Leadership Perspectives & Practice syllabus


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Leadership Perspectives & Practice syllabus

  1. 1. MILANO THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MANAGEMENT & POLICYFALL 2010LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES & PRACTICES CRN 5370Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:50 p.m., Room 304 @ 55 W13th St.InstructorsBonnie McEwan Carol McMillanbonnie@makewavesnotnoise.com mcmillancar@cs.com917.693.940 914-672-2190Office hours: 12-2; T, W & Th (Rm 502) By appointmentCourse SummaryThis course examines leadership theory and practice in the context oforganizations in the nonprofit, government and for-profit sectors.Students will be encouraged to consider their own styles of leadership,with an eye to becoming more conscious of their personal, “default”patterns and developing their abilities to match appropriate leadershipbehaviors to specific situations and organizational priorities. Weexamine leadership through a social justice perspective and considerthe increasing importance of inclusion and cultural competence ineffective leadership performance.Course Goals1) Provide an historical context for the study of leadership and anoverview of current leadership theories, exploring the relativeadvantages and disadvantages of each.2) Provide students with opportunities to consider their own leadershipstyles and default patterns and how those relate to social justice.3) Teach students techniques for analyzing leadership practices withina given organization and as demonstrated by a particular individual.4) Give special attention to leading in a rapidly changing, culturallydiverse global environment characterized by digital communicationstechnologies.Assignments and GradingThis course is highly participative. Students are expected to complete
  2. 2. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 2McEwan & McMillan, Fall 2010the readings and assignments on schedule, attend class andparticipate fully in class discussions.There are four main assignments, each of which will count as 25% ofthe final course grade.Journal: Each student will keep a journal of personal reflections onthe course content, with emphasis on how the various leadershiptheories and practices apply to your life and career. Journals will besubmitted to the instructors twice during the semester, once onNovember 3 and again on December 8.Leadership Analysis: Each student will engage in a real-timeleadership analysis of a public figure throughout the semester. Thechoice of subject must be approved by one of the instructors.Students will observe and assess the behavior, public statements, thirdparty commentary and other evidence relative to the subject andprepare a written analysis of the subject’s presumed leadership style.Your observations, analysis and conclusions must be supported by thecourse readings and in-class discussion. The leadership analysisserves as the final paper and is due on December 15.Class Discussion: Each student should plan on participating in theclass discussion at every session. Contributions should be original andinformed by the course readings. Students are encouraged to discussitems of interest, challenges, etc. from their real-time leadershipanalysis and their journals. Through class discussion, students willserve as a resource of ideas, help and support for one another’s study.Mid-term Exam: There will be a take-home midterm consisting ofthree essay questions of the student’s choice, selected from a field ofsix options. The mid-term will be distributed on October 20 and is dueon October 27.*PLEASE NOTE:Late assignments will be penalized one-half grade. Assignments thatare more than one week late will be penalized a full grade, unless ahardship exception has been granted by both instructors. Incompleteswill be given only in cases of a medical emergency or bereavement.Required TextsLeadership Theory and Practice, 5th edition, by Peter G. NorthouseSage, 2010 ISBN 13: 978-1-4129-7488-2Available online in paperback and e-book formats and as a rental.
  3. 3. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 3McEwan & McMillan, Fall 2010Leaders Make the Future by Bob JohansenBerrett-Koehler (BK), 2009 ISBN 13: 978-1605090023Available online in hardbound, e-book and audio book formats.Required supplemental readings are on e-reserve and are detailed inthe course bibliography on the last page of this syllabus.Class Schedule(All readings are from the Northouse book unless otherwise noted.)Session 1, September 1Introductions & ExpectationsWhat Is Leadership?Reading for discussion: Chapter 1NO CLASS September 8Session 2, September 15Trait and Skills ApproachesReading for discussion: Chapters 2 and 3.Session 3, September 22Leadership in Public OfficeReadings for discussion: Lammers & Genovese, Chapter 1, Strategiesfor Assessing Presidents and Chapter 3, Lyndon B. Johnson, plusMarton, Chapter 5, Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson.Session 4, September 29Style and Situational ApproachesReadings for discussion: Chapters 4 and 5Session 5, October 6Digital Technology and Its Impact on LeadershipGuest speaker: Leah Kopperman, Blackbaud Inc.Reading for discussion: Hickman, Chapter 17, E-LeadershipSession 6, October 13 – Student oral updates on real-time analysisContingency, Path-Goal and LMX TheoriesReading for discussion: Chapters 6, 7, and 8Session 7, October 20 – Midterm DistributedCharismatic v. Transformational and Authentic LeadershipReading for discussion: Chapters 9 and 10.
