Leadership

Leadership

This is a one unit, four week course that provides a basic introduction to leadership theory and practice. While exploring contemporary theories, principles, and practices of leadership, the course explores effective leadership techniques with particular attention to their application in information organizations. The course will be characterized by high challenge, active participation, self-direction, and the encouragement of and respect for diverse viewpoints. “Scholars tackle two kinds of subjects. Some, like dry-fly fishing and the iconography of sixteenth-century French poetry, can be plumbed to their depths. Others, like leadership, are so vast and complex that they can only be explored" (Bennis, Warren. 1996. The leader as storyteller. Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb): 157). * * * In this course, our exploration into leadership will include gaining insight into ourselves, being attentive to a variety of current and classic leadership scholars and their theories, focusing on current challenges of leadership within information organizations, and developing a research-based plan for our own individual ongoing leadership development. Assignments include an interview of a practicing organizational leader to bridge theory and practice. We frequently hear the complaint that there is a need for more leaders, or more effective leaders. However, we believe, with the management consultant and theorist Peter Block, that " . . . we can and we must make our organizations more the kinds of places we want them to be . . .". That impact is most likely to occur with attention to our own individual and collective practice of leadership.

Class Name Leadership
Host School San Jose State University
Class Identifier INFO 282
Credit Value 1 Credit Hours
Faculty Dr. Carol Sawyer
Course Tool (Online) Other
Class Description This is a one unit, four week course that provides a basic introduction to leadership theory and practice. While exploring contemporary theories, principles, and practices of leadership, the course explores effective leadership techniques with particular attention to their application in information organizations. The course will be characterized by high challenge, active participation, self-direction, and the encouragement of and respect for diverse viewpoints. “Scholars tackle two kinds of subjects. Some, like dry-fly fishing and the iconography of sixteenth-century French poetry, can be plumbed to their depths. Others, like leadership, are so vast and complex that they can only be explored" (Bennis, Warren. 1996. The leader as storyteller. Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb): 157). * * * In this course, our exploration into leadership will include gaining insight into ourselves, being attentive to a variety of current and classic leadership scholars and their theories, focusing on current challenges of leadership within information organizations, and developing a research-based plan for our own individual ongoing leadership development. Assignments include an interview of a practicing organizational leader to bridge theory and practice. We frequently hear the complaint that there is a need for more leaders, or more effective leaders. However, we believe, with the management consultant and theorist Peter Block, that " . . . we can and we must make our organizations more the kinds of places we want them to be . . .". That impact is most likely to occur with attention to our own individual and collective practice of leadership.
Class Disclaimer Students must meet the school's home computing and technology literacy prerequisites. See http://ischool.sjsu.edu/current-students/technology-support/home-computing-environment
Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date January 26th, 2017 - February 23rd, 2017
Start and End Time
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Days of Week
(of class meetings, if synchronous)
Last Add Day January 12th, 2017
Residency Start and End Date No Residency
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