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CA 670 Measuring Leadership
Aitken, Joan Evelyn


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

CA 670 Measuring Leadership

Semester

F2P 2006 MCD

Faculty

Dr. Joan Aitken

Title

Professor, Communication Arts

Degrees/Certificates

Ed.D.  Administration and Communication
MA  General Speech
BA  Communication Theory

Office Location

229 Copley

Office Hours

As posted on door.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://onlineacademics.org/CA670/

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Please obtain your required materials, skim them, and read chapters one and two to begin.

1.  CASE STUDY.  Bryce, R.  (2004).  Pipe dreams:  Greed, ego, and the death of Enron.  New York:  PublicAffairs.

2.  MULTIPLE MEASURES.  Hackman, M. Z., & Johnson, C. E. (2004). Leadership: A Communication Perspective (4th ed.).  Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.  You may have used this textbook in another course.  We will use this book as background and concentrate a source of measures you can complete for this course.

3.  ONE MAJOR LEADERSHIP INVENTORY.  Required Leadership Assessment Inventory you will complete.  This Inventory accounts for the extra fee required in this course.

3.  The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)-Deluxe Facilitator's Guide Package (Loose-leaf, with CD-ROM Scoring Software, Self/Observer, Workbook, Planner & copy of The Leadership Challenge book ) , 3rd Edition
by James M. Kouzes Loose-leaf,
Jossey-Bass, 2003.  Purchase new:  less than $100.00

OR

3Roger Birkman's Assessment http://www.birkman.com/  

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Online information about statistics, tests, and measurement.  See Heffner, (2003).  Research methods.  All Psych Online.  Contents - http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/researchcontents.html Or, if you already purchased this book:  Kerlinger, F. N., & Lee, H. B.  (2000).  Foundations of behavioral researchNew York:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston.  Read chapter 30. 
Or, if you used in 517:  Kerlinger, F. N., & Lee, H. B.  (2000).  Foundations of behavioral researchNew York:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston.  Read chapter 30. 
For example, here is information about validity and reliability:  http://www.georgetown.edu/departments/psychology/researchmethods/researchanddesign/validityandreliability.htm
Here is an overview in common language designed for parents of children with special needs. 
http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/tests_measurementspf.html
Introduction to SPSS:  http://www.bridgewater.edu/~lgano/Limited/spsspc.html

Your professor may use or cite information from the following:

Overton, T.  (2006).  Assessing learners with special needs:  An applied approach.  5th ed.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson

Rubin, R. B., Palmgreen, P, & Sypher, H. E. (2004).   Communication research measures: A sourcebook.  LEA's Communication Series.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
This course analyzes the methods used by scholars and practitioners to understand leadership. Starting with the landmark leadership studies at Ohio State, numerous attempts have been made to identify the essential elements involved in leading others. This course examines assessments starting with the 1940s and concluding with current methods. An additional fee is charged. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:
Students enter a course from different knowledge and skill levels.  Achieving competency through mastery of learning outcomes may take some students longer, so there is no penalty for revising work below mastery level, so long as students submit quality work by final deadlines.  This course seeks to facilitate a thorough analysis of your leadership through an inventory--the extra course charge--and plan to change your behaviors.

Class Assessment:

Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and application of leadership and communication theory and research.  This process includes a historical overview of leadership perspectives from the 1940s to the present.
a. Apply research principles through leadership stories.
b.  Distinguish and analyze the concepts of leadership and management in the global environment.
c.  Evaluate major approaches to charismatic leadership.
d.  Identify or explain key elements in the development of corporate culture.
e.  Reconstruct personal attitudes, knowledge, skills, ethics, and values through interactive dialog with peers (or professor) about real-life leadership stories and research-based principles.

2.  Measure current communication and leadership attitudes, knowledge, skills, and values.  This process will facilitate course participants to develop the ability of students to read and conduct research and apply the principles to their own organizations.
a.  Complete self-assessment measures.
b.  Identify your leadership style.
c.  Analyze the results of communication and leadership measures.

3.  Demonstrate active learning as a change agent by construction a plan and implementing appropriate behavioral change.  This process will enable students to combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills to resolve organizational issues and improve decision-making.
a.  Analyze the sources of power, your personal power, and how to increase your power and influence.
b.  Evaluate principles of ethical leadership.

