Dynamics of Leadership

Course No: BUS 450       

Course Title: Dynamics of Leadership

Credits:  3


Catalog Description

An extensive look at the nature of leadership and the dilemmas facing leaders of people at work. In depth analysis of the forces motivating the behavior of people working in ongoing and temporary groups. Includes problems of authority and influence, development of roles and norms, initiation of change and dealing with resistance. Recognition of women’s and men’s parity in leadership opportunities as a major consideration.


Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Distinguish the concept of leadership from the concept of management.
  • Compare and contrast the major theories of leadership.
  • Analyze the influence of leadership styles on individual performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of culture, ethics, legal and corporate social responsibility issues on leadership.
  • Assess the skills necessary to exert power and influence in a non-authoritative leadership role.
  • Define leadership, ethics, and power and illustrate the link among these concepts.
  • Develop and apply knowledge of leadership in a variety of real world contexts.
  • Determine the role that power plays in leadership.
  • Explain the effects of leadership style on organizational environment and its result on followers’ motivations.
  • Understand the complexities of leadership and the multi-disciplinary nature of leadership theory.
  • Understand the impact of individual differences and different situations on the practice of leadership.
  • Critically evaluate leadership and ethical dilemmas.


Required Readings



  • Northouse, Peter G., Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition, SAGE Publications, 2016.
  • Kellerman, Barbara, Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters, Harvard Business School Press, 2004.
  • Bryant, Adam, The Corner Office – Indispensable and Unexpected lessons from CEOS on How to Lead and Succeed. St. Martin’s Griffin 2011.
  • Roth, Tom, Strengths Finder 2.0. Gallup Press, 2007

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