Course Number : BA (BS) – 441
Credit Hours: 03


Upon completion of this course students will:
Understand and articulate foundational leadership concepts related to individual and group dynamics.
Gain knowledge and demonstrate the ability to work effectively individually and as team on educational and social projects.
Develop clear communication skills
Increase self-awareness through the exploration of values, beliefs, culture, and identity..
Understand the nature of coalitions, communities, and systems.
Appreciate the relationship between ethics and leadership.
Discover the complexities of leadership and the multi-disciplinary nature of leadership studies.
Compare and contrast traditional and emergent paradigms of leadership.
Apply critical thinking to leadership theories and practices.
Understand gender and cultural influences on leadership.
Assemble a personal profile of skills and characteristics for effective leadership.
Integrate theoretical leadership perspectives through applied and researched writing assignments.
Understand how ethics influences leadership behaviors.
Value the significance of multiculturalism, diversity, and social responsibility in effective leadership

Course Contents

    1. Introduction to Leadership
      1.1. Foundational Principles
      1.2. Rapidly Changing Times
      1.3. Understanding and Examining the Paradigms
      1.4. The Search for a New Conceptualization of Followers
             1.4.1. Followership
             1.4.2. What New Term for Followers?
      1.5. Purposes of Leadership
      1.6. Civic Engagement and Civic Responsibility
      1.7. Making a Difference Leadership Viewed from Different Frames
      1.8. Leadership Requires Openness to Learning

      1.9. Personal Responsibility for Learning and Experiential Learning
      1.10. Relational Leadership
    2. The Changing Nature of Leadership
      2.1. Myths about Leadership
      2.2. Truths about Leadership
      2.3. Definitions of Leadership
      2.4. Metaphorical Definitions of Leadership
      2.5. Generations of Leadership Theories
              2.5.1. Great Man Approaches
              2.5.2. Trait Approaches
              2.5.3. Behavioral Approaches
              2.5.4. Situational Contingency Approaches
              2.5.5. Influence Theories
              2.5.6. Reciprocal Leadership Theories
              2.5.7. Transforming Leadership Theory
              2.5.8. Servant-Leadership Theory
              2.5.9. Followership Theory
              2.5.10. Emerging Leadership Paradigms
    3. The Relational Leadership Model
      3.1. Relational Leadership
      3.2. Knowing-Being-Doing
      3.3. Relational Leadership Is Purposeful
      3.4. Working for Positive Change
      3.5. Relational Leadership Is Inclusive
      3.6. Relational Leadership Is Empowering
      3.7. Relational Leadership Is Ethical
      3.8. Relational Leadership Is About Process
    4. Understanding Yourself
      4.1. Development of Self for Leadership
      4.2. Values, Beliefs, Ethics, and Character
      4.3. Personal Style Preferences
    5. Understanding Others
      5.1. Individuality and Commonality
      5.2. Understanding Gender Diversity
      5.3. Understanding Cultural Diversity
      5.4. Understanding International Diversity
      5.5. Your Cultural Heritage
      5.6. Building Multicultural Appreciation
      5.7. Attitudes toward Differences
      5.8. Cultural Influences on Leadership Behavior
      5.9. Leadership and Communication
      5.10. Assertive Communication
      5.11. Relational Empathy
    6. Leading with Integrity and Moral Purpose
      6.1. Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Organizational Environment
      6.2. Moral Purpose as an Act of Courage
      6.3. Assumptions about Ethical Leadership
      6.4. Transforming Leadership Theory
      6.5. Modeling a Moral Purpose
      6.6. Moral Talk
      6.7. Ethical Decision-Making Models
      6.8. Practical Applications
      6.9. Ethical Principles and Standards
    7. Leading Teams
      7.1. Teams in Organizations
      7.2. Team Types and Characteristics
      7.3. Team Effectiveness
      7.4. The Team Leader’s Personal Role
      7.5. The leader’s New Challenge: Virtual and Global Teams
      7.6. Handling Team Conflict
    8. Understanding Change
      8.1. Understanding Change
      8.2. Understanding Change from an Individual Perspective
      8.3. Facilitating Change
    9. Strategies for Change
      9.1. Introduction
      9.2. Students as Change Leaders
      9.3. The Social Change Model of Leadership Development
      9.4. Comparison of the Relational Leadership Model and Social Change Model
      9.5. Building Coalitions for Community Action
      9.6. Service as Change-Making
      9.7. Identifying Critical Issues
      9.8. Joining with Others
      9.9. Navigating Environments
    10. Developing a Leadership Identity
      10.1. Developing the Capacity for Leadership
      10.2. Personal Identities
      10.3. The Leadership Identity Development Study
      10.4. Developing a Leadership Identity
      10.5. Awareness
      10.6. Exploration/Engagement
      10.7. Leader Identified
    11. The Mind, Body, and Soul of the Leader
      11.1. Self-Renewal
      11.2. Continuity and Transition

Recommended Books

  1. Exploring Leadership: for College Students who want to make a difference by Susan R.Komives, Nance Lucas and Timothy R. Mc Mahon.
  2. Leadership an Experience by Richard L. Daft.
  3. Leadership Theory and Practice by Peter G. Northouse.