Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on leadership and the applicable skills needed to function as a leader in an organizational setting. The course looks at leadership as a process by which one person influences the attitudes and behaviors of others. It looks at leadership of organizations and groups, including teams. Concepts covered include various leadership theories and models, leadership across cultures, leadership ethics and attributes, organizational change/development, and, the role of the leader in establishing organizational culture and facilitating change. The course encourages self-assessment through group projects and leadership simulations.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Describe the nature of leadership and assess the basic functions of management and the complexities of leadership.
Analyze the role of ethics and its role in organizational and team decisions.
Examine multiple viewpoints for differing frames of reference, perspectives, and orientations to the same situation.
Employ leadership, team-building and decision-making concepts; examine how teams make high-stakes decisions in stressful situation, why individuals and teams make flawed choices and how leaders shape the context and the process through which teams make decisions.
Critically reflect on leadership style and your own experience within a team and its leadership.
Understand the role of leaders in setting strategic focus and direction.