WINTER 2012PA 390: Leadership Dynamics
Ten Big Ideas
Theories About Leadership
1. “Great Man”
Great leaders are born. Theyrise when there is great need,and they shape history.
Some particular combination oftraits, inherited and acquired,makes a great leader.
Leaders are made. Greatleadership is deﬁned by learnedbehaviors and styles.
Leaders instruct, setexpectations, reward andpunish, bargain, andcollaborate.
Leaders raise morality, andinspire enthusiasm and energytoward a shared vision.
Leaders design cultures thatmotivate people and elevatevalues.
Effective leaders adapt theirstyle to ﬁt tasks and thepsychological needs offollowers.
Effective leaders adapt theirstyle and organization to ﬁt theenvironment.
Dynamic leaders meet a varietyof group needs toward groupcohesion and effectiveness.
Great leaders are humblestewards, who serve andsacriﬁce for the group.
527C DeVos Center GVSU Pew Campus, Grand Rapids
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.