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MG 620 Leadership in Organizations
Nesbitt, John R.


Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

Course

MG 620 Leadership in Organizations

Semester

S2P 2006 DL

Faculty

Nesbitt, Jack

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M. A., Penn State University

Daytime Phone

(816) 356-7272

E-Mail

Jack.Nesbitt@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 8 to May 7, 2006

Class Days

Wednesday

Class Time

5:30 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
REQUIRED:  Kouzes and Posner, The Leadership Challenge, 3rd Edition, ISBN 0-7879-6833-1 (2003)

REQUIRED:  Jack Welch, JACK:  Straight from the Gut, ISBN 0-446-69068-6 (Oct 2003)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Any standard style manual is acceptable (APA, Turabian, etc.)


Course Description:
Discusses leadership in organizations, problem solving techniques and communication, coordination, and human relation skills required for managerial success. Topics covered include principles and practices of management functions such as planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling.

Educational Philosophy:
We learn about leadership from observing successful leaders.  In this class we will read about them and view them in action via video.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Know that successful leaders are not born with their skills
  2. Know that leadership skills can be acquired through observation of successful leaders
  3. Understand how modern business leaders developed their leadership skills
  4. Know what leadership is and why you should learn about it
  5. Be familiar with Kouzes and Posner's  Five Fundamental Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  6. Be familiar with Kouzes and Posner's  Ten Commitments of Leadership
  7. Know what characteristics constituents admire in their leaders
  8. Be able to learn from the successes and failures of various leaders in the private and public sectors
  9. Understand the importance of vision
  10. Be able to lead others in developing shared vision and cooperative goals
  11. Know how to build trusting relationships
  12. Know how to set the example by doing what you say you will do
  13. Understand the importance of linking rewards with performance
  14. Appreciate what change does to an organization and how best to lead change
  15. Know how to lead for results
  16. Not only should you develop an understanding of the above concepts, but also an ability to apply them in your own personal and business l
Class Assessment:
Weekly assignments, two leadership video reports, research paper on Jack Welch, research paper on an individual of choice, and a final exam.

Grading:
One hundred points may be earned:  Weekly assignments (10 points each), two leadership video reports (10 points each), research paper on Jack Welch (20 points) , research paper on an individual of choice (20 points), and a final exam (20 points).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Don't submit material late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Demonstrate your leadership characteristics.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Submit answers to Kouzes and Posner questions.
Week 2:  Submit answers to Kouzes and Posner questions.
Week 3:  Submit first leadership video report.
Week 4:  Submit second leadership video report.
Week 5:  Submit "What I Learned About Leadership from Jack Welch" research paper.
Week 6   Perform research for second reseach paper.
Week 7:  Submit "What I Learned About Leadership from __" research paper.
Week 8:  Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24
7.  You paid to attend this course.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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