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MGT 450: Leadership Practices

Course Description

This course exposes students to leadership theories, how leadership theories pertain to the practice of leadership, as well as applying leadership theories into real-life situations. It provides students leadership history, evolution, as well as how the leadership term as been defined and re-defined over decades. A leadership skills inventory assessment questionnaire is used to develop insight into human relations and to gain a deeper insight into the students’ own leadership skill strengths and areas needing development. The course will cover multiple dimensions of the leadership topic including different leadership views, power, management theories, and leadership ethics.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define leadership, identify the four qualities leadership approaches, and describe the similarities and differences between leading and managing.
  2. To provide the facilitator and the adult learners with an opportunity to introduce themselves to each other.
  3. To familiarize participants with the course requirements and the Three Skill Approach Model.
  4. To practice a number of functions used to navigate through Blackboard’s online classroom.
  5. Determine the differences between the Trait, Skills, Behavioral, and Situational Approach to Leadership.
  6. Describe the differences between task behaviors and relationship behaviors.
  7. Summarize the history of leadership theory.
  8. Compare and contrast Eastern and Western philosophies of leadership.
  9. Describe how values, personality, self-concept, ability, and needs influence individual behavior.
  10. Explain the major components of Path-Goal Theory and Leader Member Exchange Theory.
  11. Apply principles of resistance to change, open communication, and conflict management techniques to leadership situations.
  12. Use the results of the Skills Inventory Assessment Questionnaire to complete a self-development.
  13. Gain a deeper understanding of one’s leadership characteristics, strengths and areas for development.
  14. Gain an understanding of Fiedler’s Contingency Model and Robert House’s Path-Goal Theory.
  15. Understand the difference between transformational and transactional leadership and how emotional intelligence impacts leadership.
  16. Become familiar with SWOT analysis and Michael Porter’s Five Forces Model.
  17. Understand how companies implement their business strategies.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Participation (in the form of team and classroom posts)

15%

Individual Assignments (submitted to the facilitator)

15%

Team Assignments (weekly team presentations)

15%

Team Leader Role (summarizing/posting team efforts correctly, on-time)

10%

Skills Inventory Assessment & Development Plan

15%

Final Summary Paper

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Jones, Gareth R. and Jennifer M. George. (2018). Contemporary Management. 10th ed. McGraw-Hill Irvwin, N.Y., N.Y. ISBN-13: 978-1-259-73266-9
  • Northouse, Peter G. (2016). Leadership Theory and Practice. 7th ed. Sage Publications, L.A., London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington D.C., Boston. ISBN-13: 978-1-4833-1753-3
  • OPTIONAL
    • Hacker, D. (2015). A Writer’s Reference 8th ed. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 9781457666766.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ActivitiesAssignments

1

1-4

Topic: Orientation

  • Readings:
    • Chapters 1 & 2 in Leadership Theory & Practice
  • Activities:
    • Read through all sections of the syllabus
    • Read ‘Welcome to the Course Announcement’ in the Announcement area
    • Practice until you are comfortable with the following functions in the course: (1) Go to your group area and post a message to begin communication with your team. (2) Copy a MS Word document on your computer and paste it into a discussion board message. (3) Attach a MS Word document as a file attachment in your group area as well as the classroom discussion board called ‘Water Cooler’.
  • Post your self-introduction in the Classroom Discussion board called ‘Self-Introduction’.
  • Respond to at least 3 of your class members’ self-introductions.
  • Complete a 250-300 word essay about your expectations for the course. Post this in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Course Expectations’.
  • Post your team strategy essay in Classroom Discussion board called ‘Team Strategy’.
  • Post your mental model of a leader and a manager in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Leader Versus Manager’.
  • Look ahead to week 2’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum’.

2

5-9

Topic: Leadership

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3, 4 & 5 in Leadership Theory & Practice
    • Part 1, chapters 1 and 2 in Contemporary Management and the case study called “Bloomberg Case In the News - Welcome Olympic Tourists, to Brazil. Please Don’t Mind The Mess”. Page 59-60 in Contemporary Management.
    • “Leadership Moment By Moment” document located in Course Documents section
  • Identify and email the instructor your week 2 team leader.
  • Complete the case study questions and submit your answers to the instructor.
  • Complete the Skills Inventory Questionnaire page 67 in Leadership Theory & Practice and submit it to the instructor
  • Complete week 2’s Leadership Moment By Moment Team Presentation.
  • Post a response to the other 2 team’s presentations in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Leadership Moment by Moment’.
  • Look ahead to week 3’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum’.Complete week 2’s Leadership Moment By Moment Team Presentation.
  • Complete week 2 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.

