This week begins the start of a two year intensive passage of a lifelong journey. A journey that I hope takes me to the depths of knowledge in an area that is close to my heart, leadership. I know many enjoy this subject and seek out every book that talks about leadership, I do as well. I decided about two years ago to pursue a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership
for many reasons. The main reason is to...
truly help identify at the core a subject that is in essence elusive, maybe like bigfoot
. Leadership is in no means definitive, Stogdill (1974, p. 259) concluded that "there are almost as many definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept" (Yukl 2010). Another main reason to seek this passage is to help others who struggle. I think there are enough people on the 'edge' of work/ministry/life as a leader and they have not a clue of their next step. One more negative moment and they are going to their boss/pastor/wife and throwing in the towel.
I am starting off with three classes this semester, 3 credit hours each as well as a couple 1 hour projects. The classes and books are listed below (the 2-year program is divided up into four themes):
Theme 1: Foundations of LeadershipMOL 501 Foundations of Leadership:
MOL 527 Communications for Effective Leadership
- Leadership in Organizations (Yukl, 2010)
- Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Driver Performance & Building Lasting Value (Ulrich & Smallwood, 2007)
- Leading At A Higher Level (Blanchard 2007)
MOL 550 The Effective Organization
- Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach (O'Rourke 2007)
- Quality & Performance Excellence: Management, Organization, and Strategy (Evans 2008)
- 2009-2010 Baldridge National Quality Program Criteria for Performance Excellence (U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology 2008)
- Good to Great (Collins 2001)
- How the Mighty Fall (Collins 2009)