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BUS-400 Leadership and Empowerment


-Identifies important leadership concepts used to evaluate critically students’ perceptions about leadership and describe relevant leadership attitudes, behaviors, and skills. The course incorporates a variety of experiences including self-assessment, skill development, and small group team activities to strengthen personal and organizational leadership. Integrates course learning, experience, and feedback to assess individual leadership skills and identify personal development needs. Prerequisite: BUS-302. [3 credits]

-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.


  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.


  1. Unit readings and journaling
  2. Watching required major motion picture
  3. Class preparation for active participation in discussions, quizzes, and assessments
  4. Completion of all Unit and course assignments
  5. Active participation in class and small groups


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  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class.