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1Introduction and OverviewSet the baseline. What understanding of leaders and leadership have each of us already acquired?

Brief overview of the theories and themes in this course
2Leadership FrameworksTrait Theory

Distributed Leadership Model

Brief Discussion of Action Plans

Leadership Traits Role Play
Kouzes, James and Barry Posner. The Leadership Challenge. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002, pp. 13-22, 25.

Goleman, Daniel. "What Makes a Leader." Harvard Business Review (November-December 1998): 93-102.

Ancona, Deborah. "Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty." Managing for the Future - Organizational Behavior and Processes, Instr. Manual. 2nd ed. South-Western College Publishing, 1999, pp. 1-21.

Welch, Jack. "Four E's (a Jolly Good Fellow)." The Wall Street Journal, Friday, January 23, 2004.

Tischler, Linda. "IBM's Management Makeover." Fast Company (November 2004): 112-3.

Different Communication Styles and Structures

Giving Good Feedback: How to be a Good Coach

Journal Entries

Distributed Leadership Assessment Results

Giving/Receiving Feedback Role Play

Caproni, Paula. The Practical Coach: Management Skills for Everyday Life. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001, Chapter 4.

Optional Reading: Kroeger, Otto with Thuesen, Janet and Rutledge, Hile.  Type Talk at Work: How the 16 Personality Types Determine your Success on the Job.  New York: Tilden Press, 2002.

4Situational LeadershipExplore Leadership Types

Journal Entries

Situational Role Play
Goleman, Daniel. "Leadership that Gets Results." Harvard Business Review (March-April 2000): 78-90.
5Influencing OthersLeading without Authority

Journal Entries

Leading from Any Chair Role Play

Zander, Rosamund Stone and Benjamin Zander. "Leading from Any Chair." In The Art of Possibility. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000, pp. 66-77. 

Optional Reading:  Heifetz, Ronald.  Leadership without East Answers.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press, 1994.  Chaps 8, 9.

6Decision-makingDecision-making Models

Decision-making Styles

Recommendations for Changes to this Course

Decision-making Role Play

Brief Summary of Results of Action Plans
Williams, Gary and Robert Miller. "Change the Way You Persuade." Harvard Business Review (May 2002): 64-73.


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