Descriptions of courses in the Leadership Department

LDR (Leadership)

LDR 7113 Foundations of Leadership

Three hours

Historical and contemporary leadership theories and concepts with an emphasis on the moral dimensions of leadership and ethics. Competencies and influences of leaders and followers are contrasted, and students gain insights through personal leadership and character assessments.


LDR 7223 Mission, Vision, and Values

Three hours

Study of the critical nature and relationship of mission, vision, and values to individuals and organizations. Identification and development of personal and organizational core purposes and values that direct strategies and define measures of success.


LDR 7343 Corporate Governance and Ethics

Three hours

An examination of present-day governance standards, the corporation as an artificial person, the responsibility of directors to govern corporations, the proper role of CEOs and other executives, and how shareholders can influence management decisions. Course topics include the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as amended, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as other case studies and readings. This intensive study is designed for business leaders, graduate business students, and others interested in governance challenges facing organizations and those who lead them.


LDR 7503 Executive Leadership Seminar

Three hours

A capstone experience which allows participants to explore, discover, and affirm their core values and understand how these are manifested in their personal leadership style. The goal is to spur the development of leaders who operate from a foundation of the highest ethical standards as a strategic key to profitability and long-term sustainability. An additional fee associated with this course.


LDR 7993 Building Teams

Three hours

An experiential approach to application of the skills and attitudes necessary for building and leading effective teams. Topics include communication and motivation theories, group formation and behavior, group decision-making processes, conflict management, negotiation, facilitation, and organizational support structures.


LDR 8003 Ethical Decisions in Organizations

Three hours

A study of how decisions and actions incorporate ethical issues. Individuals, organizations, and societies are influenced in significant ways by the ethical principles they use to make decisions. The course examines, from a Christian perspective, the ethical foundations, responsibilities, and consequences of decisions and practices in our society. Study includes the use of case studies illustrating the application of ethical theory in situations that students will likely encounter in their careers.


LDR 8033 Christian Foundations for Organizational Leaders

Three hours

An examination of the basic elements of the Christian faith with the purpose of understanding Christian values and perspectives. Through a study of Christian scripture and literature, students explore the Christian world view, faith, practice, values, testimony, lifestyle, and impact on others. The relevance of Christian faith to organizational leadership is emphasized.


LDR 8113 Leading Change

Three hours

Recognition of social and economic pressures for change. Adaptation of an ethical change process within diverse organizational settings. Forecasting and designing alternative futures for organizations. Expansion of a conceptual framework for lifelong applied learning and the development of strategic change and implementation plan.


LDR 8243 Emotional Health in Organizations

Three hours

Working together and effecting change require more than technical and intellectual capabilities. Leaders must be able to assess and manage their own emotions as well as the emotions of others and of groups. Students explore areas such as emotional intelligence, adversity, conflict, peacemaking, and acceptance for the purpose of learning how to lead healthy groups in God-honoring ways. We were created in God's image with a mind, will, and emotions. By combining the intellect (the Head) with healthy emotions and emotional relationships (the Heart), leaders can have a more profound impact on the world.


LDR 8333 Global Leadership and Ethics

Three hours

Cross-cultural and global perspectives highlight competitive advantage through diversity. Application of universal standards of leadership and ethics in multiple organizational settings.


LDR 8903 Selected Topics

Three hours

A course offering students opportunities to study subjects of special interest. May be offered on a group basis in a classroom setting or as independent study under faculty supervision.

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