4.  Predict global leadership challenges
for the future.
a.  Describe the relationship between leadership and culture.
b.  Compare and contrast leadership style models across cultures.
c.  Identify or define the impact of transformational leadership in varying cultural contexts.
d.  Explain how national and regional cultural differences impact leadership.
e.  Anticipate ethical issues of leadership and followership across cultures.

 

30% Leadership Project (Core Assessment)  Rubric below grid.

The Core Assessment is a thorough measure and analysis of your leadership.  The core assessment is due week 6, according to your professor's expectations. 

First, you will need to obtain an instructor-approved inventory to use, complete the inventory.  One inventory will cost you about $100-$150.  Complete a major measure of your leadership, then have the measure professional analyzed. 

Write an analysis that evaluates the results, reflects on those results, and creates a research-based plan for change.  This substantive plan will explain how you plan to improve your leadership behaviors based on the professional analysis and your learning through course materials. 

Your written analysis of the core assessment project should total about 2500 words (10 pages) excluding references and attachments. 

You are required to complete a major leadership inventory.  Your professor may have that inventory as part of your course fee or provide the required inventory in the bookstore course list or give you options in the syllabus.

 

CORE ASSESSMENT:  WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF LEADERSHIP PLAN
Part 1.  In the foundation of your report, use leadership and communication theory and research, reflect on leadership.

a. Read, conduct research and apply the principles of self-analysis to your own organization.
b.  Include an executive summary of the inventory you used.
c.  Describe research principles through a leadership story prompted by the professional analysis.
d.  Distinguish and analyze the concepts of leadership and management in your future in a global society. 
e.  Evaluate major approaches to charismatic leadership as they apply to your leadership and leadership potential.
f.  Identify or explain key elements in the development of corporate culture relevant to your current or prospective employment.
g.  Describe how you have reconstructed your personal attitudes, knowledge, skills, and values based on the measure results and research-based principles.

Part 2.  Describe the results of the professional analysis as tempered with the weekly measures you completed. 

a.  Discuss a historical overview of leadership perspectives--as far back as from the 1940s to the present--which provides grounding for your self- analysis.  For example, you might discuss what era of thought is the best fit for who you were and whom you plan to become.
b.  Reflect on the results of the measures current communication and leadership attitudes, knowledge, skills, and values.
c.  Describe the results self-assessment measures.
d.  Identify your leadership style.
e.  Analyze the results of communication and leadership measures.

Part 3.  Demonstrate active learning as a change agent by construction a plan and your implementation process of appropriate behavioral change.

a.  Combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills to plan how you will resolve organizational issues and improve your decision-making.
b.  Analyze the sources of power, your personal power, and how to increase your power and influence.
c.  Evaluate principles of ethical leadership.

Part 4.  Predict your communication and leadership changes as you prepare to the global society of today and tomorrow leadership.

a.  Describe how you will navigate the relationship between leadership and culture.
b.  Compare and contrast your role in leadership style models across cultures.
c.  Identify or define the impact of your potential transformational leadership in varying cultural contexts.
d.  Explain how national and regional cultural differences may affect your leadership.
e.  Anticipate ethical issues of leadership and followership you may encounter in 10, 20, and 30 years.

  Weekly Measures

Each week, you will find one or more self-assessment measures in your weekly readings in the Hackman and Johnson text.  Complete these measures of your communication and leadership behaviors.  Complete every self-assessment measure, think about your results, and analyze your results by writing a self-reflection on the unit's measure(s).  You do not have to report scores, but you do need to analyze what the measure says about you. 

If you completed the measures in the textbook in another course, find new measures that will help in your self analysis, such as the ones located here:  http://www.rollins.edu/communication/wschmidt/assessments.htm

I believe that students can become more effective leaders as a result of completing the measures. In addition, I expect you to practice new skills and behaviors in your professional work contexts.  Respond to the self-assessment measure by answering this question:  What behavioral steps will you take to improve the quality of your leadership and communication behavior?

