Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution – LEAD 610

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

Course Description

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.

Prerequisite

None

Rationale

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:

  1. Relate a biblical perspective of leadership to the ministry context.
  2. Differentiate the various roles of a leader of a team.
  3. Analyze various qualities and approaches to team development.
  4. Describe the dysfunctions that are common with working in teams.
  5. Demonstrate the skills required for developing leaders and teamwork in a ministry/nonprofit organization.
  6. Identify situation-essential principles of team building and people management.
  7. Apply conflict resolution principles to common conflict situations.
  8. Formulate a plan to apply best practices of team leadership to a ministry situation.
  9. Judge how various communication styles and personalities effect teamwork.

Course Assignment

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/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 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (Please note that DB Forums 2-3 span two weeks and the student will get one grade in the grade center based on their activity. DB Forum 4 is in week eight and is connected to the 4MAT action steps)

4-MAT Book Reviews (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.

Style Matters Inventory & Reflection Paper

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

Peacemakers Project

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..