Fran Coulter Honors Program at ASUMH

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Spring 2006



Unit One - Developing a leadership philosophy

Focus: Discuss Leadership Styles

Learning Objectives

         Profile toward the development of a personal philosophy of leadership

         Identify effective leaders and the characteristics of leadership evidenced by

         these leaders

         Define leadership in terms of the skills necessary for effective leadership

         Identify leadership philosophies and characteristics revealed in the film and


         Establish the foundation for a personal leadership philosophy based on an

         enhanced understanding of self


         ”Thinking about Leadership,” Thomas Cronin

         “Four Competencies of Great Leaders” and ”Ten Traits of Dynamic

         Leaders,” Warren Bennis

         “Why Should Anyone Be Led By You,” Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones

         “The Female Advantage,” Sally Helgesen

The Classic Case: The Philosopher King, Plato

Leadership Profile: Cleopatra from Plutarch’s lives

Film Study

12 O’clock High


Type Talk

Assumptions About People


Unit Two - Articulating a vision.

Focus: 1) Define vision, 2) Discuss communication strategies.

Learning Objectives

         Recognize specific skills and techniques used by effective leaders to affect

         the quality of the communication process

         Evaluate objectively the effectiveness of personal communication


         Identify the elements of successful intergroup communication.

         Consider potential strategies available to enhance communication


         Apply the skills and techniques used in effective communication

         Understand the importance of articulating a clear and strong vision


“Enlist Others: Attracting People to Common Purposes,” James Kouzes

and Barry Posner

“Vision and Meaning: Two Sides of the Same Coin,” James A. Vaughn

Classic Case: Henry V. William Shakespeare

Leadership Profile: Martin Luther King Jr.

Reflection: “Gettysburg Address”: Abraham Lincoln

Film Study

Dead Poet’s Society


Hollow Square


Unit Three - Leading with goals

Focus: Goal setting

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the necessity for clearly defined goals for effective leadership

         Recognize the role a leader plays in setting organizational goals

         Formulate goals that are appropriate for an organization

         Formulate goals that translate into specific and concrete actions

         Apply concepts of effective goal setting to personal, interpersonal, and

         career development


“Man’s Search for Meaning,” Victor Frankl

“The Power of Goals,” Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R.


“Workshops Aid in Goal Setting,” William B. Werther, Jr.

Classic Case: Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Leadership Profile: Frederick Douglas

Reflection: Tell Me by Langston Hughes

Film Study

Sister Act


Setting Goals for Your Community


Unit Four - Ethics of leadership

Focus: Values, attitudes, and ethical priorities

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the impact ethical behavior has on effective leadership

         Define the elements of ethical leadership

         Examine the nature of attitude and value acquistion

         Evaluate his or her personal ethical priorities

         Understand the origin of institutional ethics and the influence they exert

         upon the lives of people in the institution

         Understand ethical leadership


“The Wide and Easy Way,” Ronald W. Roskens

“A Leader has High Ethics: Building Trust with Your Followers,” Shelia

Murray Bethel

“Thinking Ethically: A Framework for Moral Decision Making,” Manuel

Valasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J. Meyer, Michael J. Meyer

Class Case: “Billy Budd,” Herman Melville

Leadership Profile: Confucius excerpts from Analects

Reflection: Robert Coles

Film Study

Miss Evers’ Boys


Whom to Choose: Values and Group Decision Making


Unit Five - Making decisions

Focus: 1)Rational problem-solving process, 2) Inference and observation

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the role of decision making in effective leadership

         Apply the steps of the rational problem-solving process

         Recognize the roles of cooperation and competition in the decision making


         Understand the impact of inference and observation in decision making

         Identify effective decision making strategies

         Understand personal responsibility for decisions


“Shooting an Elephant,” George Orwell

“What you Don’t Know About Making Decisions,” David A. Garvin and

Michael A. Roberto

Classic Case: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Leadership Profile: Chief Joseph

