Leadership and Motivation
Dr. E. Cooper
firstname.lastname@example.org - x44211
Office Hours: Ball 317 T-R 11:00-12:00; or by appointment
Text: Leadership: Theory, Application, & Skill Development. 3rd ed R.N. Lussier
& C. F. Achua. Thomson/South Western. 2007.
QUESTIONS ON LEADERSHIP
There are a myriad of questions that should guide our inquiry into leadership,
among them we should ask:
Questions about Leadership
What is it? What is the leadership process? Where does the leader's source of
influence stem from? What forms of leadership have been effective? Why? What
forms of leadership are not effective? Why? Can a leader really move an
organization --does leadership make a difference? Are there substitutes for and
neutralizers of leadership? What is the dark side of leadership? Who is the
charismatic leader? What type of leadership is needed for organizations
preparing for entry into the 21st century? Do groups always need a leader? Are
people born to be leaders? Can people be trained to be leaders?
Questions about Leadership and You
Who are you as a leader? What are your most distinguishing leadership traits?
What style are you most comfortable being around? What is your preferred
leadership style? How do you influence others? Are you a good follower? What
part of you needs to be developed if you are going to be an effective leader of
and within the 21st century organization?
YOUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
THINK AND WONDER ABOUT LEADERSHIP!
Be inquisitive; take your education seriously; open yourself up to new
information and ideas; think about what it is that you are hearing and reading;
don't let me, others in the class, or pieces of information that you are being
presented "turn you off" --don't give it, me, or us the power to rob you of an
educational experience; assume the responsibility for your own education and
use a variety of the university's resources (e.g., the library, the textbook, other
faculty, and me) to facilitate this process.
A learning laboratory
Our lives are filled with continuous contact with people who are in positions of
leadership (we see them in our student groups and organizations, within the
university's sporting clubs and teams, in the university's academic setting, at
work, in our neighborhoods and communities, at church, the synagogue or
mosque, in politics and professional sports, ...). We are continually
experiencing the consequences of the acts of leadership; some of these may be
rewarding and constructive, some may be frustrating, controlling, destructive,
and dysfunctional. Regardless of the end of the continuum that they represent,
they provide us with an opportunity to learn. Observe, experience, think about,
analyze, and learn from all of these leadership transactions. What a great
learning laboratory life gives us!
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN LEARNING!
An important component of this course is to understand how each of us fits
into the workplace. This will require an openness to share ideas, values and
emotions. We must develop a spirit of mutual trust and respect for each other
and various viewpoints. Everyone should feel free to disagree with each other,
the readings, and even me! I hope you will feel free to express any and every
idea, even if it is unpopular. Disagreement is encouraged, fighting and disdain
is not. Attendance and participation is critical as is honesty and trust.
The vast majority of managerial and organizational members' interactions with
others are oral and spontaneous in nature. For this reason, the development of
your oral, listening, questioning, and quick thinking skills is an extremely
important part of your personal development. The classroom should be
considered a laboratory in which you can work on the development of these
skills. This seminar should be treated as a laboratory in which you can work
on your ability to convince your peers of the correctness of your thoughts,
Please do not call me if you are missing class UNLESS IT IS FOR AN EXAM!
There is virtually no excuse for missing an exam. However, if the impossible
happens you must contact me within 24 hours of the scheduled test. There
will be no exceptions to this time frame. If you fail to contact me you will
receive a zero for the test! If you will be missing all of your classes for an
extended period, contact the dean’s office. They will contact all of your
If you miss class, contact a classmate to see what you have missed.
Any student with a documented disability needs to contact me as early in the
semester as possible to arrange reasonable accommodations. Be sure to
contact Disability Services for Students office at 330 Memorial Union. 874-
2098. Failure to do so in the first few weeks of class may cost you
Students are expected to behave with professional integrity and honesty.
Specifically, plagiarism, sharing work with other students on individual
assignments (i.e., giving or receiving information), failure to give credit to
appropriate knowledge sources, and other forms of dishonesty will not be
tolerated. All work for this class is to be original to this class and not prepared
for any other class. I recommend that you familiarize yourself with URI’s
Regulations for Student Conduct (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/8.20-8.27.html),
specifically referring to Sections 8.27.10-8.27.20.
All information disseminated by myself, whether oral or written is my
intellectual property. Any use other than for your own personal academic
purposes is strictly forbidden.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADE DISTRIBUTION:
All papers are to be typed, double spaced with no typos
1. Leading the Class: As students of leadership, it is important to get
some experience in leading. In groups of two (2) students will lead the class in
exercises, activities and projects related to the day’s topic. The first day of each
topic will be lecture and discussion facilitated by the instructor. The second
day will be additional materials presented by the students. The book provides
some of these potential activities, but as leaders, you will need to supplement
the activities and be sure to motivate the class to participate.
As part of leading the class, you will prepare an agenda (class outline) and
write a reaction paper about your experience leading the class. This paper
should include what you did to prepare, what you expected to happen, what
did happen and how you handled any unforeseen events. While you will work
in teams of 2, each person writes his/her own paper.
This is 30% of your grade
2. Participation in class: While your classmates are leading the class, you
will be participating. This is a critical aspect of the course! For each student
lead class, you will write a reaction paper. This paper should include three
1. Did the team do a good job of presenting the material? Were they able to
motivate the class? Did they keep you interested? Did they clarify
information? Were they prepared?
2. What did you learn from the day’s activities? i.e. if there were
questionnaires, did you learn about yourself? Do you feel these measures
described you? If you did activities, did you learn from them? What was the
best aspect of the day? What else would like to have seen/done?
3. How can you take what you did today and incorporate this into the
material on leadership? Did it clarify a theory? Explain a behavior? Give you
ideas on how to be a leader?
These are a guideline as to the type of material to include. This paper should
be 1-2 pages.
This is worth 30% of your grade.
3. Exams: There will be two exams given throughout the semester. Each
exam will cover reading and lecture material and will not be cumulative.
Each test is worth 20% of your grade for a total of 40%.
Subject to change
Topic Date Assignment:
Welcome R Sep 4
Ideas about leadership
Who is a Leader T Sep 9 Ch 1
Traits and Ethics R Sep 11 Ch 2
T Sep 16
Behavior and Motivation R Sep 18 Ch 3
T Sep 23
Power/politics, etc R Sep 25 Ch 4
T Sep 30 No Class: Rosh Hashana
Contingency Theories R Oct. 2 Ch 5
T Oct 7
R Oct 9 No Class: Yom Kippur
Spirituality T Oct 14 Appendix
R Oct 16
Midterm T Oct 21
Communication R Oct 23 Ch 6
T Oct 28
Leader - Follower R Oct 30 Ch 7
T Nov 4 No Class: Election Day
R Nov 6
Teams and Self- Management T Nov 11 Ch 8
W Nov 12 Tues classes meet on Wed
We will not meet unless necessary
R Nov 13
Charismatic/Transformational T Nov 18 Ch 9
R Nov 20
Culture and Diversity T Nov 25 Ch 10
R Nov 26 No Class: Thanksgiving
T Dec. 2
Crises and change R Dec 4 Ch 11
T Dec. 9
Scheduled final periods.
12:30 – Thursday Dec 11 3:00- 6:00
2:00 – Thursday Dec 11 11:30-2:30
We may try a common time. Who knows?