  Minor Assignments, including Weekly Assignments and Discussion

Example weekly discussion topics for onground class meetings:
a.  Weekly question, which demonstrates knowledge of a research-based theoretical concept  (due Wednesday).
b.  Leadership stories, which apply leadership principles to a specific organizational situation (due Sunday).
c.  Measurement and research weekly assignment (due Sunday).
d.  Ethics discussion about Enron leadership (due Sunday).
e.  Documentary analysis about leaders and leadership from film and television.

For more information about assignments and assessment, see http://captain.park.edu/aitken/670/#ASSIGNMENTS

Grading:

The grading scale is your professor's choice.  Dr. Aitken, for example, uses each percentage point to equal one raw point.  Percentages (100% = 100 Points.  By using total points that equal 100, students can easily grasp the grading concept.  In addition, artificial expansion of points can introduce error and reduce accuracy).

90-100 = A

80-89.99 = B

70-79.99 = C

60-69.99 = D

Below 60 = F

 

Assignment Weighting

15% Measurements and Reflection (Kouzes & Posner in class work and Hackman and Johnson measures in assigned chapters).  Due weekly.

31%  Minor Assignments, Documentary Analysis, Weekly Tests, Assignments, Measurement Problems, Minor Assignments, and Discussion.  Online students post in Disscuss/Post, face to face students provide oral discussion or hardcopy when appropriate.  Due weekly.

20%  Onground Observation Assignment:  Leadership Profile Case and Observation Hours.  Due Week/Unit 3.

24% Leadership Plan Project (Core Assessment).  Due Week/Unit 6..

10%  Reflection on weekly assignments.  Due Week/Unit 8.

 

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Typically, late work is not accepted.  Revisions of work--including drafts--turned in by the original due date can be resubmitted until the final assignment deadline. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Typically, Dr. Aitken discusses this expectations during class meetings or inside eCollege.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assignment Checklist & Tentative Schedule

See handout in face-to-face section or eCollege "Course Home" for online section. Backup provided here: http://onlineacademics.org/CA670/#SCHEDULE

Weekly Assignments for Class Participation (According to Priority)

1. Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, chapters and complete appropriate Planner and Workbook sections as you work toward the core assessment. Bring notebook to each class meeting.

2. Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s).
3. Review content complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s).
4. Discuss study guide and questions or be prepared to discuss ideas in class.
5. Discuss leadership case study of ENRON after reading Bryce chapters and other cases based on video viewing.

Major Assignments:

Leadership Interview and observation hours due week/Unit 3. Week/Unit 4 is the final deadline to revise Interview/Observation Hours assignment for higher quality.
Lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation. Due according to sign up sheet (face to face section).
Core Assignment due Week/Unit 6. Friday of Week/Unit 8 is the final deadline to revise the Core Assignment for higher quality.
Reflection due Week/Unit 8 by Friday. Reflect about your learning throughout the course. Demonstrate how you meet each course objective.

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TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE (WEEKLY CHECKLIST)
Unit or Week 1 Style Learning Outcomes

a. Identify your leadership style.
b. Write a personal definition of leadership.

PLEASE PROVIDE DURING THE FIRST CLASS MEETING FACE-TO-FACE OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE! Obviously, this may be difficult the first week, in which case there are options available.
Assignment Checklist:
__ Discuss Kouzes & Posner materials.
__ Obtain and complete leadership measure for your core assessment (Self), distribute 10-20 Observer Inventories, read p. 33 of Participant's Workbook.
__ Discuss information about measurement.
Read online information about tests and measurement, norming, and validity and reliability. Or, if you used in 517: Kerlinger, F. N., & Lee, H. B. (2000). Foundations of behavioral research. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Read chapter 30.
For example, here is information about validity and reliability: http://www.georgetown.edu/departments/psychology/researchmethods/researchanddesign/validityandreliability.htm
Here is an overview in common language designed for parents of children with special needs.
http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/tests_measurementspf.html
Discuss Kerlinger & Lee chapter 30, if you have the book from CA 517 or online sources about measurement.
Begin work on your Leadership Inventory. Mail in the leadership measure for professional analysis--or calculate your own--for your core assessment.
__ Discuss real life business example of unethical leadership (e.g., Enron).
__ If you are ready, discuss reading materials in class, which online means respond to this week's discussion prompts.
__ Sign up for a due date to lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 2 Types Learning Outcomes:

a. Measure current communication and leadership attitudes, knowledge, skills, and values.
b. Distinguish and analyze the concepts of leadership and management in the global environment.
c. Evaluate major approaches to charismatic leadership.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 2 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!
Assignment Checklist:

