MLS 5300 Essentials of Leadership
Instructors: Steve Telless / Chuck Watkins
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Offices: Kelly Hall Room 213/Fort Bliss Bldg 639
Phones: (915) 747-8580 (Steve)/5239 (Chuck)
(915) 479-2671 (Steve Cell)
Essentials of Leadership is the first course of the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
(MLS) program. The course is designed to provide students with the foundational
knowledge of leadership. The course will engage students in essential intellectual
questions relating to the study and practice of leadership. These questions include the
following: What is leadership? What is good leadership? How do persons become
effective leaders and/or effective followers? Is there a differentiation between leadership
and management? It further examines leadership in the context of classic and
contemporary readings, which provides an opportunity for students to gain exposure to
the language of leadership, the associated theories, and styles of leadership.
Additionally, students will participate in activities which facilitate the intellectual and
practical application of leadership essentials through research, dialogue, and
The course is offered through a hybrid model of delivery, consisting of classroom
instruction/discussions, and online assignments. The various components of the hybrid
format are intended to challenge students to think critically and imaginatively about the
essentials of leadership. This course is an intellectual enterprise both in the classroom
and online environments, focusing on critical reading and reflection on the course texts
and classroom discussions.
The intent of this course is to seek and broaden the student’s perspectives of leadership
and establish basic vocabulary, concepts, and approaches that can serve as a
foundation which is necessary in the field of leadership. The course seeks to enable the
Read and develop a broad understanding of the major paradigms of
Explain and articulate the major classical theories of leadership.
Identify and discern your natural leadership style/role and of others you
Distinguish the conceptual differences between leadership and
Understand and apply the Eight-Stage Change Process.
Differentiate and justify the factors necessitating organizational change.
“You get out of it what you put into it” This is the fundamental axiom of the MLS
program. To be successful in this course and any course in the MLS program, student
responsibility to the completion of assignments and projects is essential. This is a fast
paced, academically rigorous course. A considerable amount of reading and writing is
required between sessions on the student's own time. Students must be prepared to
discuss the readings and take part in all learning activities as well as actively participate
in classroom and online discussions. Full participation in class activities, meaning that
students must come to class prepared to participate and contribute to discussions, give
assigned presentations, etc. Class participation is desired to make this an enjoyable
Attendance, both in class and online is essential to fully participate and benefit
from this course and therefore it is heavily factored into your final grade.
Excessive absences or failure to participate with online discussions may result in
the student earning a substantial grade reduction in this course. Students with 3
absences or more in the first 2 weeks of the semester will risk being
administratively dropped from the class. Please notify your instructor in
advance regarding attendance issues.
This course is designed to encourage discussion through open and supportive
communication; therefore, respect of opinions and ideas will be observed and
disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. Strict observance to
netiquette (net etiquette) while online will also be enforced. For more on
netiquette please refer to: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/
All writing assignments submitted will use the American Psychological
Associations (APA), 6th edition format. All papers will be suitable for a
professional/scholarly audience reflecting graduate level writing, as well as
professional in overall appearance and organization. The book review analysis
should be 4-6 pages, 12 point font, double spaced, with 1 inch margins. Specific
criteria and a grading rubric for assignments and papers will be distributed with
each assignment. Partial credit will be given for late papers/assignments—credit
may be lower depending on the quality of the work submitted. Late assignments
will not be accepted at all after one week past the due date.
All online submissions will have assigned deadlines. The deadlines will be posted
in the announcement section of Blackboard, the discussions board, and in class.
Failure to meet the deadlines will result in point reduction. Also, if you are to
respond to threaded discussion postings in Blackboard, you are required to
respond in a meaningful and scholarly manner, to a minimum of two students. A
simple agreement is not a response; at the same time, try to limit your response
to no more than 250 words. Your contribution is welcomed and is necessary to
facilitate further the discussions in class.
Classroom, Online Participation: 30%
Book Reviews (2): 50%
Your work, whether it is book reviews, class participation or presentation is to be
situated within the research relevant to the ideas, insights, and recommendations being
put forth. You want to be able to refer to the supporting research literature to facilitate
your analysis and validate your arguments.
