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BUS 228 — Courageous Leadership

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s): Mar 29—May 31
Duration: 10 weeks
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Drop Deadline: Apr 11
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $485
Format: On-campus course
Limit: Limit 40
Status: Open
Successful leadership requires making bold, risky, and sometimes unpopular decisions. In a word, it requires courage. But courage is much more than charging into the unknown with uncertain outcomes. While everyone has the capacity for courage, not every aspiring leader understands how to harness courage to enhance effectiveness. Courageous leadership requires a deep understanding of the unique relationship between courage and fear as well as the connection between leaders and those they lead.

This course will start with an assessment of self, examining students’ own concept of courage and how it influences leadership and communication styles, and how fear impedes productive collaboration. Students will also evaluate major modern leadership strategies and discover how the proper balance of courage and fear fosters effective communication that inspires and engages others. With courage as a leadership tool, students will be able to engender compassion for themselves and empathy for others. Research has shown that highly compassionate leaders inspire loyalty and commitment, thus creating an environment that breeds productivity and health. Through experiential practices, reflection, and group discussion, students will gain greater awareness about their authentic self and the courage to apply the most appropriate leadership style in any given situation.

Hala Kleinknecht, Co-Founder, Head Heart Consulting; Leadership and Executive Coach; Psychology Instructor

Hala Kleinknecht’s coaching and therapy clients include leaders and executives seeking success and congruence in their professional and personal lives. She received an MA in counseling psychology from Sofia University.

Veronica Foster, Co-Founder, Head Heart Consulting; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Veronica Foster is a leadership coach and communication consultant. She received an MA in counseling psychology from USF.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John Baldoni, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership (ISBN 1629560219)
(Required) Daniel Goleman, Primal Leadership, Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (ISBN 1422168034)