MYRA School of Business
FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP

Professor: Minu Ipe ◙ Office: On Campus ◙ E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new
eyes.” – Marcel Proust

 

Over the next two weeks, we will embark on an exciting journey to look at leadership with new eyes. What leaders do is a product of who they are, how see they see themselves and the world around them, and how they manage relationships with others. Woven throughout the fabric of this course are the core themes of self-awareness, and understanding how we think, learn, and connect with others. Going beyond superficial understanding, this course is structured to allow a deep-dive into these topics, enabling us to see the complex relationships between the individual as the leader and the environment in which she/he functions. The objective of this course is to go beyond just acquiring information and knowledge; the ideal outcome would be the development of new insights, abilities and awareness to support your own journey as leaders.

What you can expect during this course

  • A dynamic learning environment in which you will be expected to actively participate inleading and contributing to discussions
  • Discuss concepts critical to leadership: from the familiar and conventional to the paradoxical and challenging
  • Opportunities to build and practice skills
  • Team learning activities in class
  • Assignments that will push you to think more deeply about the key ideas in the course

Evaluating learning

The assignments and activities that will contribute to the final grade are as follows:

  1. Reflection papers -  #1 40 points
  2. Reflection paper  - #2 60 points 2
  3. One team assignment -  100 points
  4. Final exam (individual) - 150 points

Final grades will be distributed as follows:

97% - 100% = A+

93% - 96.9% = A

90% - 92.9% = A-

87% - 89.9% = B+

83% - 86.9% = B 80% - 82.9% = B-
77% - 79.9% = C+ 70% - 76.9% = C
60% - 69.9% = D

Less than 59.9% = E

Individual Reflection Papers

You need to submit 2 individual papers based on what you have learned in two separate sessions in this course. You can pick any two sessions to write about with the exception of the final session, session #10. More details on this assignment will be provided in class. These papers are an opportunity for you to engage more deeply with what you are learning and reflect on the key topics introduced in this course. Research has shown that self-awareness and reflective thinking are critical leadership skills so these papers will allow you to practice these skills. This assignment is also focused on developing your written communication skills.

Team Assignment

There will be one team assignment during this course focused on team norms and values. Each team will be given the same set of questions and instructions by the instructor. The dates on which the team assignment is due is indicated in the course schedule. Each team member is expected to participate actively in each of these assignments. All team members will receive the same grade for this assignment.

Final Exam

The exam will test your understanding of key concepts introduced in the course and your ability to apply the learning to a real life situation. You will not be required to memorize and reproduce any material. It will be an open notes exam. More details will be provided in class.

Suggestions for Enhancing your Learning Experience

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn”
- W. Edward Deming, adapted from Confucius

How can you get involved?

  • Raising and answering questions
  • Sharing ideas, observations, and personal experiences
  • Relating to and synthesizing the ideas of others
  • Pointing out relationships to earlier discussions
  • Helping other develop their views and ideas

Participate. Class members are dependent upon each other for learning. Members who sit back and decline to participate are helping neither themselves nor their classmates.


Trust your experiences. This course is designed to give you a theoretical framework to make sense of your experiences. Thus, your experiences should help anchor your learning. Draw on them to interpret material and illustrate your arguments. Equally important, be prepared to reinterpret your experiences in light of new insights gained from the course.


Value the contributions of others. There is seldom one best way to lead, and different people often come to different conclusions about how they would handle a problem. You can learn as much from listening to your classmates as you can from any book. Further, it’s the feeling that one’s contributions are appreciated—even if the contents are debated—that facilitates the free flow of ideas essential to good discussion.


So, please get involved, share your experiences and ideas, and ask questions of the professor and your classmates. Remember, if you don’t understand, it’s likely that others don’t either.

Course norms

To support the learning environment for the course, the following norms apply:

  • Come prepared for each session, not just with the assigned readings and assessments, but with thought provoking questions, insightful stories from your own experiences, an open mind, and the desire to make each session truly meaningful for yourself and your peers.
  • Disagree and debate ideas with the instructor and your colleagues, but do so respectfully
  • Active contribution by all students to both large and small group learning is the foundation on which this course is built. As such, you share the responsibility with me to make this a valuable learning experience for the whole class.
  • Turn off laptops and cell phones during class time to avoid any distractions.
  • Submit assignments on time so I can be fair to all students in the grading process.
  • Maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in this course. Copying someone else’s work (current student or second year student), consulting with others on individual assignments/exams, inappropriate consulting or downloading material from the internet, claiming credit for work that is not your own, putting your name on a team paper to which you did not contribute etc. are all violations of academic integrity. Any violation of integrity in the class will result in a failing grade for the course as well as any other penalties that may be assigned by the school.

Course Schedule

Session Topics

Readings & Assessments

WEEK 1 – LEADING YOURSELF

June 30

Introduction to the course
Introduction to leadership

Complete : Leadership course – Student survey

July 1

Understanding purpose, passion and
motivation

Reading:

  • Dear diary: My heart is racing to buy a car

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Passions and Motivation
 July 2  Understanding values

 

Readings:

  • Personal values and professional responsibilities
  • How (Un)ethical are you?

Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Values
 July 3

Leveraging relationships effectively

 

Readings:

  • Harnessing the science of persuasion
  • What you say, what they hear

Video: http://vimeo.com/42093506

Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Networking and Influencing skills

 

 July 4  Managing yourself for success

Reading:

  • Motivated reasoning, leadership and team performance

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJhfKYzKc0s
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ScJX404pnY

 Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Emotional Intelligence

WEEK 2 – LEADING OTHERS

July 7

Transformation from “I” to “We” 


Assignment on teams due

Readings:

  •  Alex Sander
  • Becoming the boss


Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: “I” to “We” Transition

 

 

July 8

Developing a leadership mindset

 

Reading:

  • Change or Die by Alan Deutschman

 http://www.fastcompany.com/52717/change-or-die

Video:

  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action  

Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Leader Strengths
July 9

Leading teams

Reading:

  • Team management challenges: where leaders matter

Assessment:

  • Discover Yourself: Team Skills
July 10

Engaging and empowering others

 

Reading:

  • Moving mountains
July 11

Wrap up

Final Exam

 

Reading: 

  • Reaching your potential