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Course Description and Philosophy
This course addresses leadership as a topic separate but not divorced from management. Effective leadership involves setting the conditions for success: a purpose and a direction for an organization, its members, and other stakeholders. In contrast, effective management involves executing against the purpose and direction set by the leadership. Effective employees, YOU, should not either be leaders or managers, but should be able to work in the “integrated zone,” in which both are applied, and the mix of behavior depends upon the interaction of the leader, led and the situation, and the desired outcomes for the organization. You should be able to move effectively and efficiently between these roles, and recognize which one matters most in a given situation. This course focuses primarily on the leadership component.
The purpose of this course is to create opportunities for reflection, study, discussion, and practice that provide you with a context within which you can learn about yourself, and how you lead. This is a course for you if you wish to take the time and exert the effort required to understand and reflect on your leadership strengths and weaknesses, develop a better sense for what it means to BE, KNOW and DO as a leader, and build an action plan to become the leader you want and need to be. The course requires a high degree of “sweat equity” --- you must work hard on yourself.
In this course, we will work across three levels of conversation:
Using a well-researched and thoughtfully developed model of leadership (“The Six Domains Model of Leadership”) to examine issues from a variety of perspectives on leadership, we will examine six core topics or leadership domains (personal, relational, contextual, inspirational, supportive, and responsible). We will examine how the domains relate to each other, the effects of each domain on followers, and what actions individuals can take to assess leadership and to enhance their own awareness of what each domain involves and how to improve their skills with respect to it. We will also examine how different configurations of these domains work in application to different leadership situations.