The Life of Leaders – LEAD 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will explore the lives of great leaders throughout history. Leadership is not a distinctively Christian practice. Leadership is found in all segments of society and culture. Thus, this course will explore the personal lives, traits, practices and disciplines of leaders in various sectors of cultural history including religious leaders, political leaders, military leaders, and business leaders. Specific attention will be given to the process of interpreting leadership from a distinctively organizational perspective, as performed by great leaders, and applying these leadership lessons into an organic perspective of Christian leadership in ministry. (Formerly CLED 520)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

A person’s Christian spiritual development and human development will impact life and vocation. As a result, the leader should have a clear understanding of how those areas affect life and vocation. An effective leader will integrate successfully the areas of Christian spirituality and human development into a positive Christian leadership style.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the spiritual-life, family-life, and ministry-life of leaders throughout history.
  2. Explain how the theology of historical leaders formed their ability to lead.
  3. Create a theology of Christian leadership.
  4. Synthesize lifestyle traits of leaders.
  5. Relate lessons on leadership to personal application of leadership.

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/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards 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 at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Leadership Journal Entries (8)

In each module/week of the course, the student is required to write a journal entry on a provided prompt. This prompt encourages the student to reflect on what he/she has learned throughout each module/week. (MLO: E)

Leadership Interview

The student must choose a leader to interview based on the interview questions he/she has composed. The purpose of the interview is to assess what makes up the life of a leader. The student must synthesize the interview in a 1750-2000 words. The paper must be written in current Turabian format if the student is a Seminary student or in current APA format if the student is a Human Services student. (MLO: D)

Shepherd and Servant Leadership

The student must submit a 1200-1500 word essay must analyze their theology of leadership by exploring the two biblical concepts of Sheperd Leadership and Servant Leadership. In this essay, students must first explain both concepts from a biblical point of reference and then compare and contrast these two leadership approaches/perspectives. The essay must be written in current Turabian format if the student is a Seminary student or in current APA format if the student is a Human Services student. (MLO: B, C)

Leadership Assessment & Response

The student must submit a 2000 word essay assessing the weaknesses in their personal leadership and then proposing a response for addressing these weaknesses. The paper must be written in current Turabian format if the student is a Seminary student or in current APA format if the student is a Human Services student. (MLO: A, D, E)