This course will focus on the premise that everyone is capable of being a leader. Students will examine their own leadership style through the use of leadership assessment tools and literature reviews. These will include a number of alternative perspectives of leadership, including contemporary styles. Students will analyze these styles along with information from the assessments, apply them using action learning methods, and develop their own personal model of leadership. (3 credits)
- OEL 501: Learning Community
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Evaluate various types of leadership competencies necessary to effectively lead an organization.
- Apply the concepts of leadership, including leading with vision, inspiring and motivating others, and ethics working in a diverse workforce using case studies/real-world problems.
- Compare and contrast leadership styles and how they may apply to different organizational scenarios.
- Identify one's own strengths and the potential challenges that one may face as a leader.
- Compare and contrast various motivational theories as they relate to leading an organization.
- Apply data from organizational assessments and individual personality type assessments to develop an organizational leadership plan.
Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
- PLO 2. Evaluate and formulate an individual leadership style.
- PLO 3. Develop professional communication skills.
- PLO 4. Recommend how one develops effective groups.
- PLO 5. Construct organizational leadership strategies.
- PLO 9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8 @ 50 points per week)
Week 2: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part I
Week 3: The Importance of Leadership and Followership
Week 5: Leadership Theory Reference Guide Part II
Week 6: Leadership and Ethics Paper
Week 8: Final Project: Personal Model of Leadership
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Nahavandi. The Art and Science of Leadership. 7th ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-354676-7
Supplemental Required Readings/Resources
- Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to Leadership
Topic: The Foundations of Leadership Theories
Topics: Leadership Differences and Traits
Topics: Leadership and Power
Topic: Contemporary Leadership
Topics: Leadership and Ethics
Topics: Defining Leadership Revisited and Leading Change
Topic: Leadership for the Future
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.