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PUAD 650: Leadership in a Changing Workplace

Leadership is not just about having a plan, or about having the answers. It’s far more complex. This course teaches you how to let go of the ingrained perceptions of leadership and problem solving that limit the mind’s ability to see and solve. You will discover and expand your own leadership style through individual and collective learning.

In this class, you will explore various leadership models and their strengths and weaknesses, and learn to think critically about leadership based on real-world cases. You will learn how to connect leadership concepts and behaviors to other ideas, people, and realms of life. This course also includes exercises that raise issues about the practicality of your own leadership style. This exploration of how your perspective shapes your view and enactment of leadership will help you develop your own distinctive leadership approach.

This course on leadership was developed by Dr. Ruth Zaplin, who is an Executive in Residence at our School of Public Affairs and serves as the Director of International Programs in our Key Executive Leadership Programs. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advisor and project director with the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC and founded the Academy’s Global Leadership Consortium. As a Senior Manager at BearingPoint, she led enterprise-wide transformation plans, large-scale government reform, workforce restructuring, and work redesign initiatives in both the public and private sectors.

Course objectives:

  • Understand and recognize various approaches and theoretical bases of leadership
  • Identify the unique challenges of leading public sector organizations
  • Analyze and understand your personal authenticity along with your preferred approaches to leadership
  • Recognize and discuss real-life experiences that will provide opportunities to deal with a variety of leadership problems
  • Identify, research, and interview an executive leader in the public sector regarding their leadership philosophy, style, and practice. Write a report with a detailed overview of the leader that ties in course literature.

Topics covered include:

  • What is leadership?
  • Diagnosis of the leadership self
  • Traits of leaders and approaches to leadership
  • The style approach to leadership
  • The situational approach to leadership
  • The contingency theory of leadership
  • The path-goal theory of leadership
  • Lead-member exchange theory
  • Women and leadership
  • Leadership and the art of the question
  • Organizational culture and leadership

Learn more today. Call us at 855-725-7614 to speak to an admissions representative, or request more information here.