CA 505 Organizational Leadership
S1P 2013 DLX
Associate Professor of Communication
Ph.D. (Communication Studies) University of KansasM.A. (Communication Studies) University of KansasB.S. Ed. (Mass Communication) Truman State University
211 Copley Hall
M/W 11am-noon; M/W/Th 2-3 pm; T 4-5 pm; Th 9-11 am; and by appointment
816-584-6311 (fax 816-505-5454)
816-741-8443 (calls between 9am and 9pm CST welcome)
Jan. 14- March 10
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Hackman, M. Z. & Johnson, C. E. (2009). Leadership: A communication perspective (5th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. ISBN 1577665791
Fairhurst, G.T., & Sarr, R.Z. (1996). The art of framing: Managing the language of leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-0181-4
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. ISBN 978-1-4338-0562-2
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Educational Philosophy: When I went to graduate school, we read books and articles, discussed them in class, and wrote papers. Through my teaching I have discovered that not everyone learns all they can in that type of system. I believe even graduate education must address different learning styles and intelligences. To that end, my class features activities, presentations, discussion, reflection, reading, and writing—I will try to balance activities meeting the needs of different learners with old graduate school standbys like reading and writing. Writing is the most visible product of graduate education and the ability to clearly communicate via writing is a key skill for graduate students. This course, therefore, will focus on writing skill. Discussion and debate helps refine and justify ideas as well as enhancing critical thinking and communication skills which are also key outcomes of graduate education. In this class, expect to defend your ideas and interpretations to develop these skills. I will grade based on a balance of participation, writing, and testing so that all students have a chance to succeed.
I am guided by this quote from Ayn Rand: The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life - by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort-- Ayn Rand, "The Anti-Industrial Revolution"
Instructor Learning Outcomes
500 points roughly divided into the following areas:
Core Assessment Exam 100 points (20%)
International Leader Group Presentations 100 points (20%)
Participation/Homework 200 points (40%)
Weekly assignments/discussions/activities worth 10 points each.
450-500 points = A; 400-449 points = B; 350-399 points = C; 300- 349 points D; below 300 points = failing
Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect all course work to be done on time. If you know you will be absent a particular class period, come talk to me. Illness, sudden or otherwise, is no excuse for missing a due date. You must contact me and make arrangements before the due date. Roommates and spouses can call even if you have a sore throat and are unable to. All late work will be penalized 10%. All late work must be completed within two weeks of the original assignment unless special permission is granted. Work is considered late if it is not in my possession by midnight on the date due. Plan ahead and start early. It has been my experience that the night before an assignment is due, all the books in the library on the topic have been checked out and the computer systems will be down.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The 24-hour Rule: Anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid. Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it. There are no exceptions.
Office Hours: Please feel free to come to my office, email, or call to discuss papers, presentations, and any problems you are having. If my office hours conflict with your schedule, we can arrange another time to meet.
Writing: All work must be typed or word-processed. Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell checked. Spelling and grammatical errors hurt your credibility and reduce the possibility of effective communication. I believe that writing is a means to learning; that there is a correlation between reading and writing; and that writing helps one discover, clarify, examine, and synthesize information. Writing is, therefore, integral to this course and will be evaluated on its form as well as its content. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt font. Margins should be no larger than one inch. NOTE: While computers make writing easier, you must realize that technology can cause problems. Keep hard copies of papers you have submitted and save work in multiple places should we experience computer failure.
Week One: Introduction to leadership
READ— Hackman and Johnson chap. 1
Thayer, L. (1988). Leadership/Communication: A critical review and a modest proposal. In G.M. Goldhaber & G. A. Barnett (Eds.) Handbook of organizational communication (pp. 231-263). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing.
DUE—Leadership self-evaluation, Defining leadership paper, Select international leadership report group and leader, Discussion
Week Two: Theories of leadership
DUE—Leadership in the movies paper, Discussion
READ—Hackman and Johnson chaps. 2-4
Week Three: Leading through communication-- Framing
DUE—Paper proposal, Discussion
READ—Fairhurst & Sarr, Chaps. 1-5 AND Framing article from examples
Week Four: Leading through communication-- Framing
DUE— Background paper; group presentations; Discussion
READ— Fairhurst & Sarr, Chaps. 6- epilog
Week Five: Leadership in context: Leading organizations, groups and the public
DUE—Method paper; group presentations; Discussion
READ— Hackman and Johnson chaps. 7-9, 13
Week Six: Leadership, power and influence
DUE—Analysis paper, group presentations, Discussion
READ— Hackman and Johnson chaps. 5-6
Week Seven: Issues in leadership
DUE—Rough draft of paper; peer editing; ethics paper; Discussion
READ—Hackman and Johnson chaps. 10-11
Week Eight: Leadership development.
DUE— Final Paper; Final Exam; Discussion
READ—Hackman and Johnson chap. 12 AND
Clutterbuck, D. & Hirst, S. (2002). Leadership communication: A status report. Journal of Communication Management, 6, 351-5.
Remland, M. (1981). Developing leadership skills in nonverbal communication: A situational perspective. Journal of Business Communication, 18, 18-29.
Stohl, C. (2004). Connectedness in action. Management Communication Quarterly, 18, 280-288.
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