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BUS-400-20, Leadership and Empowerment (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Deborah Calhoun, dcalhoun@ndm.edu

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Saturday/12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 02/02/2013-03/16/2013


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.


This is a Web-assisted course

Assigned readings

Motion picture case

Small-group discussions in class

Interactive lecture

In-class oral presentations

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

Written assignments

Peer collaboration


Processfolio - 25%

The Processfolio is a collection of learner self-assessments and self-analysis with respect to leadership. It contains three intertwined components: inventories, journaling after each inventory and after each of the first five classes, self-assessment, and self/peer collaboration assessment.

Formal Written Assignments - 40%

These individual assignments will strengthen many of the skills needed by strong leaders, including critical thinking and cogent writing. By participating in these you will gain experience through the lens of history as well as from a present-day leader. The assignments will be graded as follows:

15% - Interview a leader or mentor. Provide a four-page paper on your experience.

25% - Apply the concepts of risk, ethics, various leadership theories, and change management based on the leaders in Thirteen Days. The paper must be no shorter than seven pages and will include independent library research.

Quizzes and Graded Group Activities - 35%

This collection of individual and group assessments ensures content mastery and demonstrates application of leadership concepts. Team-Based Readiness Assessment RAT (25%) and Group Case Studies Analysis (10%)


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.


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

-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. See Learner’s Guide in Joule for additional information. The Joule site for this course will become available on January 15, 2013.

-Please note: This course is taught in a 7-week accelerated format which means you will be completing the work of a 14 week, full-semester course in seven weeks. Given the accelerated format and the attendance policy of the Business and Economics Department, students who miss more than two class meetings will not be able to pass this course and must withdraw.  Students who cannot attend the first class meeting should not register for this course.