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  1. 1. MILANO THE NEW SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS,MANAGEMENT & URBAN POLICYFALL 2012LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES & PRACTICES CRN 4237Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:50 p.m.,InstructorBonnie McEwanmcewanb@newschool.edu917-693-0940In-person meetings by appointmentCourse SummaryThis course examines leadership theory and practice in the context ofthe nonprofit/NGO, government and for-profit sectors. Students willbe encouraged to consider their own styles of leadership, with an eyeto becoming more conscious of their personal, “default” patterns anddeveloping their abilities to match appropriate leadership behaviors tospecific situations and organizational priorities. We examine leadershipthrough a social justice perspective and consider the increasingimportance of inclusion and cultural competence in effective leadershipperformance.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 context 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 Grading
  2. 2. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 2McEwan, Fall 2012This course is highly participative. Students are expected to completethe 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 instructor twice during the semester, once on Oct. 16and again on Dec. 4.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 the instructor no later thanSept. 18. Students will observe and assess the behavior, publicstatements, third party commentary and other evidence relative to thesubject and prepare a written analysis of the subject’s presumedleadership style. Your observations, analysis and conclusions must besupported by the course readings and in-class discussions. Theleadership analysis serves as the final paper and is due in hard copyat the last class session on Dec. 11.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 Oct. 16 and is due onOct. 23.*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 the instructor. Incompleteswill be given only in cases of a medical emergency or bereavement.Required Texts & Readings
  3. 3. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 3McEwan, Fall 20121) Leadership Theory and Practice, 6th edition, by Peter G. Northouse.Sage, 2012. ISBN 13: 978-1-4522-0340-9Available online in paperback and e-book formats and as a rental.2) 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hallof Fame by Peter Dreier. Nation Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-56858-681-6 Available online in paperback and e-book formats.3) Required supplemental readings are on e-reserve and are detailedin the course bibliography on the last page of this syllabus.Class ScheduleSession 1, August 28Introductions & ExpectationsWhat Is Leadership?Reading for discussion: Northouse, Chapter 1 and Dreier, IntroductionSession 2, September 4Trait v. Process ApproachesTrait & Skills TheoriesReading for discussion: Northouse, Chapters 2 and 3 plus Dreier,Fiorello LaGuardia, pp. 124-127, Bella Abzug, pp. 317-319, JesseJackson, pp. 416-420 and Harvey Milk, 367-371.Session 3, September 11Leadership and Gender in Public OfficeReadings for discussion: Lammers & Genovese, Chapter 1, Strategiesfor Assessing Presidents and Chapter 3, Lyndon B. Johnson in ThePresidency and Domestic Policy: Comparing Leadership Styles fromFDR to Clinton, plus Marton, Chapter 5, Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnsonin Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History (allin e-Reserves on Blackboard) and Dreier, Frances Perkins, pp. 113-116and Eleanor Roosevelt, pp. 133-137.Session 4, September 18Style and Situational TheoriesReadings for discussion: Northouse, Chapters 4 and 5 plus Dreier,Franklin Delano Roosevelt, pp. 117-119, Betty Friedan, pp. 320-324,Allard Lowenstein, pp. 362-366 and John Lewis, pp. 399-403.* Deadline for approval of real-time analysis subjectSeptember 25 – Holiday. No Class
