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BUS-400-20, Leadership and Empowerment (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Megan C. Farrell, J.D., MBA

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Thursdays/6:00PM-8:45PM, 01/30/2014-05/15/2014


Leadership and Empowerment examines multiple leadership paradigms with a focus on approaches that are inclusive, empowering, value adding, and ethical. Learners apply major leadership models and research to group and individual experiences. The course strengthens personal and organizational leadership through integration of course learning, experience, and feedback. Learners will have the opportunity to assess individual leadership skills and identify personal development needs.


On successful completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate five core competencies:

1. Assess leader behavior, organizational culture, and complex leadership situations through various leadership models and analyze the effects of risk taking and ethical decision making in morally ambiguous situations through a variety of activities that culminate in a final research paper. This objective combines research, critical thinking, cogent writing, and values through interpreting visual media.

2. Demonstrate skill in interpersonal communication and application of leadership ideas by conducting an interview of a leader and interpreting the results in a written paper. This objective combines oral and written communication with application of course content.

3. Assess organizational dilemmas and present options and solutions in persuasive oral presentations. This objective promotes lateral leadership in a group setting to produce and deliver oral group presentations using appropriate visual aids.

4. Give and receive performance feedback while being sensitive to and respectful of persons from her/his own and other cultures and engage and value their contributions in accomplishing group activities, cases, and presentations. This objective supports using qualitative skills in decision making, practicing lateral leadership in group settings, and communicating effectively both informally during activities and formally in a graded self and peer assessment.

5. Refine personal values and assess personal leadership ability and potential culminating in a strategy for personal leadership development through a variety of self-assessment and journaling activities. This objective applies critical thinking to personal values.


Assigned text and other readings

Motion picture case

Small-group discussions in class

Interactive lecture

In-class oral presentations (group facilitation)

In-class media and library research using laptops or mobile devices

Written assignments

Peer collaboration


Unit readings

Unit journaling

Watching required major motion picture

Class preparation for active participation in discussions, quizzes, and assessments

Completion of all Unit and course assignments

Active participation in class and small groups


-Textbook: NDMU has arranged for a reduced-price, abridged edition of the textbook that is only available at the university bookstore:

-Notre Dame of Maryland University. (2011). Leadership and empowerment: BUS 400. Boston: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781121198142

-It is important to get the seventh edition of the book if you prefer to purchase or rent the unabridged print or digital version (there are many changes made from the sixth edition), as these may be more cost effective options. The publication information for the original text is:

-Hughes, R. L., Ginnett, R. C., & Curphy, G. J. (2011). Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN: 9780078112652

-Film: Purchase, rent, or stream:

DeLuca, M. (Producer), & Donaldson, R. (Director). (2001). Thirteen Days [Motion picture]. United States: New Line Cinemas.


These will be available in the online classroom.


The following assignments are to be completed prior to Unit One:

-Read the General Syllabus in the Learner’s Guide and review the entire Guide

-Read Chapters “What Do We Mean by Leadership?” and  “Leader Development”

-Assess yourself: Take the Kelley Follower Type (keep a paper copy and bring the paper copy to class). Write journal responses according to the journal rubric.