This course introduces students to concepts, models and practices of leadership that are effective in civic, community and political organizations. The course examines the purposes and structures of various types of organizations and looks at the sorts of leadership styles and strategies that match these organizations under particular circumstances. Using case studies, simulations and real-life applications, the course aims to help leaders and potential leaders better envision their organizations' purposes, better communicate with members, and better organize members for effective action.
Leadership Studies Courses
LEAD 104 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
LEAD 114 - Leadership for Effective Organizations
This course engages students in case studies, reading, research and discussion about leadership, especially in community nonprofit organizations. The course focuses on the articulation of an organization's purpose; on the recruitment, organizing, and encouragement of members; on teamwork, effective fund-raising and the successful conducting of projects; and on communicating an organization's mission and activities to the public.
LEAD 120 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice
This course introduces students to the psycho-social dynamics of conflict as it occurs at the interpersonal, organizational, and community levels of interaction. Various theories addressing the causes and stages of conflict will be presented in order to examine ways in which conflict functions to create and maintain personal identity, group boundaries, and in and out-group identities. Students will develop theoretical and practical frameworks within which to analyze and explore ways to resolve conflicts in settings ranging from home to the workplace. Particular attention will be paid to intractability in community relations and best practices for dispute management and resolution.