Leadership (LEAD)

LEAD 1101. Foundations of Leadership. 1 Hour.

Leadership begins with intentional student development assisting and facilitating students in understanding their learning as they become effective contributing members of their communities. To begin their study of leadership, students will develop a personal philosophy of leadership that includes an understanding of self, others, and their institution. This course will provide the foundation of how personal attributes and institutional knowledge contribute to leadership development.

LEAD 1201. Student Leadership Challenge. 2 Hours.

This course will provide the foundation for students to develop as leaders by utilizing research-based leadership literature and practices. A focus on community and university service is woven throughout the course. This course is typically taken after LEAD 1101 during the second semester of the freshmen year.

LEAD 289. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

LEAD 305. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

LEAD 310. Leadership Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

This course introduces leadership theory and practice. Students will develop an understanding of the behaviors and characteristics of leaders through the examination of current leadership models.

LEAD 400. Leadership and Gender Issues. 3 Hours.

This course is to present an overview of the historical impact women have endured in leadership roles in America, comparing and contrasting the male and female role and of the challenges women face in attaining and successfully embodying leadership roles. The course will include content over hte authority and influence as they apply to women in particular- will explore how wisely and well leadership is exercised, by women. This course will include: throughout history women have had less access to leadership roles than have men; that the reasons for this diminished access are numerous and complex; that as a simple matter of equity women should have greater access to leadership roles in the future than they have had in the past and, for that matter, than they do in the present; and, finally, that so far as leadership is concerned, women have challenges that uniquely are theirs.

LEAD 414. Organizational Training and Development. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the field of Employee Training and Development and processes involved in improving individual and organizational performance. Specific topics include: the role and required competencies of the training specialist, methods of conducting needs assessment, task analysis, program development, theories on adult learning and performance, career development planning, and evaluating education and training with application to the for-profit and non-profit sections.

LEAD 415. Organization Development and Change. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the discipline of organizational development and leadership, specifically as it applies to non-profit agencies, including definitions, values, ethics, and organizational development as a normative process. Change theory and practice and the role of the change agent/organizational development professional are examined. Traditional organizational development interventions and current applications of organizational development thought are surveyed.

LEAD 420. Community Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course defines the nature of community leadership and examines the process of non-positional or grassroots leadership development from within communities and organizations. Students will study how and why ordinary people emerge as leaders and choose to remain committed to the common good despite cynicism and the shift in availability of economic resources. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

LEAD 430. Leadership and Followership. 3 Hours.

This is a senior level course on Followership and Leadership with the purpose to educate students on the importance of the dynamic relationships between leadership and followership. This course requires an intense reading and research agenda. Followership is critical to each individual's leadership development. The course is designed to correct the over-emphasis on leaders and misguided and even mistaken under-emphasis on followers - in the workplace and in the society at large. The general subject has two primary purposes: One is theoretical - to provide students of leadership and now followership with a new and different lens through which to view the leader-follower relationship. The other is practical - for in real life we are followers much more often than we are leaders. This does not mean that we are without power and/or influence. Therefore, the following questions will be addresses of how subordinates can and should relate to their superiors: Who exactly is a follower? Why do we follow? How do leaders and followers relate? What are the differences among followers? What do leaders need to know about followers? Adn what are the distinctions between good and bad followers? The presumption is that in order to understand leadership, we need take into account not only those who exercise power, authority, and influence; but also those on whom power, authority, and influence are being exercised. There is another presumption as well: that to instruct on good followership is as important to the common good as it is to instruct on good leadership (Kellerman, 2008).

LEAD 450. Team Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course examines the design, management, and leadership of teams in organizational and community settings. The focus is on the interpersonal processes and structural characteristics that influence the effectiveness of teams. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of group and team behavior so groups can be more effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

LEAD 489. Independent Study in Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

LEAD 490. Leadership at the National Level-Presidential Centers. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide an active learning experience for students to understand the leadership dynamics of the presidency, congress, and non-profit organizations. Dialogue and discussion will include foundation and leadership styles of former presidents and former and current government leaders. Dialogue and discussion will take place with federal elected officials and top administrators at the national level in their respective roles. Analysis of the different leadership styles in public office is required. Students will witness leadership in the presidential centers and surrounding areas.

LEAD 497. Special Topics in Leadership. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.