LED1461 TEAMS AND LEADERSHIP
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.
LED1461 - Teams And Leadership (3 hrs)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the understanding and skills necessary to communicate effectively in any group, whether it is a social club, a religious organization, or a high-level executive committee in your future career. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the intensive work in teams students will probably experience in personal life and in the workplace. Participants will build a foundation of knowledge, gain experience to develop skills, and serve as a resource for future use. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to understand his/her group experiences in terms of individual responsibilities for sharing leadership, the importance of working cooperatively with diverse group members, and the sensitivity and wisdom in making ethical decisions.
This course is designed to provide the student with the understanding and skill necessary to communicate effectively in any group, whether it is a social club, a religious organization, or a high-level executive committee in your future career. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the intensive work in teams students will probably experience in personal life and in the workplace. Participants will build a foundation of knowledge, gain experience to develop skills, and serve as a resource for future use.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to understand his/her group experiences in terms of individual responsibilities for sharing leadership; the importance of working cooperatively with diverse group members; and the sensitivity and wisdom in making ethical decisions.
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: Introduction: Your Roles in Groups and Teams
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of roles groups and teams.
- Evaluate individual group and team experiences
- Discuss how and why groups and teams - both real and virtual - are involved in careers and personal life
- Define a set of basic group and team concepts
- Explain how communication operates in groups
- Define leadership
- Define short-term and long-term success in relation to leadership
- List personal qualities important to leadership
- Discuss important aspects of leadership and teamwork
- Discuss the importance of ethics and leadership
- Describe steps in leadership development that help develop credibility and build confidence.
UNIT 2: Sharing Leadership to Create Teamwork
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of shared leadership in the team environment.
- Identify how a team relates to the context of the organization and other systems
- List advantages and disadvantages of designating a team leader and what qualities that leader should possess
- Discuss setting norms and goal/objective setting for the task
- Discuss proper preparation for meetings
- Explain how to plan agendas
- Discuss the “superteam” model
- Describe how organizational culture can affect a team’s development
- Identify ways in which individual members’ motivations and characteristics can affect a team’s development
- Discuss the stages and steps of team development
- Discuss virtual teams
- Explain how to get and use feedback to help team development
UNIT 3: Sharing Leadership Through Task Processes
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of shared leadership through the task process.
- Discuss how to develop a work plan for the task
- Explain how to identify questions for analysis and how to phrase questions for discussion
- Describe how to plan research and how to identify information resources
- Discuss sharing information as a team
- Discuss setting norms for research analysis and criteria for analysis
- Explain the importance of reasoning logically and what that entails
- Discuss how assumptions and values can affect a team’s cooperative analysis
- Define creative thinking
- Explain how to facilitate creative thinking
- Discuss ways to generate ideas (brainstorming, metaphorical thinking, etc)
- Explain approaches to decision making
- Explain how to identify problems followed by the generation and analysis of solutions
- Describe the design and assessment of an implementation plan
UNIT 4: Sharing Leadership Through Transactional Process
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of shared leadership through the transactional process.
- Discuss communication styles
- Discuss dialogical styles
- Define aspects of nonverbal communication in relation to teams and leadership
- Explain the importance of listening and questioning in teams and leadership
- Identify foundations for listening and questioning
- Discuss approaches to listening and questioning
UNIT 5: Meeting Challenges to Leader and Leadership
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of leadership challenges.
- Explain sources of power in relation to leadership
- Discuss styles and approaches to leading
- Identify members’ expectations and self-expectations of the leader
- Discuss the responsibilities of a leader
- Identify ways to increase individual effectiveness in leadership positions
- Discuss team pressures that one might encounter
- Define groupthink and identify ways to avoid it
- Describe competitive communication strategies
- Discuss types and sources of conflict and process of conflict management
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 which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.