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Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

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Leadership Dynamics (PA 390) built upon ten core leadership theories and combines liberal arts traditions with emerging insights from the social, natural, and formal sciences. It was taught from an original, cross-disciplinary syllabus with 100+ bibliographic entries.
Leadership Dynamics (PA 390) built upon ten core leadership theories and combines liberal arts traditions with emerging insights from the social, natural, and formal sciences. It was taught from an original, cross-disciplinary syllabus with 100+ bibliographic entries.

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WINTER 2012PA 390: Leadership Dynamics
This course will expose you to 2,500years of dynamic thinking aboutleaders and leadership, from theclassical world to the post-modern.You will come to understand ten bigideas about leadership; ever-changingsources and deployments of authority;iterations of the leader’s andfollower’s place in society; and thelatest thinking on leader-followersynchronicity, pervasive leadership,and leaderlessness.In the first half of the semester, specialattention will be drawn to thechallenges of modernity and ideasabout leadership and followershipthat culminated in World War IItotalitarianism -- a watersheddevelopment that left us searching fornew answers to age-old questionsabout human nature, interaction, andleadership.In the second half, we will refocus onthese questions and examine post-modern hypotheses rising out of thesocial, natural, and formal sciences.Throughout, we will interact with theleadership canon and encounternumerous examples of leadership bymen and women, living and dead.We will see how dynamic ideas areput into practice in the real world --famously, infamously, andanonymously.
PA 390 | Leadership Dynamics
School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health AdministrationGrand Valley State University
 Professor Brian Flanagan | (616) 331-2770 |flanagab@gvsu.eduWednesdays, 6-8:50 PM, 2107 Au Sable Hall, GVSU-Allendale_______________________________In This Syllabus:
Course Description and Objectives
Course Description— 1Required Reading— 2Course Requirements— 3Calendar — 3Office Hours— 3Blackboard— 3Ten Big Ideas— 3Wheelhouse Talks— 3Syllabus Detail— 4Bibliography — 9
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PA 390: Leadership Dynamics
Required reading
This course is built around five core books, supplemented by downloadable chaptersand journal articles.
The Prince
The most famous book onpolitics ever written,
remains as lively andshocking today as when itwas written almost fivehundred years ago. Initiallydenounced as a collection of sinister maxims and arecommendation of tyranny, ithas more recently beendefended as the first scientifictreatment of politics as it ispracticed rather than as itought to be practiced. HarveyC. Mansfield’s translation of this classic work is thedefinitive version for scholars,students, and those interestedin the dark art of politics.
Civilization and ItsDiscontents
Written in the decade beforeFreud’s death,
Civilization andIts Discontents
may be hismost famous and brilliantwork. It has been praised,dissected, lambasted,interpreted, and reinterpreted.Fundamental questions: Whatinfluences led to the creationof civilization? Why and howdid it come to be? Whatdetermines civilization’strajectory? Freud’s theories onthe effect of the knowledge of death on human existence andthe birth of art are central tohis work.
The Origins ofTotalitarianism
In her monumental study, Dr.Arendt focuses on the twogenuine forms of thetotalitarian state in history --the dictatorships of Bolshevism after 1930 and of National Socialism after 1938.Identifying terror as the veryessence of this form of government, she discusses thetransformation of classes intomasses and the use of propaganda in dealing withthe nontotalitarian world, andin a brilliant concludingchapter analyzes the nature of isolation and loneliness aspreconditions for totaldomination.
 , says HarvardProfessor Barbara Kellerman,“is all about what leadersshould learn -- but it isdecidedly not, deliberatelynot, about what leadershipeducation has lately come tolook like.”Instead,
is a concisecollection of great leadershipliterature that has stood thetest of time. Every singleselection has had an impacton how and what we think about what it means to lead.And every one has had animpact on leadership as anarea of intellectual inquiry --as well as on the course of human history.
