This course will focus on building and sustaining decision making teams, mentoring, delegating, resolving conflict, and handling and overcoming opposition. Extensive time will also be devoted to improving the individual’s and the group’s repertoire of styles of communication skills with a view of functioning more effectively and efficiently as a team leader in handling routine and crisis situations.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Leadership requires a clear understanding of teamwork. Today many leaders fail because of a lack of understanding of how to initiate, develop, and guide a team in accomplishing their God given purpose. Leaders who multiply themselves through others get the best results. Leadership is not about the individual, but about the group. The basic premise of the course is that conflict can be avoided when the leader works with others to accomplish his goals.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Relate a biblical perspective of leadership to the ministry context.
- Differentiate the various roles of a leader of a team.
- Analyze various qualities and approaches to team development.
- Describe the dysfunctions that are common with working in teams.
- Demonstrate the skills required for developing leaders and teamwork in a ministry/nonprofit organization.
- Identify situation-essential principles of team building and people management.
- Apply conflict resolution principles to common conflict situations.
- Formulate a plan to apply best practices of team leadership to a ministry situation.
- Judge how various communication styles and personalities effect teamwork.
Textbook readings and 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 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 and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Each reply should have at least one footnote or citation. (MLOs: A, C, E, G, I)
4-MAT Book Review Assignments (2)
The 4-MAT Review system is a way of responding to readings, lectures, and life experiences, requiring the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels. Each of the 2 required papers must be at least 1800 words (6 pages) (see grading rubric for details), submitted as a Microsoft Word document, and follow the format for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. The submissions must include a title page, footnotes/citations, subtitles, pagination, and a bibliography/reference page. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, I)
Style Matters Inventory & Reflection Paper Assignments
The student will complete the inventory to determine which of the 5 styles matches his/her own approach to conflict and create a reflection paper consisting of at least a 900 words (3 pages) submitted as a Microsoft Word document, and follow the format for the degree program in which the student is enrolled (MLOs: C, E, F, I)
Peacemakers Project Proposal & Final Paper Assignments
The core outcome of this project is to allow the student to practice the principles for resolution in a conflict situation. The final presentation of the project will be a 4800-6000 word (16-20 pages) paper, typed in Microsoft Word, and using the style format that correlates to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. (MLO: G)