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Leadership Dynamics (PA 390) built upon ten core leadership theories and combines liberal arts traditions with emerging insights from the social, natural, and formal sciences. It was taught from an original, cross-disciplinary syllabus with 100+ bibliographic entries.

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PA 390 | Leadership DynamicsSchool of Public, Nonprot, and Health Administration Grand Valley State UniversityPhoto: Auschwitz Birkenau

Course Description and ObjectivesThis course will expose you to 2,500 years of dynamic thinking about leaders and leadership, from the classical world to the post-modern. You will come to understand ten big ideas about leadership; ever-changing sources and deployments of authority; iterations of the leaders and followers place in society; and the latest thinking on leader-follower synchronicity, pervasive leadership, and leaderlessness. In the rst half of the semester, special attention will be drawn to the challenges of modernity and ideas about leadership and followership that culminated in World War II totalitarianism -- a watershed development that left us searching for new answers to age-old questions about human nature, interaction, and leadership. In the second half, we will refocus on these questions and examine postmodern hypotheses rising out of the social, natural, and formal sciences.

Professor Brian Flanagan | (616) 331-2770 | [email protected] Wednesdays, 6-8:50 PM, 2107 Au Sable Hall, GVSU-Allendale _______________________________ In This Syllabus: Course Description 1 Required Reading 2 Course Requirements 3 Calendar 3 Ofce Hours 3 Blackboard 3 Ten Big Ideas 3 Wheelhouse Talks 3 Syllabus Detail 4 Bibliography 9

Throughout, we will interact with the leadership canon and encounter numerous examples of leadership by men and women, living and dead. We will see how dynamic ideas are put into practice in the real world -famously, infamously, and anonymously. 1

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Required readingThis course is built around ve core books, supplemented by downloadable chapters and journal articles.

BooksMachiavellli Freud Arendt Kellerman Gardner

The Prince The most famous book on politics ever written, The Prince remains as lively and shocking today as when it was written almost ve hundred years ago. Initially denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and a recommendation of tyranny, it has more recently been defended as the rst scientic treatment of politics as it is practiced rather than as it ought to be practiced. Harvey C. Manselds translation of this classic work is the denitive version for scholars, students, and those interested in the dark art of politics.

Civilization and Its Discontents Written in the decade before Freuds death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Fundamental questions: What inuences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilizations trajectory? Freuds theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work.

The Origins of Totalitarianism In her monumental study, Dr. Arendt focuses on the two genuine forms of the totalitarian state in history -the dictatorships of Bolshevism after 1930 and of National Socialism after 1938. Identifying terror as the very essence of this form of government, she discusses the transformation of classes into masses and the use of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world, and in a brilliant concluding chapter analyzes the nature of isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.

Leadership Leadership, says Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman, is all about what leaders should learn -- but it is decidedly not, deliberately not, about what leadership education has lately come to look like. Instead, Leadership is a concise collection of great leadership literature that has stood the test of time. Every single selection has had an impact on how and what we think about what it means to lead. And every one has had an impact on leadership as an area of intellectual inquiry -as well as on the course of human history.

Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership Applying a cognitive lens to leadership, Gardner identies one of its crucial but hitherto neglected components: the mind of the leader and the minds of his or her followers. Effective leaders create new stories that wrestle successfully with stories that already populate the minds of their followers. Gardner imposes his highly original framework on a wide spectrum of leaders that range from political, business, and military leaders to those individuals who provide leadership in the arts, sciences, and professions.

Book chapters and journal articles are linked within this syllabus. Click the green arrows to access PDF copies, password hauenstein. 2 PA 390: Leadership Dynamics

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Course RequirementsSuccessful students will complete assigned readings, tweet highlights and reactions, participate fully in class discussion, and demonstrate creativity & mastery in written assignments. Note on Twitter: You are asked to set up a Twitter account for use throughout the semester. Read about Twitter if you have not used it before, and follow me at @briantanagan and your classmates at @hauensteingvsu/ldw12. Brevity is king on Twitter. Your goal should always be to express a complete thought within each 140-character tweet.

