CA233 Introduction to Leadership

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CA 233 Introduction to Leadership


FA 2010 HO


Heckman, Caroline


Coordinator for Student Leadership & Engagement


MS-College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
BA-Political Science, Truman State University

Office Location

Thompson Student Center, 2nd Floor

Office Hours

MWF 9:30-11:00am, 2:30-4:30pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 16, 2010-December 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Credit Hours



Northouse, P.G. (2009). Introduction to leadership: concepts and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Kouzes, J.M. & Posner, B.Z (2007) The leadership challenge, 4th edition. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

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Course Description:
CA233 Introduction to Leadership: The focus and purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory education of leadership development theory, cultural and gender impacts on communication and leadership, self-understanding, ethical leadership, group dynamics, servant leadership, leading and making change in communication, and group and self renewal. The cou rse will encourage students to explore the leadership process and develope ones own leadership potential while encouraging self-assessment and communication skill development. This course fulfills the first core requirement of the undergraduate leadership minor. 3:0:3 ~

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop University-level communication skills
  2. 2 Think critically about leadership and service issues facing our communities and society
  3. 4 Understand cultural and gender influences on leadership and communication
  4. 5 Explore the influence of values and ethics in the leadership process
Class Assessment:


  • Weekly journals that demonstrate critical reflection of the classroom topics, issues and discussion. (Outcomes: #1, #2, #3, #4,)
  • Class Discussion Facilitator (Outcomes: #1, #2)
  • Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Outcomes #2)

Core Assessment:

Final paper and presentation. Students will complete an 8-10 page paper on a leadership topic of his or her choice (as approved by instructor) and present the paper to the class. (Outcomes: #1, #2, #3, #4)


Course Requirements:


1.                   Attendance, Class Participation—25%

Students are expected to engage in discussion and activity in class. Students are expected to contact the instructor if they are absent to make up missed work.

2.                  Journals—25%

Students will turn in a 1-2 page weekly journal due on Wednesdays. In the journal, you will be asked to reflect on the reading, classroom discussion, and activities from that week. Journals will provide the instructor with evidence of completion of reading assignments and will serve as an additional method of communication pertaining to course issues.

3.                  Class facilitation— 20%

Students will be the lead facilitator of one or more classes each semester and will be asked to bring in additional information beyond the assigned readings that will aid in the mutual understanding and exploration of the material.

4.                  Paper and Presentation — core assessment 20%

Students will complete a term paper on a topic pertaining to leadership and/or service.    The paper should be at 8-10 pages in length, typed, 1” margins, no larger than 12 pt. font, double-spaced. Citation in APA (5th addition) style required.

5.                  Student Leadership Practices Inventory and Action Plan---10%

A self assessment of current leadership preferences and challenges as well as a well-thought out action plan to address these issues as developed for The Leadership Challenge.




25 points         Attendance & In class participation

25 points         Journals

20 points         Class facilitation

10 points         SLPI and Action Plan

20 points         Paper and Presentation


100 total points available

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Any unexcused late work will not be accepted for grading.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule


Week 1            August 16-20

Welcome/Introduction to Class—What is Leadership?

Assignments:   Chapter 1 & 2, Intro to Leadership  (p.1-33)


Week 2           August 23-27

Leadership Theory, Relational Leadership Model of Leadership & Social Change Model

Assignments:   Readings will be provided


Week 3           August 30-September 3

The Leadership Challenge

Assignments: Preface, Chapter 1 & 2, The Leadership Challenge (p. xi-41)

                        SLPI Inventory & Action Plan

Week 4           September 6-10 (NO CLASS SEPT 6)

Personal Leadership Philosophy

Assignments: Chapter 3, Intro to Leadership (p. 35-51)


Week 5           September 13-17

Model The Way

Assignments:   Chapter 3 & 4, The Leadership Challenge (p. 45-98)


Week 6           September 20-24

Inspiring a Shared Vision

Assignments:   Chapter 5 & 6, The Leadership Challenge (p. 103-156)

                         Chapter 6, Intro to Leadership (p 87-103)


                         Service Day Opportunity at Operation Breakthrough, Sept. 17th 2:00-5:00pm

Week 7           September 27-October 1 

Challenging the Process

Assignments:   Chapter 7 & 8, The Leadership Challenge (p. 161-216)


Week 8           October 4-8

Enable Others to Act

Assignments:   Chapter 9 & 10, The Leadership Challenge (p. 221-274)

                        Chapter 7, Intro to Leadership (p 105-121)



Week 9           October 11-15

Fall Break


Week 10          October 18-22

Encouraging the Heart

Assignments:  Chapter 11 & 12, The Leadership Challenge (p. 279-333)



Week 11          October 25-29

Group Dynamics

Assignments:  Chapter 8 & 9, Intro to Leadership (p. 123-155)


Week 12          November 1-5

Moral and Ethical Leadership

Assignments:   Chapter 10, Intro to Leadership  (p. 157-177)


Week 13          November 8-12

Cultural & Gender Influences on Leadership

Assignments:  Readings will be provided


Week 14          November 15-19

Understanding Others/Diversity Issues in Leadership

Assignments:   Readings will be provided



Week 15          November 22-26 (NO CLASS NOV 24)

Self Renewal

Core Assessment Review

Assignments:   Journal

                        Service Day Opportunity at Harvesters Food Bank, November 19th 1:00-4:00pm


Week 16          November 29-December 3

Presentations & Course Evaluations

Week 17          Finals Meeting Time

Presentations (If Needed)


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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Class Participation/Attendance:
Students are expected to attend each class. It is essential in a productive learning community for each member to participate fully in class discussion and activities. A student's commitment to these efforts will be weighed when determining final grades.

Disability Guidelines:
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