LSAL 5013  Interdisciplinary Foundations for Leadership

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An introduction to the concept of interdisciplinarity as an organizing principle for understanding and interpreting models, theories, and applications of leadership in a variety of organizational settings. Provides selected readings designed to reinforce the interdisciplinary approach to graduate studies in leadership. 

LSAL 5113 – Leadership Theories

The Master of Arts - Administrative Leadership program educates you for success in the 21st century by combining the broad elements of interdisciplinary study with an in-depth understanding of leadership. The very qualities that today’s employers seek are those of leadership within the context of creative and flexible thinking.

LSAL 5133 – Cultures of Organizations

How you understand or explain a phenomenon – whether it be a static thing like a painting or a set of dynamic events such as group behavior in an organization – determines how you act. Your actions are then interpreted by many different people, and each will attach to it a unique explanation or interpretation.

LSAL 5053  Research Methods in Organizations

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Theories, techniques, and application of research designed to prepare leadership students to understand and respond to applied research involving organizational leadership and organizational settings. 

LSAL 5153 – The Ethics of Leadership

In this course, students will examine ethical dimensions of leadership from many perspectives and create case studies and a final project that applies the concepts learned in the course. Ethics, in the broadest sense, refers to how we relate to other people, animals, the environment and ourselves in terms of what we should do. The study of ethics is more than just memorizing a moral code or religious doctrine; it enables the student to examine ethical problems from several important perspectives, adequately frame problems for optimal understanding and practice ethical reasoning in developing practical solutions. These skills are essential in human life. The more honed an individual becomes in making good and ethically sound judgments, the more valuable they become in the decision-making process of any organization.

LSAL 5173 – The Individual and Leadership

This course examines positive and negative aspects of leadership in terms of traits, behaviors, styles, personality function, situational variables, motivational factors, values and self-understanding. Students will explore theories and research on others who function in leadership roles as well as engage in their own self-analysis of key variables related to leadership. The coursework will facilitate the student’s ability to be a more effective leader through greater self-awareness and through strategies to promote constructive relationships in groups or organizations.

LSAL 5193 – Creating, Leading and Managing Change

An examination of effective leadership skills necessary to create and manage change in a variety of organizational settings. Topics include leadership styles in change management, organizational change strategies, models, frameworks and the potential barriers to change in organizations.

LSAL 5203 – Leadership Issues in Decision Making

This course is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature and attributes of poor management and leadership (also referred to as “stupidity” by author R. Sternberg and others in his anthology), consideration of a proposed theory of the attributes of “stupidity” and how “stupidity” relates to human decisions and behavior. We explore from a cognitive psychology perspective the attributes of “stupidity” and from an economist’s perspective the attributes of social decision-making and the unintended consequences of those decisions.

LSAL 5223 – Financial Leadership

Introduces foundational accounting principles and financial concepts for non-financial managers. Topics include analysis of financial reports, communication of financial data to organizational leaders and stakeholders and financial planning.

LSAL 5253 – Ethics in Organizations

A discussion of moral and ethical decision-making processes as they relate to a variety of organizational settings. Topics include moral reasoning and the resolution of ethical challenges in careers, the relationship of ethics to concern for employees and the fiduciary responsibilities of organizations, case studies in ethical issues in organizational settings and the development of an ethical leadership skill set.

LSAL 5273 – Planning in Organizations

An exploration of how organizations can create sustainable competitive advantage in their operating environments. Topics include the evaluation of social, political, technological, economic, and global factors that may affect an organization, the creation of linkages between an organization’s non-financial purpose and its financial goals and the development of successful business strategies in conjunction with effective business planning methods.

LSAL 5283 – Building High Performance Teams

Provides students with the knowledge needed to identify a group’s current functioning and build the necessary conditions to create a high-performance team. Explores components of teams and examines the qualities of one who is capable of leading groups of people effectively.

LSAL 5293 – Leadership in Practice

An investigation of applied leadership principles in a variety of leadership environments, including for profit, not for profit and public organizations. Includes a review of different approaches to leadership and contemporary views of effective leadership supplemented by discussions with individuals who hold leadership positions.