Online Course Texts Classroom Course Texts
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell (2002). Harvard Business Review on Leadership
Oren Harari. ISBN-10: 0875848834
ISBN-10: 007141861X ISBN-13: 978-0875848839
ISBN-13: 978-0071418614 A Sense of Urgency (2008). John P. Kotter
Servant Leadership: ISBN-10: 1422179710
A Journey in the Nature of Legitimate ISBN-13:978-1422179710
Power and Greatness (1997).
Robert K. Greenleaf.
Online Course Expectations (What you should know)
Who is my instructor, and how do I contact the instructor?
Prior to the start of a semester, you can email the instructor and request information
about the course. Your instructor's email link can be found on the syllabus and on the
Blackboard web site. You can also go to UTEP online directory to find information for
How will I communicate with the instructor during the course?
Most instructors can be contacted through email in the course and may answer
questions in the discussion forum. In order to better communicate with learners, some
instructors may even create discussion forums within your course. Your instructor will
advise you about their preferred mode of communication in the course syllabus. Some
instructors will give you an outside email address or telephone contact to use in
How much time should I expect to spend per week on my online course?
It is a common misperception that online courses take less time per week than face-to-
face courses. In actuality, online courses often require a substantial time commitment.
Although the amount of time required for an online course varies, it's a good rule of
thumb to allocate about 10 to 12 hours per week per online course. You should expect
the following from your online course:
The amount of homework required in an online course will be roughly the same
as that assigned in a face-to-face course.
Most online courses will ask that you spend time participating in discussions with
the instructor and other learners. These discussions will play a central role in
your learning experience.
You may be asked to play an active role in group or team activities. This will
involve coordinating and working with several other learners who may be
dispersed across different time zones.
Do I need books for an online course?
Instructors generally require students to use textbooks for their online courses. Please
refer to the syllabus or contact the instructor for information about the required
Can I take the course at my own pace?
Some online courses are self-paced, meaning that learners can complete the materials
on their own schedule as long as they are finished by the conclusion of the semester.
However, most online courses will be facilitated by an instructor and require that
learners adhere to a course schedule for readings, assignments, and discussions with
other learners. It will be important for your success to adhere to this schedule so you
can contribute to discussions and group projects in meaningful ways. Your presence in
the course will only be apparent if you participate!
Do I have to login to my class at a specific time?
No. Online classes can be accessed 24x7. Many of the courses do have scheduled
dates for exams and assignments. It is wise to know these in advance and to put them
in your calendar.
How do I access my class material?
Access to courses is through Blackboard, which is reached by logging in at
How will I turn in assignments and receive grades? Will my instructor accept late
Online Learning courses use technology for teaching and communication. You will need
to be comfortable with up and downloading your assignments, as well as moving them
in and out of your word processing software. Your instructor will let you know how they
expect you to turn in assignments and receive grades in the syllabus. Your instructor's
policy for late work will appear in the syllabus; this should also outline the time frame for
when you can expect work to be graded or receive an email response from your
instructor. For instance, your instructor may state that he or she will return email within
48 hours except on weekends and will grade assignments within seven business days.
DATE TOPIC SOURCE
24 August UTEP Orientation
Course Overview Syllabus
Leadership Exercise #1
The Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact HBR on Leadership
26 August What Leaders Really Do
Managers and Leaders:
Are They Really Different? HBR on Leadership
The Discipline of Building Character
The Ways Chief Executive Officers Lead
How to Write a Critical Review Class Handout
31 August The Human Side of Management
The Work of Leadership HBR on Leadership
Whatever Happened to the
2 September Leadership v. Management Changing Minds.org
New Paradigm in Management Managementhelp.org
4 September Review of Servant Leadership due
7 September Labor Day Holiday – No Class
9 September It Starts with a Sense of Urgency
Complacency and False Urgency A Sense of Urgency
Increasing True Urgency
14 September Tactic One: Bring the Outside In
Tactic Two: Behave with Urgency
Every Day A Sense of Urgency
Tactic Three: Find Opportunities in Crisis
Tactic Four: Deal with the “No-Nos”
16 September Keeping Urgency Up
The Eight Step Model for Change A Sense of Urgency
18 September Review of The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell due