LD ST 322: Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society

Upcoming offerings

Spring 2019

  • Section 1, Tuesday/Thursday 2:10 – 3:30 p.m. with 25 students, by Dr. Kyle Patrick Williams
  • Section 2, Tuesday/Thursday 12:40 – 2:00 p.m. with 25 students, by Dr. Tony Andenoro
  • Section 3, Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. with 25 students, by Dr. Kyle Patrick Williams
  • Section 4, Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00-10:50 a.m. with 25 students, by Dr. Kyle Patrick Williams
  • Section XW, as distance-education course, by Dr. Tony Andenoro


This interactive course provides a survey of leadership theories and practices.  Socially-constructed identities within state, national, and global contexts will be examined to increase understanding and maximize effective leadership with diverse populations.  A wide range of historical and contemporary leadership theories and practices will set the foundation for successful intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group dynamics.  Students will emerge from the course with their own definition of leadership that can find application within all areas of their lives.

Students in their second, third or fourth year are encouraged to enroll.  Students in their first year at ISU are encouraged to consider LD ST 122: Leading with Purpose or LD ST 270: Campus Leadership Development.

3 credits, sophomore classification required

Meets U.S. Diversity requirement

Course learning objectives

Given participation in this course, the student will have the opportunity to engage in the mastery of the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of leadership theory and practices within diverse organizational and societal contexts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of complex problems critical for the application of leadership theory and practices within diverse contexts
  • Articulate personal identity and intersectionality grounded in self-awareness for relationship building within interpersonal, organizational, and community contexts
  • Analyze the role of leadership in producing social change for diverse populations and US society
  • Analyze individual and institutional forms of discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, class, etc. with respect to leadership practice and organizational and societal advancement

Catalog description

Developing and practicing leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity; exploring personality types, communication styles, and leadership styles, networking and developing mentoring relationships; setting goals and participating in leadership opportunities and service.

Class texts


Komives, S. R., Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. R. (2013). Exploring leadership: For college students who want to make a difference. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. NEW TEXT WITH STRENGTHS ACCESS CODE

Additional chapters/articles will be provided during the semester.

Required for online sections only: Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. New York, NY: Scribner.