Leadership in the 21st Century: A Paradigm Shift for a Global Environment
The demands of the 21st century will require new forms of leadership. The purpose of this course is to explore the challenges and dilemmas that leaders will confront in this dynamic era. Consequently, Connective Leadership, a leadership model designed for a global environment, will provide the overarching conceptual framework for the course. In the first segment of the course, we shall focus on leaders as individuals. Readings will explore both classical and contemporary theories of leadership. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and gain insight into their own leadership profiles.
Then, in the second segment of the course, we shall shift our attention to leaders as critical participants in organizations. How does the organizational context change things for leaders? What special constraints and challenging issues do leaders face in the organizational context of the 21st century? The course will also focus on new organizational orientations and configurations designed for speed and innovation, including “hot groups.”
The course takes a transdisciplinary approach, integrating concepts and models from psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, philosophy, and organizational behavior. The course will include videos and exercises to supplement lectures and discussion. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate actively in every class discussion and exercise.