders in a variety of leadership contexts: small group, organization, community, and society. Students will also learn how to deal with issues of culture, gender, and ethics, as well as how to handle crises and participate in leader development. The course provides the opportunity for students to assess their leadership communication styles, behavior, and skills as well as apply course concepts to real world settings.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain leadership communication theories and concepts.
  • Differentiate between leadership communication demands in group, organizational, and public communication contexts.
  • Analyze the role of communication in promoting diversity, encouraging ethical behavior among both leaders and followers, managing crises, and developing leaders.
  • Assess your own leadership (and followership) styles and behaviors.
  • Devise strategies for improving your leadership and followership skills.
  • Demonstrate written communication competency.
  • Apply course concepts to real world settings.

 
Leadership and Military Management   (MSC-321)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Interdisciplinary approach to leadership and management; ethics, responsibility and conduct of military officers; effective decision- making techniques; introduction to drill and ceremonies.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the difference between Leadership and Management
  • Identify your own leadership strengths and weaknesses.
  • Implement a variety of leadership strategies based on varying circumstances of employee capability, performance, and need for leadership and guidance.
  • Develop task-management (performance-focused) and people management (performer-focused) competencies in the context of different leadership strategies.
  • Recognize issues related to ethics in a combat environment and analyze potential solutions.
  • Discuss the responsibilities inherent with the leader role of a military officer.
  • Explain and apply the military decision making process
  • Promote effective verbal and nonverbal communication strategies to enhance performance and understanding.
  • Explain the concepts of Empowering, Motivating and Inspiring Subordinates.
  • Discuss the role of physical training, drill and ceremonies, and discipline to the development of quality soldiers.

 
Leadership in a Global Environment   (LDR-422)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Leadership in a Global Environment focuses on major areas of international business and the environment within which business transactions take place. The main topics include current and developing paradigms for managing and leading in a global environment. This course also prepares students for leadership capacities and responsibilities for global management opportunities.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Think globally
  • Acknowledge cultural diversity
  • Handle shared leadership roles
  • Build partnerships and alliances
  • Manage difficult issues unique to global business
  • Embrace cultural diversity and analyze the distinctions between countries.
  • Assess the implications of economic, social, political, and environmental aspects of development at the policy making level.
  • Interpret the necessities, economies, and policies of global trade and investment when considering globalizing the organization.
  • Differentiate between the various strategies that businesses can design to compete in the global marketplace and enter specific foreign markets.
  • Evaluate the role played by marketing, operations, and human resource management within an international business.
  • Compile and synthesize which theory(ies) of leadership and leadership roles that apply to this ever changing environment.

 
Motivation and Leadership   (MAN-313)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A thorough analysis of trait, behavioral, and contingency theories of leadership as well as content and process motivational theories. Theories to be examined include path, goal, contingency, managerial grid, two factor, equity, and expectancy theory.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • To identify manager's role in terms of managerial traits, behavioral and contingency theories for achieving leadership strength.
  • To describe the process – elements – steps to achieve motivational leadership performance for an organization.
  • To analyze the interplay between individuals, groups and the organization creating a culture for motivation.
  • To evaluate and apply management theories and concepts inherent in an organization for goals, equity and managerial gird success.

 
Nonprofit Leadership   (LDR-419)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Nonprofit Leadership provides students with comprehensive knowledge and approach to nonprofit leadership and management. The course covers areas essential to effective leadership in today's nonprofit organization including governance, director and board responsibilities, social responsibility, strategic planning, fund development, financial accountability, human resource, and volunteer management. Woven through the course are the three key themes of social responsibility and leadership; multi-sector collaboration; and service and careers in the nonprofit sector. Coupled with traditional areas of nonprofit leadership and management, these themes create the innovative educational aspects of this course.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe the role the nonprofit sector plays in today's society.
  • Identify strategic competencies needed to lead a nonprofit organization.
  • Analyze and manage strengths and weaknesses in organizational systems to include financial resources.
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and executives to include stakeholder versus shareholder governance models.
  • Determine effective leadership competencies.
  • Utilize methodologies for leading group change (e.g., Kotter's 8-Step Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Question Thinking - Learner versus Judger Model, Whole System Strategic Planning, Future Search, and Balanced Scorecard).
  • Synthesize the leadership and management fundamentals that cross all sectors: for-profit, nonprofit and governmental agencies.
  • Apply the research of leading experts regarding nonprofit and for-profit relationships.
  • Identify opportunities in the nonprofit sector for collaboration in business markets, social responsibility and community reinvestment efforts.

 
Leadership   (HRM-315)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course focuses on the interpersonal dynamics of managers, professionals, & entrepreneurs at work. Case analysis & simulation of problem-solving & decision-making processes are used to develop insight on human relations, & to develop the personal & interpersonal skills needed in leadership roles.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain how leaders are not always the same as administrators or managers. Include examples of different ways leaders can emerge.
  • Outline a real case (actual name not required) of how a person influenced the thoughts and behaviors of others in a substantial way to solve an important problem.
  • Identify at least six key personal qualities a leader should possess (for example, conviction). Then explain why these qualities are essential to leading effectively.
  • Outline several styles of leadership common in the U.S. Give brief examples of each.
  • Discuss visionary leadership and what role it plays in helping an organization adapt to change.
  • Below are five central skills (competencies) researchers have found important to successful leadership. (*) Think of a real leader (actual name not required). Then provide examples of how that leader demonstrated these skills:
    • Defining a vision
    • Setting an example
    • Inspiring others
    • Seeing previously unrecognized capabilities in others
    • Establishing a supportive organizational culture
  • Discuss major implications for leaders in the continually changing cyber world. Include specific examples of what has changed in (a) technology and in (b) ways people relate to each other at work.

 
Genius, Creativity, and Leadership   (PSY-437)   3.00 s.h.  
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The phenomenon of genius is examined from a diversity of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives, with an emphasis on outstanding creativity and leadership. 
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