Reflection: Robert Frost

Film Study

Twelve Angry Men


Lost at Sea



Unit Six - Managing conflict

Focus:1) Stimulating versus reducing conflict, 2) Positive conflict

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the importance of a leader’s role in managing conflict

         Understand that conflict is an ever-present element in most organizations

         Differentiate between dysfunctional and functional conflict

         Identify various types of conflict

         Identify practical approaches and techniques for conflict management

         Learn about managing conflict


“Federalist #10,” James Madison

“Conflict,” Dennis Coon

Classic Case: The Illiad, Homer

Leadership Profile: Chimate Chumbolo

Film Study:

Little Women


Iliad skit


Unit Seven - Building a team

Focus: 1) Collaborating and working together, 2) Ways to destroy teamwork

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the significance of team building as a leadership skill

         Recognize the role of the team in an organization

         Describe several ways to improve team building

         Identify foundations of effective teamwork

         Understand the teambuilding process


“Twelve Ways to Better Team Building,” Ellen Belzer

“The Secret of Great Groups,” Warren Bennis

Classic Case: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Leadership Profile: Cesar Chavez

Reflection” Te-Tao Cheng

Film Study

Remember the Titans


Intergroup Model Building: A Lego Creature


Unit Eight - Empowering groups

Focus: Types of group leadership

Learning Objectives

         Distinguish between transactional and transformational leadership

         Understand the relationship between power, delegation, and empowerment

         of subordinates

         Define the principles of empowerment necessary to be effective as a leader

         Recognize the benefits of effective empowerment

         Understand ‘emotional intelligence’ and the correlation of it to empowering


         Understand the importance of and methods of delegation and empowerment


“Leadership as Empowering Others,” W. Warner Burke

“From Transaction to Transformational Leadership: Learning to Share the

Vision,” Bernard M. Bass

“The End of Leadership: Exemplary Leadership is Impossible Without Full

Inclusion Initiatives, and Cooperation of Followers,” Warren Bennis

“Leadership That Gets Results,” Daniel Goleman

Classic Case: Antigone, Sophocles

Leadership Profile: Nelson Mandela

Film Study

Norma Rae


Shaping the Future


Unit Nine - Initiating change

Focus—Dealing with resistance to change

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the importance of initiating and managing change as a leadership


         Identify positive and negative effects of change within an organization,

         group, community, or institution

         Describe the leader’s role to affect change within his/her organization

         Evaluate personal readiness to respond to change, and/or adapt to change as

         a leader

         Discuss ways to overcome resistance to change

         Understand the challenge of initiating change in an organization, group, community, or institution


“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Choosing Strategies for Change,” John P. Kotter and Leonard A.


“Dealing With Resistance to Change,” Joseph and Bettie Stanislao

Classic Case: Allegory of the Cave, Plato

Leadership Profile: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Film Study

Schindler’s List


Space Jam


Unit Ten - Leading by serving

Focus—Servant leadership

Learning Objectives

         Recognize the need for servant leaders in any organization. Recognize the

         significance of team building as a leadership skill

         Understand the qualities that servant leaders possess

         Examine the role of individual initiative for combatting evil and spreading good in the world

         Discover the need for individual voluntarism and the inherent weaknesses

         that exist in allowing governments to do for people what other people

         should be doing

         Recognize the benefits of volunteering or serving others

         Understand the concept and importance of servant-leadership


“The Servant as Leader,” Robert K. Greenleaf

“Becoming a Servant-Leader: The Personal Development Path,” Isabel O.


“Servant Leadership,” Robin T. Wilson

Classic Case: Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse

Leadership Profile: Harriet Tubman

Film Study



Leadership in Flight



Note: As becomes necessary, some substitutions may be made in readings, film studies, and exercises/activities.  Additionally, speakers will be scheduled in throughout the semester as speaker schedules permit.


Investigating ideas, Searching for solutions: Creating leaders.