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OEL 520: Personal Leadership (Graduate Level)

Course Description

This course will focus on the premise that everyone is capable of being a leader. Students will examine their own leadership style through the use of leadership assessment tools and literature reviews. These will include a number of alternative perspectives of leadership, including contemporary styles. Students will analyze these styles along with information from the assessments, apply them using action learning methods, and develop their own personal model of leadership. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • OEL 501: Learning Community

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Evaluate various types of leadership competencies necessary to effectively lead an organization.
  2. Apply the concepts of leadership, including leading with vision, inspiring and motivating others, and ethics working in a diverse workforce using case studies/real-world problems.
  3. Compare and contrast leadership styles and how they may apply to different organizational scenarios.
  4. Identify one's own strengths and the potential challenges that one may face as a leader.
  5. Compare and contrast various motivational theories as they relate to leading an organization.
  6. Apply data from organizational assessments and individual personality type assessments to develop an organizational leadership plan.

Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

2. Evaluate and formulate an individual leadership style.
3. Develop professional communication skills.
4. Recommend how one develops effective groups.
5. Construct organizational leadership strategies
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Discussions (Weeks 1-8 @ 50 points per week)

400

Week 2: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part I

100

Week 3: The Importance of Leadership and Followership

100

Week 5: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part II

100

Week 6: Leadership and Ethics Paper

100

Week 8: Final Project: Personal Model of Leadership

200

Total Points

1,000

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Nahavandi. The Art and Science of Leadership. 7th ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-354676-7

Supplemental Required Readings/Resources

  • Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2

1,4

Topic: Introduction to Leadership

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 1: Definition and Significance of Leadership
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 2: The Global and Cultural Contexts
  • Review Course Policies
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Introduction Discussion (not graded)
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2

2

2,3,5,9

4,5,6

Topic: The Foundations of Leadership Theories

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 3: The Foundations of Modern Leadership
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2
  • Learning Activity 1: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part I

3

2,3,5,9

1,4,5,6

Topics: Leadership Differences and Traits

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 4: Individual Differences and Traits
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2
  • Learning Activity 1: The Importance of Leadership and Followership

4

2,3,9

1,4,6

Topics: Leadership and Power

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 5 Power
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2

5

2,3,5,9

1,4,5,6

Topic: Contemporary Leadership

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 6: Current Era in Leadership
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Gradable Assignment # 8: Discussion Question 7
  • Gradable Assignment # 9: Short Research Paper # 2

6

3-5,9

2,4,5,6

Topics: Leadership and Ethics

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 7: Other Leadership Perspectives
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 8: Leading Teams
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2
  • Learning Activity 1: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part II

7

2,5,9

4,5

Topics: Defining Leadership Revisited and Leading Change

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 9: Leading Change
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2

8

2-5,9

1-6

Topic: Leadership for the Future

  • Readings:
    • Art and Science of Leadership - Chapter 10: Developing Leaders
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Discussion # 1
  • Discussion # 2
  • Learning Activity 1: Final Project: Personal Model of Leadership
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.