LED1448 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.
LED1448 - Introduction to Leadership (3 hrs)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of leadership and leadership styles. This is an introductory course into the leadership realm and provides students with a sound working knowledge of leadership principles. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply basic leadership principles in daily organizational and personal settings, assess different leadership styles, justify their personal style choice, and compare and contrast leadership and management.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of leadership and leadership styles. This is an introductory course into the leadership realm, and will provide students with a sound working knowledge of leadership principles.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to apply basic leadership principles in daily organizational and personal settings, assess different leadership styles, justify their personal style choice, and compare and contrast leadership and management.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1: The Nature and Importance of Leadership
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of the nature and importance of leadership.
- Define the meaning of leadership and how it differs from management.
- Describe how leadership influences organizational performance.
- Identify several important leadership roles.
- Identify the major satisfactions and frustrations associated with the leadership role.
- Describe a framework for understanding leadership.
- Recognize how leadership skills are developed.
- Identify several traits, behaviors and attitudes of a successful leader.
UNIT 2: Traits, Motives and Characteristics of Leaders
Outcomes: The student will study the traits, motives and characteristics of leaders.
- Identify general and task-related traits that contribute to leadership effectiveness.
- Describe how emotional intelligence contributes to leadership effectiveness.
- Identify key motives that contribute to leadership effectiveness.
- Describe cognitive factors associated with leadership effectiveness.
- Discuss heredity versus environment issues in relation to leadership effectiveness.
- Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the trait approach to leadership.
UNIT 3: Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
Outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of charismatic and transformational leadership.
- Achieve a comprehensive understanding of the meaning and types of charismatic leadership.
- Describe the traits and behaviors of a charismatic leader.
- Explain the visionary component of charismatic leaders.
- Construct an action plan for developing personal charisma.
- Explain the nature of transformational leadership.
- Describe the concerns about charismatic leadership from the scientific and moral standpoint.
- Explain the communication style of charismatic leaders.
UNIT 4: Leadership Behaviors, Attitudes and Styles
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of leadership behaviors, attitudes and styles.
- Explain the key leadership dimensions of initiating structure and consideration.
- Describe at least five task-oriented leadership behaviors and attitudes.
- Describe at least five relationship-oriented leadership behaviors and attitudes.
- Explain how leaders use 360 degree feedback to improve their performance.
- Describe the autocratic and participative leadership styles.
- Define the entrepreneurial leadership style.
- Discuss gender differences in leadership styles.
UNIT 5: Contingency and Situational Leadership
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of contingency and situational leadership.
- Describe how the situation influences the choice of leadership objectives.
- Present an overview of the contingency theory of leadership effectiveness.
- Explain the path-goal theory of leadership effectiveness.
- Describe situational leadership.
- Use the normative decision model to determine the most appropriate decision-making style in a given situation.
- Describe the cognitive resource theory as a contingency model.
UNIT 6: Leadership Ethics
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of leadership ethics.
- Specify key principles of ethical and moral leadership.
- Apply a guide to ethical decision making.
- Present representative examples of unethical behavior by leaders.
- Describe what leaders can do to foster an ethically and socially responsible organization.
- Explain the link between business ethics and organizational performance.
Projects may vary according to the instructor.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.