LSAL 5313 – Organizational Communications for Decision Making

Information management systems are a significant issue in today’s organizational settings, both in military and private organizations. The significance of this issue can be seen in the success and/or failure of many organizations in their ability to adapt to external conditions. Organizations adapt to their external environment, or failing that, become ineffective and potentially dissolve. Organizations can no longer presume they will last forever, particularly when environmental changes occur at high speed. This course discusses the fundamental issues in the management of information, the ways people in organizations exchange information, and ultimately, how effective sharing of information leads to effective problem solving.

LSAL 5323 – Fundraising and Budgeting

Provides students with an overview of the history, philosophy, and ethics of fundraising and development. Students will learn about building relationships, goal setting, communication and how to build strategic fundraising plans to support a non-profit organization’s vision.

LSAL 5333 – Motivation and Leadership

Motivation is often defined as the substance that “energizes behavior,” and when studying motivation, researchers are concerned with not only what energizes and directs behavior, but also with how to maintain and sustain motivation. In this course, students will examine various motivational theories and their application in work and leadership. In other words, we will examine the set of energetic forces that originate both within, as well as beyond an individual’s being, to initiate work-related behavior, and to determine its form, direction, intensity and direction. Specifically, students will examine how needs, values, attitudes, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, goals, gender, culture and generations all influence motivation in work, communication and leadership styles.

LSAL 5353 – Non-Profit Governance

Provides students with an overview of key issues involved in the governance of nonprofit organizations and the role of nonprofit boards. Major governance models are examined and implications of using the different models are discussed.

LSAL 5363 – Staffing and Talent Management in Organizations

Explores how to align people-management processes with organizational purpose and strategy within a nonprofit organization’s vision, mission and business strategy.

LSAL 5393 – The Importance of Followership

The trend in leadership studies is moving away from leader-centered theory to more integrated theory that includes the leader’s relationship with and influence on followers. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an often understudied aspect of leadership – the role of the follower and the dynamics that result from followership. Students will learn about different theories and definitions of followership, different ways followers can be categorized, how followers often become subtle but influential leaders themselves and the role of followers in standing up for effective leadership or against ineffective or bad leadership.

LSAL 5403 – Leadership in History

This course analyzes principles of leadership, using prominent examples drawn from history to discern patterns and test categories of and theoretical generalizations on leadership. The pertinent discussions aim to facilitate the understanding of leadership in different historical contexts. Consideration is given to success and failure, the relative importance of personality vs. circumstances, leadership characteristics and styles.

LSAL 5423 – Women in Leadership

This course explores women leaders and their influence on their societies, as well as their contributions on a broader spectrum. Special attention is focused on how women leaders become change agents from different eras and what particular issues made them transformational leaders. The number of women leaders who have climbed to high level positions as heads of state, governmental bodies, administrators, and leaders of political parties and major organizations is limited. Successful women leaders are a diverse group and research shows they represent a wide range of varied and interesting personal, social and political backgrounds. We are interested in studying their leadership patterns, finding out what they accomplished and how their society was changed as a result of their transformational contributions.

LSAL 5443 – Religious Leaders for Social Justice

The Master of Arts - Administrative Leadership option educates students for success in the 21st century by combining the broad elements of interdisciplinary study with an in-depth understanding of leadership. This third-in-a-series of courses dedicated to the principles of leadership focuses on the characteristics of leaders as individuals and, in particular, as individuals of faith for causes pertaining to social justice. We explore individuals from the major faith traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Native American religion and investigate the ways in which faith and the particular constellation of life experiences and social situations have inspired leadership for the cause of social justice.

LSAL 5463 – U.S. Military Leadership from the Revolution to the Gulf War

This is a graduate level course that studies leadership, both uniformed and civilian, in the United States military from 1775 to 2000. It does this within the context of the evolution of American military from a small 18th century army and wooden ship-and-sail navy to the globe-dominating colossus of the late 20th century. This context includes the impact of technology, maturing military theory and the changing position of the United States in the world. All of this produced diverse leadership styles which are illustrated in the careers of military leaders, such as George Washington, U. S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, David Farragut, John Pershing, Hap Arnold, George C. Marshall and many others.

