Wilkes University

LEADERSHIP

LDR-500. Leadership Perspectives & Practices

Credits: 3

This course lays a solid foundation for students to understand leadership, and enhances their readiness and motivation to lead and follow in ways that advance business. It introduces students to a wide range of issues and debates in Leadership Studies that helps them conceptualize leadership broadly. The course aims to broaden students’ perspectives by requiring them to read and critique classic and contemporary theories and models that have dominated Leadership Studies in the last one hundred years. The course also introduces students to core leading tasks in business organizations and firms. It engages students in analyzing the characteristics and dynamics of leadership in executive, sub-system, and group contexts.

LDR-555. Leading Organizational Change

Credits: 3

We live and conduct business in a rapidly changing world yet it is human nature to resist change. The overwhelming majority of major organizational change initiatives fail. The purpose of the course is to offer an in-depth analysis of organizational change and how to successfully lead major change initiatives. Specifically, the course will focus on: the dynamic and complex nature of change across a variety of contexts with an emphasis on organizational change; several current and relevant leadership and change theories and approaches diagnosing organizational readiness and applying effective leadership strategies to implement change. 

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LDR-556. Leadership Practice: Vision, Awareness, and System

Credits: 1

This leadership practice course provides students the opportunity to experiment leadership in one of the core areas of the organization. By using the classroom as a leadership laboratory, students imagine an organizational system and deal with adaptive challenges that require envisioning and intervention.          

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LDR-557. Leadership Practice: Relationships, Crisis, and Conflicts

Credits: 1

This leadership practice course provides students the opportunity to experiment building relationships and effectively deal with organizational phenomena that adversely affect engagement and performance. By using the classroom as a leadership laboratory, students imagine an organizational system, implement interventions that build relationships, deal with conflicts, and address organizational non-engagement/disengagement. In addition, the course will focus on assessing on-going and predictable organizational threats, planning for crisis, and successfully leading an organization through crisis.

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LDR-558. Leadership Practice: Group Dynamics

Credits: 1

This leadership practice course provides students the opportunity to practice leadership in small group contexts. By using the classroom as a leadership laboratory, students imagine an organizational system and engage in group relations and leading.

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LDR-560. Building Leading Capacity

Credits: 3

Leadership is a learning process. The capacity to lead and collaborate with leaders requires continuous skills development. This requires organizations to create and develop their capacity to train their employees, managers, and executives for better leading and following capability. This course provides learning experiences in which students acquire knowledge and skills necessary to formulate and conduct leader development programs. It introduces students to diverse approaches, methods and tools that are proven to be effective in various organizations. It also engages students in various leader development experimentations throughout the course.

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LDR-580. Leadership Ethics

Credits: 3

The purpose of the course is to examine ethical leadership using an interdisciplinary approach. The value for, and central tenants of, ethical leadership will be reviewed across a variety of business and not for profit contexts. Specifically, the course will focus on three central topics: (1) ethical and character related behavior; (2) an examination of values-based leadership theories and approaches; and (3) creating an ethical organizational climate.

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LDR-591. Applied Leadership Reflection and Planning

Credits: 1

The purpose of the course is to utilize all learning products/projects from other leadership courses (stored in an e-portfolio) for the purpose of reviewing the assignments in combination with other leadership assessments to perform a strengths profile and gap analysis.

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