This course discusses various models of leadership applicable to organizations. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own leadership styles in the light of these models. The course will also encompass research, theories, and models of communication in organizations as they relate to effective leadership. Through their studies, students will be able to assess, understand, and improve their own approach to leading, as well as their ability to select and evaluate leaders.
Group Processes and Facilitation Skills
This course emphasizes the skills and capabilities required for leadership effectiveness at the levels of self, group, organization, and society. By experientially exploring the issues of the personal effectiveness dimension of leadership, students gain an appreciation of their leadership capabilities and opportunities for growth. This course also examines the maximization of communication effectiveness to overcome barriers to group formation and facilitation in the ultimate achievement of organizational goals.
Leadership and People
This course examines leadership issues peculiar to people in organizations. The questions of appropriate responsibility and reasonable obedience are explored. Dimensions of motivating and motivation are discussed. Organizational culture and its implications for leadership are studied in detail. Finally, issues in diversity are surveyed.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
This course encompasses the legal aspects of organizations to include regulatory agencies and their influence on organizations, contracts, torts, consumer protection, intellectual property rights, equal employment opportunity, and litigation. Ethical values include a study of their origins and the ways in which they are manifested in organizations as a basis for and stimulant of culture.
Performance Measurement and Control
This course develops a broad understanding of the economic environment in which organizations operate. Budgeting and control systems in organizations are emphasized in a manner that includes the establishment of performance criteria, accountability, and measurement of results. An overview of state-of-the-art control tools is included in the learning experience.
Marketing and Event Management
This course examines the theories of consumer behavior and customer service using cases and examples from the private and public sectors, including non-profit organizations. An understanding of marketing a product or service using pricing, positioning, and promotion is emphasized as well as the management of events such as conferences, sporting events, or fundraisers.
This course focuses on the role of leaders in organizations as agents of change. A broad base of contemporary and emerging organizational theory is applied to understanding the implementation of policy in organizations. Organizations are examined holistically through the lenses of culture, systems thinking, organizational learning, and power.
Organizational Development and Change
This course provides knowledge of organizational development methods used in promoting organizational and large system change through concepts of diagnosis, development, and implementation of intervention strategies and analysis of the effectiveness of change strategies. A leader’s role in promoting change through strategic planning and change management is emphasized. The course includes a personal reflection on the student's mission, values, goals, and world view.
High Performance Teams
This course investigates the literature and emphasizes the theory of high performance teams and their contribution to organizational performance. It stresses strategic, readiness, performance, and cultural considerations, including the role of leadership in establishing a high performance, team-based organization. Models and cases are explored to provide a broad view of their application in different organizational settings.
Crafting the Future
This is a capstone course that integrates the knowledge from previous courses into a cogent actionable vision of the future of leadership and change within organizations. Students are expected to relate problems and opportunities to decision making and policy either through comprehensive case analysis or a project accomplished by the cohort.