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Business 305: Leadership Communication
August 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze leadership communication, evaluate the leader follower relationship, explain the importance of a positive leadership ethos, and discuss the intricacies of organizational communication; appraise the communication process, compare types and styles of communication, and appraise the role of leadership storytelling to motivation; compare major leadership theories and explain how they relate to leadership communication and critique various leadership styles and philosophies; evaluate the relationship between leadership and power, point out the benefits of employee empowerment, and discuss how to communicate power; explain the leaders impact on organizational culture, discuss the importance of communicating expectations to employees, contrast the Pygmalion and Galatea effect, and discuss cross cultural communication strategies; analyze the role of a leader in work teams, explain the relationship between the leader and group members, discuss the use of delegation in work teams, compare the emergent and appointed leader; defend the importance of ethical policies, analyze the role of ethics in interpersonal communication, break down the ethical decision-making process, discuss how to manage ethics; summarize the role of leadership communication in workforce diversity, and appraise the importance of diversity training; analyze the impact of interpersonal skills, personality and emotional intelligence on leadership communication.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: basics of leadership communication; individual communication types and styles; oral and written communication skills; leadership theories; leadership types and styles; leadership and power; team leadership and communication; communication in organizations; the significance of organizational culture; ethics in leadership; leadership and diversity; interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, or Community and Human Services (8/17).