Masters in Leadership Course Descriptions

LEA 6301 Integrative Project in Organizational Leadership (Capstone course to be taken in the last semester) - A project that synthesizes the principles of the leadership courses into a written integrative document.

LEA 6302 Organizational Theory and Practice - An examination of the theories and concepts of organizational design and their application to organizations.

LEA 6303 Strategic Planning - An examination of the theories and concepts of organizational design and their application to organizations.

LEA 6304 Organizational Leadership - A theoretical and practical review of the meaningful difference that leadership can make in every aspect of organizational life. Particular attention is given to how leaders help generate organizational contributions to society through generating shared vision and values, acting as change agents, sharing power, engaging with constituents, and moving toward the fulfillment of the organization's mission.

LEA 6305 Conflict Management - An introduction to the concepts endemic to conflict resolution, focusing on the latest literature in the field and application of skills in leadership given their participation in this course, students should have a clearer understanding of the unique value that Christian principles bring to conflict resolution, a greater awareness of the techniques and interpersonal framework incumbent in successful negotiation, a deeper appreciation of the unique opportunities and challenges that conflict can bring to an organization, team, or interpersonal relationships, and strengthened ability to manage personal agendas and feelings, communication, and adherence to the mission and vision of organizations, relationships, or teams. The most important ability that students in this class will develop is an understanding of of how to create win-win solutions in virtually every conflict situation.

LEA 6306 Leaders and Values - This course will address the specific ethical issues which leaders confront, especially issues related to power, influence, manipulation, service and personal character. Often leaders are confronted with difficult ethical situations. Leaders are tempted in a number of different ways, especially to use their authority within the system in which they act as a leader, to coerce, manipulate, or take advantage of others for what appears to be some benefit, be it personal, institutional, or ideological. Leadership often requires establishing the values for a certain organization or organizational culture. How does one lead ethically? Is it right to transform others into one's own vision of what they should be, for the sake of an organizational goal? Ought leaders merely to cultivate consensus? Should a leader ever hold his followers to a higher standard than he or she holds his or her self? This course will deal with the peculiar "sins" which leaders are prone to commit. While this course may at times address questions related to business or medical ethics, the focus will be on the leadership dilemmas which confront those in leadership roles.

LEA 6307 Nonprofit Leadership and Theory - An examination of the leadership challenges of nonprofit organizations as well as its distinctive theoretical components.

LEA 6308 Emotional Intelligence - Emotional intelligence and the skills it encompasses are a person's most powerful tools for leadership success. These skills have proven to be as important as technical expertise. Emotional intelligence supports achievement and task performance in many areas, including team building, performance evaluations, leadership development, fostering innovation, personnel retention, conflict resolution, change management and setback coping skills. Most importantly, emotional intelligence helps individuals and their organizations nurture technical expertise and intellectual capital, the lifeblood of any successful enterprise. Based on the pioneering work of Daniel Goleman, LEA 6308 will focus on the core competencies of emotional intelligence. 

LEA 6312 Servant Leadership - Leading by serving first - a simple yet profound philosophy that is guided by a clear set of principles that are values and relational based; most people are naturally inclined to embrace; and is built upon proven leadership core competencies and best practices. 

The Servant Leadership course will focus on the acquisition and and execution of the most critical competencies of leading by serving first; advanced empathy, persuasion, foresight, humility, collaboration, and the ethical use of power, among other skills. The curriculum integrates Robert Greenleaf's core ideas about Servant Leadership, with the latest and best thinking of top researchers, thought-leaders, and accomplished leadership practitioners.

LEA 6314 Leading Organizational Change - The content of Leading Organizational Change includes the formulation and interpretation of policy, executive responsibility, decision-making, administrative practices and business ethic. This is a writing intensive course and case analysis will be the primary learning tool.

LEA 6318 Leading Teams - Focuses on virtual teams, team management, team dynamics, working together, problem solving, team conflict, measuring team performance and team building techniques.

LEA 6320 Communication for Leaders - A theoretical and practical examination of the role that communication plays in effective leadership, and strategies for improvement and success in developing, delivering and sustaining a leadership message in organizations.

LEA 6322 Global and Cultural Leadership - An experiential study of the theory, practical challenges, and successful practice of leaders in cross-cultural or global settings. Students will examine leaders on a variety of levels in cultures different than their own. May be combined with an international or interregional travel experience.