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BUS-411-20, Top: Leadership's Lessions in Lit (SU13)

INSTRUCTOR: John D. Pollard     

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Tuesdays and Thursdays/6 –8:45 p.m., on the following dates: 05/28, 05/30, 06/04, 06/06, 06/11, 06/13, 06/18, 06/20, 06/25 and 06/27 (ten sessions).

CONTENT:

The purpose of this course is to give students a broader and deeper understanding of the universality of leadership throughout our history by reading and examining carefully selected excerpts from some of the great works of literature. The heroes and authors of this literature mirror our humanity—our strengths and weaknesses, our ability to lead and manage, and our capacity for change. Fourteen of these selected works will be examined, ranging from Plato’s and King David’s eras to the 20th century. Accompanying each excerpt are selected business articles that serve to provide a more contemporary perspective on the lessons contained in the reading.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

In this course, students will: Come to have an enhanced sense of appreciation of the universality of leadership, draw a panoramic view of mankind with it frailties, conflicts, flaws and wonders, better understand the timeless nature of issues leaders face every day, and develop an enriched and enlightened perspective on the nature of leadership which will help them to lead more creatively and effectively.

METHODS:

The seminar approach will be utilized. First, the students will read the assigned leadership cases prior to class and will be asked to prepare answers to selected questions regarding the readings. Then, in the classroom they will engage in  instructor-led inquisitive dialogue designed to draw out the leadership lessons the selected works can offer. 

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Because this course is seminarial in nature, class participation is emphasized. Contribution to class discussion is worth 30%. Students will be required to read and analyze all of the Classic Cases and there will be four analytic papers required worth 15% each, for a total of 60%. The complexity, content and length of these papers will differ for undergraduate and graduate students. There will be an in-class assessment exercise during the last class, worth 10%.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

There are fourteen Classic Leadership Cases boxed in sets that have been provided by the Hartwick Humanities in Management Institute of the Hartwick College. These sets are available for purchase in the Triangle Bookstore here at NDM.

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

None.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Please read “Plato’s The Republic” and “King David”, and be prepared to discuss the questions posed in each reading.