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PA 562 Administrative Leadership
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.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

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.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


MG 620 Leadership in Organizations


S2P 2007 DL


Nesbitt, Jack


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


MA, Political Science, Penn State

Daytime Phone

(816) 356-7272


Semester Dates

Marcxh 19 to May 12, 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Text 1

TITLE: Leadership Challenge

AUTHOR: Kouzes, James M. / Posner, Barry Z.


PUBLISHER: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

ISBN: 0-7879-6833-1


Text 2

TITLE:  The Dance of Leadership

AUTHOR;  Denhardt and Denhardt


ISBN:  0-7656-1734-X

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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 by observing the practices of leaders.  The class will use written material, films and examples of contemporary leaders to make these observations.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will describe the complexities of leadership in organizations;
  2. Students will compare leadership, management and supervision, detailing
  3. Students will list the Five Practices of Leadership devised by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, and provide examples of each.
  4. Students will be able to distinguish between leaders and managers.
  5. Students will describe what leaders do in organizations.
  6. Students will develop a focused view of leadership.
  7. Students will be able to distinguish between leaders and celebrities.
  8. Students will describe the role of credibility and vision in successful leadership.
  9. Students will demonstrate knowledge of successful contemporary leaders and their practices.
Class Assessment:
The term grade will be based on points earned from written assignments:  leadership film reports, leadership research papers and a written final exam.


Point distribution: 10 Pts, Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner(Week 1) 10 Pts, Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 2) 10 Pts, Leadership Film Report (Week 3) 10 Pts, Leadership Film Report (Week 4) 10 Pts, Answeres to Questions ( on Denhardt and Denhardt (Week 5) 20 Pts, Leadership Research Paper (Week 7) 20 Pts, Final Exam (Week 8).
A = 91+ points
B = 81-90 points
C = 71-80 points
D = 61-70 points
Failure to complete the final exam in a timely fashion will result in a grade of F for the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Plan ahead.  I deduct 20% of the assignment point value for each day of tardiness.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Assignment
1 Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 1)
2 Answers to Questions on Kouzes and Posner (Week 2)
3 Leadership Film Report (Week 3)
4 Leadership Film Report (Week 4)
5 Answers Questions to Denhardt and Denhardt (Week 5)
6 Research Week
7 Leadership Research Paper (Week 7)
8 Final Exam (Week 8)

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 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

Failure to acknowledge sources (footnotes) in your written work may create the impression of plagiarism.

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

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