  4. 4. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 4McEwan & McMillan, Fall 2010Session 8, October 27 – Midterm DueLeadership Teams and Decision GroupsReading for discussion: Chapter 11 plus Stephen Legault, Chapters 1and 10.Session 9, November 3 – Journals DuePsychodynamic Approach and Women & LeadershipReading for discussion: Chapters 12 and 13Session 10, November 10 – Student oral updates on journal insightsLeadership and CultureReading for discussion: Chapter 14 plus Chrobot-Mason, Chapter 43,Illuminating a Cross-Cultural Leadership Challenge.Session 11, November 17Leadership in Social MovementsReading for discussion: Thiagarajan, Chapter 50, MissionaryLeadership plus Sen, Chapter 5, Leading the Way.NO CLASS, November 24Session 12, December 1Leading ChangeGuest Speaker: Janice Ashby, CEO and founder, Eco-AfricaReadings for discussion: All of JohansenSession 13, December 8 – Journals DueLeadership EthicsReading for discussion: Chapter 15 plus Hicks, Chapter 38, RespectfulPluralism at WorkSession 14, December 15 – Leadership Analysis DueToward a Unified TheoryReading for discussion: Charles Handy, On Leadership.Session 15, December 20The Two-Sentence Take Away – A round robin presentation of themost important thing you learned or discovered in this course, in twosentences or less.
  5. 5. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 5McEwan & McMillan, Fall 2010Leadership Perspectives & Practices Course BibliographyChrobot-Mason, Donna, et. al. 2007. Chapter 43, Illuminating aCross-Cultural Leadership Challenge: When Identity Groups Collide. InLeading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era, ed. Gill RobinsonHickman, pp. 545-566. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Handy, Charles. 1993. Chapter 4, On Leadership. In UnderstandingOrganizations, pp. 96-122. London: Oxford University Press.Hicks, Douglas A. 2003. Chapter 38, Respectful Pluralism at Work. InLeading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era, ed. Gill RobinsonHickman, pp. 484-499. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Kahai, Surinder S. and Bruce J. Avolio. 2008. Chapter 17, E-Leadership. In Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era, ed.Gill Robinson Hickman, pp. 239-244. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Lammers, William W., and Michael A. Genovese. 2000. Chapter 1,Strategies for Assessing Presidents. In The Presidency and DomesticPolicy: Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Clinton, pp. 3-27.Washington, DC: CQ Press.Ibid. Chapter 3, Lyndon B. Johnson, pp. 71-97.Legault, Stephen. 2006. Foreword and Chapter 1, An Introduction tothe Tao: Grasp Bird’s Tail. In Carry Tiger to Mountain: The Tao ofActivism and Leadership, pp. 9-34. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.Ibid. Chapter 10, Moving Through Challenge and Change: WaveHands Like Clouds, pp. 249-269.Martin, Kati. 2002. Chapter 5, Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson. InHidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, pp.137-170. New York: Anchor.Sen, Rinku, and Kim Klein. 2003. Chapter 5, Leading the Way. InStir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy, pp.97-115. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Thiagarajan, K. M. 2004. Chapter 50, Missionary Leadership:Harnessing the Power of Mission. In Leading Organizations:Perspectives for a New Era, ed. Gill Robinson Hickman,pp. 642-647. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.