Leadership and Motivation Bus 441 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 curious 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, ideas. CLASS GUIDELINES 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 professors. 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 accommodation. 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 sections: 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%. Tentative Schedule 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?
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