Leadership Studies

In the modern workplace, the need for people with leadership skills is growing. Leadership Studies programs are designed to meet this need by preparing students for leadership and supervisory roles in business, industry and public service. Very simply, Leadership Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in a variety of settings. First, students develop a deep understanding of the major elements that make successful leadership. Second, students gain important practical skills essential for success in their chosen professions and in their personal lives. Skills including interpersonal relations, problem solving, team building, collaboration, motivation, and communication are all necessary in any career option in today’s world.

Programs within the Department of Leadership Studies offer students a number of advantages, including: a flexible curriculum that allows students to personally customize their program of study; program options that include a leadership certificate, minor, major, and a graduate degree program; educational activities include both classroom discussion and hands-on organizational and community projects and internships; and course work that is available both on campus and on-line.

Department of Leadership Studies

Courses

Students will explore behaviors and concepts related to a leadership topic of interest.

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This course will actively engage students in the acquisition of information about historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and issues associated with leadership. Students will be exposed to the nature of leadership through presentation of objective material, through group activities, and through laboratory exercises.

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An interdisciplinary course designed to introduce the student to the tasks, strategies, and skills of effective leadership. Course activities will move the student from theory to the practical processes of leadership. Basic concepts essential to personal skills development and organizational leadership behavior are included.

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Teambuilding, teamwork, and team leading draws information from a wide variety of disciplines to introduce students to the ever important topic of teaming.

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This interdisciplinary course is designed to provide the student with an awareness and understanding of current issues relating to the nature and tasks of collaborative leadership behavior. The student is asked to identify an issue or problem and practice leadership by developing and implementing a community project.

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In this course theory gives way to practice. Through experiential skill building activities, assessment and coaching, this course provides students with a wide variety of skills necessary for success. The course requires students to demonstrate strong conceptual understanding of leadership and the ability to diagnose and plan interventions. This course is a prerequisite to Advanced Leadership Seminar II, and will serve as the planning and beginning stages of the execution of a chosen VALUE project.

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This course is an extension of LDRS 401, and requires students to apply lessons in the previous seminar to implement the change plan that was developed. Through experimentation and consultation with faculty, peers and mentors, students will work to increase skills related to operations and collaboration. Students will create a comprehensive ePortfolio to showcase their final project and reflections.

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Current issues and trends of women and leadership will be examined from historical to contemporary and from social to personal perspectives.

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The behaviors and skill necessary to be effective at doing leadership will be explored through both the leader and follower perspectives. Advanced influence, motivation, decision-making, conflict/ negotiation strategies and meeting management will be examined primarily in the interpersonal context. Course materials and activities will challenge students to connect theory to practice.

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the emerging field of global leadership. Students will gain an understanding of the history and origins of global leadership and the theoretical approaches to global leadership in complex, modern contexts. Students will be challenged to access primary sources of global leadership literature, and think deeply and critically about the current state of theoretical development in global leadership. Students will also explore various global leadership competencies and learn how to apply these competencies in various regions and cultures throughout the world.

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Courses will provide in-depth study of a particular topic in the study of leadership behavior. Course title and topic of study will be displayed in the class schedule.

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Students will conduct an in-depth examination of a particular topic in the study of organizational leadership. Course title and topic of the study will be displayed in the class schedule.

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Students will conduct an in-depth examination of a particular topic in the study of organizational leadership. Course title and topic of the study will be displayed in the class schedule.

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This course is designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the major components and principles of civic leadership. Classroom activities examine the leadership process in the context of community and society. This approach encourages ordinary citizens to take responsibility, organize, and build coalitions for the purpose of effecting social change.

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This course is designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the major components and principles of civic leadership. Classroom activities examine the leadership process in the context of community and society. This approach encourages ordinary citizens to take responsibility, organize, and build coalitions for the purpose of effecting social change.

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This course is designed to provide students with the basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Leadership theories and behaviors are examined in the context of the modern organization.

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This course is designed to provide students with the basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Leadership theories and behaviors are examined in the context of the modern organization.

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Directed readings on a specific topic in leadership.

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Directed readings on a specific topic in leadership.

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The focus of this course will be on you as the leader from an individual perspective. It will be an introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. The course will be based on each student's perception of their own life experiences that have helped them reach this level in their leadership development journey (Past), where they are now in that journey (Present), and their personal leadership goals (Future).

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The focus of this course will be on you as the leader from an individual perspective. It will be an introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. The course will be based on each student's perception of their own life experiences that have helped them reach this level in their leadership development journey (Past), where they are now in that journey (Present), and their personal leadership goals (Future).

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This course is designed for students in their final stage of the leadership studies field of emphasis. Activities include practical experience in an organization that will allow a student to exercise, observe, and appreciate leadership behavior.

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This course is designed for students in their final stage of the leadership studies field of emphasis. Activities include practical experience in an organization that will allow a student to exercise, observe, and appreciate leadership behavior.

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The purpose of this course is to expose students to the large body of organizational leadership theory and research. Both historical and contemorary approaches will be examined in detail. Students will be required to analyze the research critically from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Finally, course material will focus on organizational leadership in multiple contexts and levels of analysis (individual, team, organization and community).

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This class will challenge students to embrace a systems view of leadership and organizational change at the organizational level. Students will compare, contrast and critique both seminal and modern theories and models of organizational learning, knowledge creation, and organizational capacity building and apply them to their own organizational settings. The course will enhance student ability to think systematically and develop comprehensive understanding of core competencies required to initiate and sustain change in organizations.

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The evolving workplace relies more heavily on workplace collaboration through teaming. This course seeks to expose students to the diverse theories of teaming as well as give instruction on teaming skills essential to workplace success. Students should have a much greater understanding of their own collaborative teaming abilities upon completion.

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This course examines the leadership process in the context of team and group dynamics. It investigates process and content issues of team building, interpersonal and group relations, and effective problem solving and decision making skills in collaborative environments. The course places particular emphasis on the relationship between teams within organizations.

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This course will give students an understanding of the scientific method and its application to qualitative research. Students will develop a research question, collect and analyze data and develop conclusions for qualitative methods. Students will explore appropriate means to present and disseminate the research in order to help organizations and communities to make accurate and informed decisions.

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Students will apply leadership concepts and assessment techniques to the design, delivery and analysis of leadership development interventions. Students will develop practical applications to leadership development programs on individual, unit and organizational levels.

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An advanced course required of students completing the organizational leadership concentration in the MLS program. This course is offered to students that have excelled in the core classes and other organizational leadership courses, thus this course is designed as a capstone educational opportunity. The expectations are strigent, but the rewards are obvious - you will learn much more about where leadership comes from. This course, unlike others you have had, will challenge you to gain depth of knowledge in leadership theory by looking at the original works of leadership theorists. We can only truly know where to go if we have an understanding of where we have come from.

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This course develops a framework for ethical thinking and reflection. The course emphasizes the moral, ethical and social responsibilities of organizational leaders as well as the application of principles to organizational leadership behavior and decision-making. Students will also investigate current research trends regarding ethical issues in business and other organizational contexts.

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Students will develop a research question, intensively review selected readings and critical research to provide a foundation for answering this question, and then provide implications addressing the material reviewed. The instructor and students will agree upon the research question and develop a plan creating a basis for answering the question and providing recommendations for further review.

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This course is designed for students in their final stages of the Master of Liberal Studies program. Activities include practical experience in an organization which will allow the student to participate in a meaningful leadership experience.

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This course is an individual study of a selected problem relating to leadership theory, organizational leadership, leadership development or leadership education.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019