BUS-411-90, Top: Leadership’s Dark Side (SU13)
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Jones
SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: On-Line, 06/03/2013-07/27/2013
-The subject of leadership ordinarily is taught from the perspective of effectively shaping organizations through exemplary behaviors. Transformational leadership in particular is seen as inherently moral. Yet history and current events clearly show that at least some of the time, many leaders are unethical, immoral, and incompetent. Furthermore, such leaders attract and retain followers who collude with leadership’s dark side.
-This course goes beyond the usual concepts of business ethics and leadership prescriptions. It goes to the heart of leadership’s dark side by exploring the personality and psychology underpinning the dance between leaders and followers, and the factors that lead them to perpetuate dark side behaviors.
This course is technology-enriched and web-enabled. All learners must be able to use Joule, Loyola/Notre Dame digital library services, Microsoft Office products, and email. Use of Joule and digital library services are required (this course is 100% online). You must have internet access and a computer (you can use the ones at school if you don’t have one at home). Here are the rules:
-NDM email (no personal email accounts)
-LND Library account (requires student ID barcode) to access digital journals
-Joule to access additional course materials and grades and to upload some assignments
-You must log into Joule at least twice a week during the course
By participating in a variety of online discussions and engaging assignments, learners will develop a rich understanding and working model of leadership’s dark side that will inform their own practices of leadership and followership.
1. Describe and analyze the history and nature of leadership’s dark side.
2. Analyze the interaction between leadership’s dark side and followers of dark side leaders.
3. Develop a paradigm for leadership’s dark side and its implications.
4. Recognize one’s own dark side and synthesize learning materials into a strategy for working with and through it.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
1. APA. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Note: APA 6th ed. style is required in ALL NDMU business courses. The paperback is at the bookstore ISBN: 978-1433805615. You may prefer the spiral bound ISBN: 978-1433805622, although it is more expensive.
2. Kets de Vries, M. F. R. (2003). Leaders, fools and imposters: Essays on the psychology of leadership. New York: iUniverse, Inc. ISBN: 0-595-28962-2
3. Lipman-Blumen, J. (2006). The allure of toxic leaders: Why we follow destructive bosses and corrupt politicians—and how we can survive them. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-531200-3 (Note: also available as an e-book)
ASSIGNMENT TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SESSION:
1. Purchase Kets de Vries and Lipman-Blumen (they are available through the college bookstore and online—used copies of the hardback versions may be available at reduced prices; Lipman-Blumen is also available as an e-book— ISBN given are for the new paperback versions, but other versions are acceptable).
2. We will be using the new Joule2 Learning Management System. If you are not familiar with Joule, please take the online tutorial. This course requires you to use Joule and be able to attach Microsoft Office documents (MS Word, etc.).
3. Log onto Joule and access the course. Although the course room will be available two weeks before the official start of the class, there probably will be disruptions due to the planned migration to Joule2 during that time.
4. Read the introduction and download all course materials and journal articles from the library (gathering all materials at the beginning of the course will give you the flexibility to sit on the beach and participate fully).