This course introduces students to the meaningful historical and contemporary leadership theories, models, paradigms, and approaches. It provides students with an opportunity to ground their leadership practice in accepted disciplinary principles and practices.
Course learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Critique the strengths and limitations of a variety of historical and contemporary leadership theories, models, paradigms, and approaches.
- Describe the complexities of leadership and the multi-disciplinary and integrative nature of leadership studies.
- Critically examine messages and images of leaders and leadership as well as institutions and structures that perpetuate them.
- Evaluate leaders, leadership behaviors, and leadership effectiveness in a variety of contexts.
- Evaluate one’s own potential for leadership and develop a comprehensive understanding of their personal leadership style, strengths, and blind spots in order to articulate their own personal philosophy of leadership.
- Explain the moral dimensions of leadership by exploring the areas of ethics, personal integrity, and decision making.
- Understand and critique how leadership is designed and perceived in American society.
Critical examination of historical and contemporary leadership theory. Create a personal leadership philosophy. Apply leadership theory to practice.