Educational Administration
(EdAd 5911)
Leadership and Personal Growth
Summer Semester 2012



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Course Description: This course provides an overview of leadership through a theoretical perspective. Learners will begin to see the role and styles of leadership in relation to the culture of schools and communities.


Instructor Kim Riordan, Ed.D.
Office 156 EduE
Phone (218) 726-7251

Address  Dept. of Education, 412 Library Drive, Duluth, MN 55812
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Office Hours  by appointment and through email
Class Meeting Time

This course will meet exclusively online in Moodle

Statement of Course Objectives:

1. To analyze the major theories of leadership.
2. To study areas of personal growth and self awareness as they relate to leadership.

3. To examine student's own basic skills of leadership.
4. To support students to understand their own leadership style.
5. To critically analyze leadership and understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of each approach studied.
6. To identify and evaluate the contemporary issues of leadership in today's world in the broad context of national and global trends.

Course Outcome Competencies:

(At the end of this course students will be able to:)
1. Explain the basic theories and concepts of leadership.
2. Apply understandings of communication styles, learning styles and self awareness in personal and work settings.
3. Assess and examine personal beliefs, styles, and leadership behaviors to increase self-awareness.
4. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different styles and approaches to leadership.
5. Recognize contemporary leadership issues in today's world context.

6. Create an analysis of an organization based on ethical considerations.

7. Conduct a self-analysis of leadership potential.
8. Recognize the leadership approaches and communication syles of others.

Required Texts and Readings

There is not a textbook assigned for this course. However, there are single chapters from various texts as well as online reading. These may include, but not be limited to:

  1. How Successful People Think (Maxwell, 2009)
  2. The 21 Indispnsable Qualities of a Leader (Maxwell, 1999)
  3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't (Collins, 2001)
  4. Mastering Self Leadership (Neck & Manz, 2010)
  5. Leadership: Theory and Practice (5th ed). Northouse, 2010)
  6. Be the Horse or the Jockey (Gulbranson, 2008)
  7. Organization Development and Transformation (French, Bell and Zwacki, 2005)
  8. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Medina, 2008)
  9. The Key to Continuous School Improvement, Ch. 5: Research and Development (Schmoker, 1999)
  10. The Leadership Experience, Ch. 1: What Does it Mean to be a Leader? (Daft, 2002)
  11. Schools That Learn, Ch II: A Primer to the Five Disciplines (Senge, et al, 2000)
  12. Balancing Leadership & Personal Growth: The School Administrator's Guide (Metzger, 2006). Ch. 11 Fulfilling your purpose as a leader...
  13. Leadership: Research, Findings, Practice, & Skills, Ch 14: International and Culturally Diverse Aspects of Leadership (Dubrin, 2001)
  14. The Moral Foundation of Extraordinary Leadership (Clawson, 2003)
  15. Schools That Learn, Ch XIII: Moving Into Community (Senge, et al, 2000)
  16. The Dance of Change, Ch. VII: Fear and Anxiety (Senge, et al, 1999)
  17. The Neuroanatomy of Leadership, (Goleman et al., 2002) Primal Leadership: Realizing the power of emotional intelligence
  18. Primal Leadership, "Emotional Intelligence - Leadership Competencies"   (Goleman, 2002, Appendix B)
  19. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Chapter 7 (Czikszentmihalyi, 1990)
  • There will be links to additional readings within Moodle

Instructional Strategies

The following instructional strategies and formats will be used this semester:

A variety of assignments and class activities will incorporate the following instructional strategies: reflection and self-assessment, small and large group discussion and problem solving, library and Internet research activities, technology related assignments, analysis of school and community organizations, interviews, text and Internet readings as assigned, and weekly web-based (asynchronous) threaded discussions and online class activities.



This semester's coursework will incorporate an analysis of inclusion and diversity issues in leadership and in the development of an understanding of the value and importance of diversity and cultural sensitivity. In addition, online threaded discussions will emphasize the importance and practice of eliciting and understanding diverse experiences, opinions, and insights.

IMPORTANT: I invite any of you who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, or any other special circumstances which might affect your ability to perform in this class to inform me so that together we can adapt methods, materials, or assignments as needed to provide equitable participation.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
~ Peter F. Drucker