  4. 4. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 4McEwan, Fall 2012Session 5, October 2Process ApproachesContingency, Path-Goal and LMX TheoriesReading for discussion: Northouse, Chapters 6, 7 and 8 plus Bordas,Introduction, Diversity Is Transforming Leadership, in Salsa, Soul andSpirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age (in e-Reserves on Blackboard)Session 6, October 9Authentic, Servant and Transformational TheoriesLeadership EthicsReading for discussion: Northouse, Chapters 9, 10, 11 and 16 plusDreier, Martin Luther King Jr., pp. 357-361, Gloria Steinem, pp. 381-385, and Tony Kushner, pp. 443-446.Session 7, October 16 – *Journals Due & Midterm DistributedPsychodynamic and Team ApproachesReading for discussion: Northouse, Chapters 12 and 13, plus Legault,Foreword, Chapter 1, Grasp Bird’s Tail and Chapter 10, Wave HandsLike Clouds in Carry Tiger to Mountain: The Tao of Activism andLeadership (in e-Reserves on Blackboard)Session 8, October 23 – *Midterm DueLeading ChangeReading for discussion: Hickman, Introduction and Chapter 1,Causality, Change and Leadership in Leading Change in MultipleContexts. (in e-Reserves on Blackboard) plus Dreier, W.E.B. DuBois,pp. 70-73; Alice Hamilton, pp. 77-79; Harry Hay, pp. 263-266 andMuhammed Ali, pp. 421-425.Session 9, October 30Guest Speaker: Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music & Organist,Cathedral of St. John the Divine and organist of the NY Philharmonichttp://www.stjohndivine.org/Tritle.htmlSession 10, November 6Leadership and CultureReading for discussion: Northouse, Chapter 15 plus Chrobot-Mason,Chapter 43, Illuminating a Cross-Cultural Leadership Challenge andHicks, Chapter 38, Respectful Pluralism at Work, both in Hickman,Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era (In e-Reserves).Session 11, November 13Leadership in Social Movements
  5. 5. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 5McEwan, Fall 2012Reading for discussion: Ganz, Leading Change: Leadership,Organizations and Social Movements and Sen, Chapter 5, Leading theWay in Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy(both in e-Reserves) plus Dreier, Dorothy Day, pp. 172-175, SaulAlinsky, pp. 254-258, Bayard Rustin, pp. 259-262 and Pete Seeger, pp.307-311.November 20 – No Class; University follows Wednesday scheduleSession 12, November 27Leadership, Media and TechnologyReading for discussion: Kahai and Avolio, Chapter 17, E-Leadership inHickman, Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era,MacKinnon, Preface and Introduction, in Consent of the Networked,and Shirky, Chapter 6, Collective Action and Institutional Challenges inHere Comes Everybody.(All in e-Reserves),Session 13, December 4 – *Journals DueToward a Unified TheoryReading for discussion: Handy, On Leadership in UnderstandingOrganizations (e-Reserves)Session 14, December 11 - *Leadership Analysis Due - HARD COPYThe Two-Sentence Take AwayA round robin presentation of the most important thing you learned ordiscovered in this course, in two sentences or less.Session 15, December 18Leader Analysis Abstracts on BlackboardThe final session of the course will take place online via Blackboard.Each student will post an abstract (executive summary) of the real-time leader analysis in the course discussion area of Blackboard. Thiswill give students an opportunity to share their work with one another.
  6. 6. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 6McEwan, Fall 2012Leadership Perspectives & Practices Course BibliographyBordas, Juana. 2007. Introduction, Diversity Is TransformingLeadership. In Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a MulticulturalAge, pp. 1-21. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.Chrobot-Mason, Donna, et. al. 2007. Chapter 43, Illuminating a Cross-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.Hickman, Gill Robinson. 2010. Introduction and ConceptualPerspectives on Leading Change. In Leading Change in MultipleContexts, pp. xi-2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Hickman, Gill Robinson and Richard A. Couto. Chapter 1, Casualty,Change and Leadership. In Leading Change in Multiple Contexts, pp. 3-31. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.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. Forward 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.
  7. 7. Leadership Perspectives & Practices 7McEwan, Fall 2012MacKinnon, Rebecca. 2012. Preface and Introduction, After theRevolution. In Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle forInternet Freedom, pp. xi-xxv. New York: Basic Books.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. In StirIt Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy, pp. 97-115.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Shirky, Clay. 2008. Chapter 6, Collective Action and InstitutionalChallenges. In Here Comes Everybody: The Power of OrganizingWithout Organizations, pp. 143-160. New York: Penguin Books ###