LSAL 5483 – National Security Leadership

National Security Leadership is designed to prepare the student to operate within the environment of the U.S. national security system. It addresses the legislation that created the current national security system, including the National Security Act of 1947, the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, among others. It looks at the structure of the national security community and how it has evolved and addresses, through selected cases, how it has worked in practice. Capping the course is a simulation of a national security crisis decision and a major research paper.

LSAL 5513 — Foundations in Coaching

A graduate-level survey course designed to familiarize students with the fundamental principles on which the field of professional coaching is built, to explore the core competencies required for professional coaching, to understand and analyze the methods used to facilitate the coaching process, to develop the basic skills required for effective practice as a professional coach and to understand the guidelines that govern ethical coaching activities.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSAL 5113; or permission of dean.

LSAL 5533 — Theories of Coaching

This course examines the theories upon which the professional coaching practice is based. Special emphasis will be placed on developing a broad understanding of various theoretical approaches and how those theories facilitate client growth. Students will also be introduced to the personality of theorists, the cultural and historical context of their theory building, major themes and ideas of the theories and evidence and research supporting the theoretical approach. Students will also be asked to analyze the theories in the context of their own anticipated practice and potential audiences.

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003 and LSAL 5113; or permission of dean.

LSAL 5553 — Assessment-Based Coaching

An examination of best practices for using assessment results to conduct data-driven leadership and executive coaching and to maximize coaching effectiveness.

LSAL 5573 — Careers in Coaching

An overview of the career opportunities related to coaching in organizations, emphasizing the major theoretical and functional components of coaching in a variety of organizations.

LSAL 5593 — Development and Grant Writing

An in-depth exploration of the grant attainment process, including practical exercises in proposal writing and the grant review process.

LSAL 5700 — Citizen Soldier

This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the nature of citizen soldiers, as well as the purpose and goals of the militia and National Guard organizations. The ongoing value to local, state and federal governments that the militia and National Guard have represented will be studied within the context of the overall American military ethos. The success of these institutions will be illustrated through biographies of specific units and leaders who have made their mark on American history. This course aims, above all, to foster a greater appreciation of the contribution made by citizen soldiers to the security of the U.S. over nearly four centuries of history.

LSAL 5700 — Financial Leadership in Organizations

Financial Decision-Making for Leaders is an intensive inquiry into the decision-making functions of financial leadership in organizations. Based on concepts and financial ratios presented in the assigned readings, the course enables the student to understand and apply financial management and resource allocation skills through engagement in an Internet-delivered business simulation.

LSAL 5700 — Multiple Intelligences in Leadership

For many years, it was thought that intelligence was the most important factor for success in life and work. Now, with the establishment of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and other suggested forms of intelligence such as emotional, social, naturalistic and existential intelligences, this idea has been turned on its head. The word intelligence has been pluralized. With that change comes the influence of multiple intelligences on concepts such as leadership, personal success and education. This course aims to understand the various intelligences, to look at the connections between multiple forms of intelligence with leadership theory and how MI Theory can be introduced into education.

LSAL 5713 — Significance of Race in American Society

An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives used to explain racial issues in the United States. Identifies common racial/ethnic assumptions through an examination of how race or ethnicity is portrayed in the media with a comparison of current research findings relating to inequality.

LSAL 5733 — Overcoming Educational Inequality in America

An examination of inequality within the American educational system from K-12 to higher education utilizing demographic data and analyzing current research on inequality based upon race, class, and gender.

LSAL 5793 — Exploring Race and Gender in Film

An examination of race and gender in film during the post-civil rights period. Explores the effects of inequality and inclusiveness through the cinematic lens and analyzes the evolution of film relating to the depiction of race and gender issues. No student may earn credit from both 4793 and 5793.

LSAL 5920 — Internship

Prerequisite: graduate standing, LSTD 5003, and permission of dean. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. 75 working hours (per credit hour) of field experience directly related to study focus in the Master's program is required. Requirements include journal, reports, written summary, and comprehensive examination over these materials. (F, Sp, Su). See also:

Graduate Internship Packet