Leadership Theory – BMAL 702

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of dominant approaches to leadership with a focus on how those approaches can inform leadership practice and follow outcomes. As a complement to leadership theory, the basic competencies or skills necessary for effective leadership are also explored.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The evaluation of concepts of leadership and management from the perspective of theories and applied biblical integration is important in making effective decisions. The most effective decisions that leaders can make are those that are biblically sound, and therefore, will have long-term benefits and broad ramifications. In our world of constant change, it is important that leaders have a character-based, principle-centered approach to developing themselves, their teams, and their organizations. The understanding of these truths and the ability to choose the best course of action with influence and synergy is critical for leaders to implement enduring, biblically-based strategies for sustainability and growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the primary leadership and management theories and how these concepts can be applied in organizations (DSL PLO 1).
  2. Evaluate the similarities and differences between various leadership and management theories and create new paradigms (DSL PLO 3).
  3. Examine current theoretical and applied research in the area of leadership theory (DSL PLO 1).
  4. Integrate effective leadership and management with a Christian worldview (DSL PLO 4).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The thread must also be supported by at least 3 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words and be supported by at least 2 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Quiz: Literature Review: Topic Selection

In this assignment, the student will develop a proposal topic for the Literature Review that relates to an applied business problem. In addition, the student will develop one to two research questions to guide the literature search.

Literature Review: Outline and Bibliography Assignment

In this assignment, the student will develop an outline and bibliography for the Literature Review. The assignment must be written in current APA format and include at least 10 peer-reviewed sources related to your leadership topic.

Literature Review: Draft Submission Assignment

The Literature Review: Final Submission Assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. This assignment will allow students to submit a draft of the final submission and make any necessary edits prior to submitting the final assignment.

Literature Review: Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a 10–15-page Literature Review relevant to the concepts studied throughout the course. The paper must be written in current APA format and be supported by at least 10 scholarly sources.

Course Reflection Preferred Leadership Style Assignment

The student will write a 3–5-page evaluation of their preferred leadership style supported by concepts found in the textbook and current scholarly literature. The paper must be written in current APA format and be supported by 5 peer-reviewed journal references published within the last 10 years.