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Leadership Theory, Practices and Approaches

Overview of current literature on the theories, practices and approaches to leadership. Exploration of definitions and the dynamics of transformative learning and their implications for the development of effective leadership.

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Transform. Lead. and Spirit.

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Fall 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
HUM 5101 000
Students enrolled in this course must attend Orientation Monday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Integration Friday, September 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 TBA ONLINE Miriam K. Martin
September 25 Monday 09:30 - 12:30 LAF141 Miriam K. Martin
September 25 Monday 13:30 - 16:30 LAF141 Miriam K. Martin
September 26 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 LAF141 Miriam K. Martin

Through readings, lectures (presentations, videos and PowerPoints), class discussions, and assignments, students will engage in an introduction to the theoretical foundations of transformative leadership. Drawing on relevant historical and contemporary sources, students trace the evolution of various approaches, definitions and models of leadership. Particular themes discussed in this course include: agency, authenticity, power, practice and social change. The elements constituting creative and effective leadership in various settings are also discussed.

  • Develop a critical understanding of leadership theory and practice
  • Appreciate the variety of leadership approaches and identify their strengths and challenges
  • Analyze the intrinsic relationships between theory and practice and personal and societal transformation
  • Identify issues that impact on the creative and effective application of leadership in various settings
  • Articulate the theoretical foundations of transformative leadership
  • Recognize one’s own leadership preferences and capacities
  • Regular onsite class times (see schedule September 25th- 29th)
  • Assigned Readings and Video Presentations
  • Active participation in class discussion (face-to-face and online discussion forum): 25%
  • Short reflection Paper: 20%
  • Case Study: 20%
  • Final Paper/Project 35%
Mandatory Reading

Northhouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th Edition. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2016.

Shields, Carolyn M. Transformative Leadership: A Primer. New York: Peter Lang, 2016.

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