__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 1 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 1 Leadership and Communication Chapter 2 Leadership and Followership Communication Styles
__ Introduce yourself to the class.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ Contact someone for an appointment for an interview and observation asap.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 3 Traits, Situational, and Functional Leadership and Chapter 4 Transformational and Charismatic Leadership
__ Read and discuss Bryce chapters 1-10.
__ Post discussion or be prepared to discuss ideas in class.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ Conduct leadership interview and observation this week.
__ Make sure you mailed in the leadership measure for professional analysis--or calculated your own--for your core assessment.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 3 Power Learning Outcome:


a. Analyze the sources of power, and determine your personal power, and a plan for increasing your power and influence.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 3 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!
Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 2 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Read and discuss Bryce chapters 11-20.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 5 Leadership and Power and Chapter 6 Leadership and Influence
__ Post discussion or be prepared to discuss ideas in class.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ Submit summary of leadership interview and observation hours: Due this week.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 4 Groups Learning Outcome:


a. Identify or explain key elements in the development of corporate culture.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 4 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!

Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 3 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Read and discuss Bryce chapters 21-30.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 7 Leadership in Groups and Teams and Chapter 8 Leadership in Organizations
__ Post discussion or be prepared to discuss ideas in class.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ Absolute final deadline to revise Interview/Observation Hours assignment for higher quality. No late assignment accepted for any reason.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 5 Diversity Learning Outcomes:

a. Describe the relationship between leadership and culture.
b. Compare and contrast leadership style models across cultures.
c. Identify or define the impact of transformational leadership in varying cultural contexts.
d. Explain how national and regional cultural differences impact leadership.
e. Anticipate ethical issues of leadership and followership across cultures.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 2 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!
Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 4 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.__ Read and discuss Bryce chapters 31-40.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 9 Public Leadership, and Chapter 10 Leadership and Diversity
__ Post discussion.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ Analyze results of core assessment measure.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 6 Ethics Learning Outcomes:


a. Reconstruct personal attitudes, knowledge, skills, and values through interactive dialog with peers (or professor) about research-based principles.
b. Demonstrate active learning as a change agent by construction a plan and implementing appropriate behavioral change (synthesis).
c. Evaluate principles of ethical leadership used in the course project (core assessment assignment).
d. Analyze the results of communication and leadership measures.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 6 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!

Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 5 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 11 Ethical Leadership and Followership
__Read and discuss Bryce chapters 41-52.
__ Core Assessment due.
__ Discussion.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 7 Future Learning Outcome:

a. Identify and predict global leadership challenges for the future.

PLEASE PREPARE IN ADVANCE FOR WEEK 7 ONGROUND CLASS MEETING OR BY SUNDAY ONLINE!
Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 6 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Read: Hackman and Johnson, Chapter 12
__ Post discussion if you need a sixth week's postings.
__ All extra credit, revisions, and optional assignments due.
__ Complete communication and leadership measure(s) in Hackman and Johnson chapter(s). Complete reflection.
__ If you signed up for this week, lead discussion of your video documentary example presentation.

Unit 8 Closure Learning Outcomes:

a. Demonstrate knowledge and respect for leadership and communication theory and research.
b. Apply research principles through leadership stories.

PLEASE COMPLETE BY FRIDAY OF WEEK 8!
Assignment Checklist:
__ Read Kouzes & Posner, Leadership Challenge, Part 7 and work in appropriate Planner and Workbook sections.
__ Review course learning outcomes and practice an explanation of how you can demonstrate that you met each outcome.
__ Complete final exam.
__ Post discussion if you need a sixth week's postings.
__ Absolute final deadline FRIDAY to submit revisions of assignments due the second half of the term. No late assignment accepted for any reason.

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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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. 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 .

Additional Information:

eCollege contains relevant course materials, including gradebook:  http://parkonline.org/


Summary of lectures:  http://onlineacademics.org/CA670/#LECTURES


Discussion and study guides:  http://onlineacademics.org/CA670/#Study_Guide


Backup information:  http://onlineacademics.org/CA670/

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