Leading Minds: An Anatomyof Leadership
Applying a cognitive lens toleadership, Gardner identifiesone of its crucial but hithertoneglected components: themind of the leader and theminds of his or her followers.Effective leaders create newstories that wrestlesuccessfully with stories thatalready populate the minds of their followers. Gardnerimposes his highly originalframework on a widespectrum of leaders that rangefrom political, business, andmilitary leaders to thoseindividuals who provideleadership in the arts,sciences, and professions.
Book chapters and journal articles are linked within this syllabus. Click the green arrows to access PDF copies, password “hauenstein.” 
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Ten Big Ideas
Theories About Leadership
1. “Great Man”
Great leaders are born. Theyrise when there is great need,and they shape history.
2. Trait
Some particular combination oftraits, inherited and acquired,makes a great leader.
3. Behavioral/Style
Leaders are made. Greatleadership is defined by learnedbehaviors and styles.
4. Transactional
Leaders instruct, setexpectations, reward andpunish, bargain, andcollaborate.
5. Transformational
Leaders raise morality, andinspire enthusiasm and energytoward a shared vision.
6. Environmental
Leaders design cultures thatmotivate people and elevatevalues.
7. Situational
Effective leaders adapt theirstyle to fit tasks and thepsychological needs offollowers.
8. Contingency 
Effective leaders adapt theirstyle and organization to fit theenvironment.
9. Functional
Dynamic leaders meet a varietyof group needs toward groupcohesion and effectiveness.
10. Servant
Great leaders are humblestewards, who serve andsacrifice for the group.
Office Hours
527C DeVos Center GVSU Pew Campus, Grand Rapids
I am available Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 5 PM. Pleaseemailflanagab@gvsu.eduor call (616) 331-2770 to set up anappointment.
Our syllabus and course information are available on Blackboard.Please submit your reflections, midterm paper, and final exam throughthe “Assignments” tab on our Blackboard course page.
Wheelhouse Talks
Earn extra credit worth 2% of your total grade by attending andreflecting on aWheelhouse Talk by GVSU’s Hauenstein Center. Youmay earn credit for attending up to 2 talks (4%).
— Marsha Rappley 2/1
— Andy Dillon3/14
— Mayra Martinez4/11
— Rick DeVos
CalendarCourse Requirements
Successful students will complete assigned readings, tweethighlights and reactions, participate fully in class discussion,and demonstrate creativity & mastery in written assignments.
Note on Twitter
: You are asked to set up aTwitteraccount foruse throughout the semester. Readabout Twitterif you havenot used it before, and follow me at@briantflanaganand yourclassmates at@hauensteingvsu/ldw12. Brevity is king onTwitter. Your goal should always be to express a completethought within each 140-character tweet.
— Preparation
Your participation will reveal the quality of your preparation, which will be gradedobjectively week by week. Assessment is based on tweets in advance of class,attendance, and in-class participation.
— Reflection
Sign up to complete two optional readings from our syllabus. For each, tweet 1-5“ideas worth spreading” prior to the associated class period and come prepared todiscuss. Before the
class, submit a brief (2-3 page) reflection paper relating it toassigned readings and our ongoing exploration of leadership.
— Midterm Paper 
Write a 7-10 page paper drawing on Niccolo Machiavelli, Sigmund Freud,
HannahArendt and supporting readings. Get creative! and share your thesis in 140 charactersor fewer on Twitter before February 15. Your paper is due February 22.
— Final Exam
We will have a comprehensive, take-home final exam that advances the themes of thiscourse. When completing your exam, draw on relevant assigned readings and at leastsix optional readings. Your final exam is due on April 18.
11/11Introductions, Denitions, and Themes21/18Ideal Leaders, Premodern to ModernMarsha Rappley31/25The Individual and the State42/1Heroes and HistoryAndy Dillon52/8Charisma and the Crowd62/15Transaction and TransformationThesis Due72/22Followers ResponsibilityPaper Due82/29Transition93/14Sociology ... Authority 2.0Mayra Martinez103/21Anthropology ... Culture Design113/28Psychology ... Sensing124/4Neurobiology ... Syncing134/11Physics ... Order and ChaosRick DeVos144/18Calculus ... Limits, Derivatives, and theInfinite SeriesExam Due154/25Conclusion

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