Leadership Theory – BUSI 503

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

Course Description

This course broadly surveys the body of leadership literature with heavy emphasis on the major practical theories. All leadership theories are evaluated in the light of biblical reasoning.

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


Understanding leadership theory means that one must understand how to build and maintain trust, how to communicate a vision, and how to achieve shared goals. Applying the various concepts of leadership theory will equip any leader with essential tools that enable success in a professional setting.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the primary leadership theories and how these concepts can be applied in organizations.
  2. Recognize the similarities and differences between various leadership theories.
  3. Integrate biblical principles within the context of effective leadership.
  4. Write concise, well-documented, logical argumentation in current APA format.
  5. Successfully lead a team project—successfully manage, plan, and organize group activities in a virtual environment.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Discussions (2)

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and incorporate at least 2 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ threads. The reply must be at least 200 words and must incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Discussion: Case Studies (4)

The student will be reviewing an assigned case study in four modules that relates to a specific leadership theory. There are TWO PARTS to this assignment, an initial post responding to specific questions for each case study plus a reply to the post of one classmate. Review the specific instructions for this assignment for details.  Each initial post must be at least 400 words and at least 2 citations. Your response to one classmate must be at least 150 words. APA formatting must be used in all posts.

Leadership Profile Assignments (4)

The student will complete 4 Leadership Profile Assignments. For each Leadership Profile Assignment, the student will complete the assigned questionnaires, reflect on his/her strengths and weaknesses, and then create an action plan for applying this information. Each Leadership Profile Assignment must be at least 300 words, contain at least 1 citation, and must conform to current APA format.

Leadership Journal Assignment (2)

The student will submit 2 Leadership Journal Assignment entries. For each entry, the student will answer the assigned questions by providing explanations as well as relevant examples. Each Leadership Journal Assignment entry must be no less than 350 words, contain at least 1 citation, and must conform to current APA format.

The Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible 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.

Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Assignment

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 2,000 words in current APA format that applies the leadership theories from the course to a leader from the Bible. The paper must include at least 8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit.