Leadership MSU

Course Details

Course Number: 1333  Section Number: 70

Fall 2010

Location: Sikes Lake Center

Days & Times:

Monday  6-8:50 PM

Course Attachments


Strengths Based Leadership Great Leaders, Teams, a
Rath and Conchie Strengths Based Leadership Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow New York: Gallup Press, 2008.
  ISBN: 9781595620255

MSU Faculty Member
Dail Neely   
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Course Objectives


Through this class, students are introduced to leadership concepts and develop an increased awareness of individual interests and abilities.  This class will rely heavily on student involvement and is designed to encourage challenging and stimulating interaction.  The primary belief upon which this class and the entire Leadership MSU program is based is that leaders are not born, they are made.  The skills and knowledge that contribute to effective leadership are teachable and learnable.


The course will focus on creating “hands-on” experiences where the students can develop an understanding of how to be a more effective, self-aware and knowledgeable student leader.


The course requires active participation and fulfillment of class requirements.  The following represents major objectives of class activity:


  • An introduction to leadership theories, styles, and paradigms
  • A better understanding of both critical and creative thinking
  • A greater understanding of leadership and organizational concepts
  • Increased knowledge of the characteristics and dynamics of groups
  • An awareness of self in relation to leadership style, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, prejudices, etc.
  • An ability to translate principles into real-life situations

Course Expectations


Required Topics                                                         Optional Topics

Leadership characteristics, styles and theories                              Leadership in Movies

Self-exploration                                                                                      Using Children’s Literature as a Leadership Tool

StrengthsQuest                                                                                     The Importance of Humor in Leadership

Critical and Creative Thinking Skills                                                  The Leadership Challenge

Organization Management

Group Dynamics and Team Building

Conflict Resolution

Experiential Learning Model

Ethical Decision Making

New Paradigms in Leadership Development

Leadership Across Cultures

Service Leadership

Grading Standards



The basis for your final mark will be the average of your quizzes, tests, and projects.  In other words, everything you do in and for class counts.  Grades will be as follows:  90-100(A), 80-89(B), 70-79(C), 60-69(D), and 59 and below(F).

Midterm-100  Final-100  Homework-100  Case Study-100  Alcoholedu-100  Service Learning-100  Leadership Action Plan-100  = 700 pts.

Final Exam12/13/2010  6:00 PM

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Due Dates:

All assigned work will be due on dates specified.  No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



Is part of your grade.  Roll will be taken twice every class.  Once at the beginning of class and again after our break.  You are allowed 3 absences.  After 3, each absence will lower your final grade by one full letter grade (ex. If you miss two class dates that would be a total of 4 absences.  If your final grade were 98, then it would be dropped to an 88.)  See Student Handbook page 39 for AUTHORIZED ABSENCES, these will not be counted in this total.

Other Policies

No Cell phones in class

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.