Ten Big IdeasTheories About Leadership1. Great ManGreat leaders are born. They rise when there is great need, and they shape history.

6. EnvironmentalLeaders design cultures that motivate people and elevate values.

20% PreparationYour participation will reveal the quality of your preparation, which will be graded objectively week by week. Assessment is based on tweets in advance of class, attendance, and in-class participation.

2. Trait

7. Situational

Some particular combination of Effective leaders adapt their traits, inherited and acquired, style to t tasks and the makes a great leader. psychological needs of followers.

20% ReectionSign up to complete two optional readings from our syllabus. For each, tweet 1-5 ideas worth spreading prior to the associated class period and come prepared to discuss. Before the next class, submit a brief (2-3 page) reection paper relating it to assigned readings and our ongoing exploration of leadership.

3. Behavioral/Style

Leaders are made. Great 8. Contingency leadership is dened by learned Effective leaders adapt their behaviors and styles. style and organization to t the environment.

4. TransactionalLeaders instruct, set expectations, reward and punish, bargain, and collaborate.

9. FunctionalDynamic leaders meet a variety of group needs toward group cohesion and effectiveness.

30% Midterm PaperWrite a 7-10 page paper drawing on Niccolo Machiavelli, Sigmund Freud, or Hannah Arendt and supporting readings. Get creative! and share your thesis in 140 characters or fewer on Twitter before February 15. Your paper is due February 22.

5. TransformationalLeaders raise morality, and inspire enthusiasm and energy toward a shared vision.

10. ServantGreat leaders are humble stewards, who serve and sacrice for the group.

30% Final ExamWe will have a comprehensive, take-home nal exam that advances the themes of this course. When completing your exam, draw on relevant assigned readings and at least six optional readings. Your nal exam is due on April 18.

Calendar#1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Ofce HoursTopic Notes 527C DeVos Center GVSU Pew Campus, Grand RapidsI am available Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 5 PM. Please email [email protected] or call (616) 331-2770 to set up an appointment. Ideal Leaders, Premodern to Modern The Individual and the State Heroes and History Charisma and the Crowd Transaction and Transformation Followers Responsibility Transition Sociology ... Authority 2.0 Anthropology ... Culture Design Psychology ... Sensing Neurobiology ... Syncing Physics ... Order and Chaos Rick DeVos Exam Due Mayra Martinez Thesis Due Paper Due Andy Dillon Marsha Rappley

Date1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22 2/29 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/25

Introductions, Denitions, and Themes

BlackboardOur syllabus and course information are available on Blackboard. Please submit your reections, midterm paper, and nal exam through the Assignments tab on our Blackboard course page.

Wheelhouse TalksEarn extra credit worth 2% of your total grade by attending and reecting on a Wheelhouse Talk by GVSUs Hauenstein Center. You may earn credit for attending up to 2 talks (4%).

Calculus ... Limits, Derivatives, and the Innite Series Conclusion

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1/11 Introductions, denitions, themesSources Subject of This Book, Barzun 3 Understanding the Basics, Bennis 3 The Crisis of Leadership, Burns 3 What is Leadership? DePree 3 Human Development & Leadership, Gardner 3 The Nature of Leadership, Gardner 3 Through the Organization Behavior Lens, Glynn Introduction to Leadership, Kellerman 3 What Leaders Really Do, Kotter Advancing Leadership Theory & Practice, Nohria Timeless Leadership, McCullough What Is Leadership? Porter and Nohria Philosophers and Kings, Rustow Simpler Way to Lead Organizations, Wheatley 3 Introduction to Certain Trumpets, Wills 3 Managers and Leaders, Zaleznik Economic Perspective on Leadership, Zupan

1/18 Ideal leaders, pre- 1/25 The individual modern