3

9-11,14,

16 & 17

Topic: Personality and Behavior

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6, 7 & 8 in Leadership Theory & Practice
    • Part 3, chapter 8 and Part 4, chapter 11 and the case study called “Bloomberg Case In The News - The Weather Predicting Tech Behind $62 Billion Monsanto Bid” Page 372-373 in Contemporary Management.
  • Identify and email the instructor your week 3 team leader.
  • Complete week 3’s ‘Leadership’ Team presentation.
  • Post a response to the other 2 team’s presentations in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Leadership’.
  • Look ahead to week 4’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum.
  • Complete week 3 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.

4

1,6,9,10,

14 & 15

Topic: Servant Leadership

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9, 10, & 11 in Leadership Theory & Practice
    • Chapters 10, 13, 14 and 17 and case study called “Bloomberg Businessweek Case In The News: Smash That Like Button: Facebook’s Chris Cox is Messing with One of the Most Valuable Features on the Internet” page 476-479 in Contemporary Management.
  • Identify and email the instructor your week 4 team leader
  • Complete the case study questions on page 479 in Contemporary Management. Submit your answers to the instructor.
  • Complete your Team Presentation and post it into the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Servant Leadership’.
  • Post a response to the other 2 team presentations in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Servant Leadership’.
  • Look ahead to week 5’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum.
  • Complete week 4 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.
  • Look ahead to week 5’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum.
  • Complete week 4 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.

5

3,10,12,13

Topic: Managing Ethically

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12 & 13 in Leadership Theory & Practice.
    • Chapters 15 & 16 in Contemporary Management.
    • Read the case study called “Bloomberg Business Week Case In The News: Chowing Down on Boomers’ Brains” in Contemporary Management.
  • Identify and email the instructor your week 5 team leader
  • Complete week 5’s Team Presentation called ‘Managing Ethically’ and post it in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Managing Ethically’
  • Post a response to the other 2 team’s presentations in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Managing Ethically’.
  • Look ahead to week 6’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum
  • Complete week 5 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.

6

6 & 9-13

Topics: Organizational Management and Change

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11 in Contemporary Management
    • Read the document called ’Leadership By The Book’ located in Course Documents section.
    • Chapters 14, 15, & 16 in Leadership Theory & Practice
    • Pages 13-30 in LPI Participant’s Workbook.
  • Complete your Skills Assessment Development Plan Draft.
  • Post a draft of your Skills Assessment Development Plan Draft in your team’s week 6 discussion board.
  • Identify and email the instructor your week 6 team leader.
  • Complete week 6’s team presentation and post it in the classroom discussion board called ‘Leadership By The Book’.
  • Post a response to the other 2 team’s presentations in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Leadership By The Book’.
  • Look ahead to week 7’s assignments and post any questions in the Classroom Discussion Board called ‘Q & A Forum
  • Complete week 6 self-evaluation form and submit it to the instructor.

7

12 & 13

Topic: Skills Assessment Self-Development Plan

  • Readings:
    • Read and review the Final Summary Paper Requirements located in Course Content section. Read case study called: Bloomberg Case In The News: Slack Consultants Are Bringing the Chat App to Corporate American” in Contemporary Management.
  • Complete your Skills Assessment Development Plan and submit it to the instructor.
  • Complete Case Study Questions Chapter 16 p. 549 in Contemporary Management and submit to instructor.
  • Work on your final summary paper due at the end of week 8.

8

1-17

Topic: Final Summary Paper

  • Readings:
    • Read case study called “Bloomberg Case in the News: The Six-Hour Workday Works in Europe. What About America? in Contemporary Management. Complete case study questions, p. 444 in Contemporary Management and submit to instructor.
  • Complete Final Summary Paper and submit to the instructor in the grade book, and submit final summary paper into Turnitin.com. Final summary paper must be submitted into Turnitin.com. Late final summary papers are NOT accepted.
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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