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MSLD 511 : Organizational Leadership

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Organizational Leadership
This course is designed for students to explore leadership in organizations. The course provides students with knowledge and a review of organizational leadership theory and research. It also examines the effects of internal and external organizational factors on leadership outcomes. Topics covered are the approaches and models of leadership, to include the nature of leadership, effective leadership behavior, strategic leadership by executives, leadership and organization change, group and team leadership strategies, and the associated ethical, gender based, cross-cultural and diversity oriented aspects of leadership.

The course provides the student with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and comprehension of leadership in an organizational setting, understand various leadership theories and companion research, systematically analyze organizational problems, and apply leadership skills that contribute to a successful corporate environment.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Compare, contrast, and define the different major theories of leadership.

2. Describe the findings in the early research on leadership behavior.

3. Explain the relationships between participative leadership, delegation, and empowerment.

4. Understand the use of dyadic relations and the major findings of dyadic relations, attributions, and followership.

5. Explain how power and influence are central to leadership.

6. Explain the components of trait theory and related managerial traits and skills.

7. Explain the relevance of the leadership situation and contingency theory.

8. Explain and evaluate the benefits of transformational and charismatic leadership.

9. Describe and analyze the role of leadership in organizational change.

10. Describe and analyze the relationships between effective leadership, teaming, and group decision making.

11. Describe and evaluate theories of ethical, authentic, and servant leadership.

12. Analyze the effects of gender and cultural diversity on leadership.

13. Analyze leadership skill development techniques.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Matthew Earnhardt - 2/20/2015
Dr. Ed Knab - 2/20/2015
Dr. Wayne Harsha - 2/20/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/20/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Leadership 1. Core leadership knowledge, competencies, skills, and behaviors. (Foundational)
2. Self-awareness as a leader and a scalable framework to evaluate, assess, and renew leadership competencies. (Personal Transformation and Mastery)
3. The capacities to coach, mentor, and engage the leadership capacities of others to create high-performance teams. (Group Transformation)
4. Tools, techniques, and theories to diagnose organizational issues, plan effective organizational interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of organizational transformation efforts. (Organizational Transformation and Development)
5. Portable ability to apply leadership concepts and practices at different organizational levels and within diverse functional or organizational environments. (Organizational Context)
6. Critical understanding of how to evaluate personal experiences, prior knowledge and coursework, and organizational events within a business and leadership context (Business Administration and Leadership Sense Making)
Key: 370