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KAFP 4135 - Leadership Practices, Public Narratives, Relationships, Strategizing and Action

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Leadership is a practice, not a position or title. One might exercise leadership from a position of high authority, but also from the middle or the bottom of the hierarchy. To lead is to accept responsibility for enabling others to address a problem and achieve a shared purpose. The objective of this course is to develop students' capacity to create social change and exercise leadership in their organizations and communities, whether or not they hold positions of authority. The course will introduce students to main leadership concepts and explain the difference between leadership and authority, and between technical and adaptive challenges. Students will then have the opportunity to develop four core abilities that facilitate the practice of leadership: namely the motivational, relational, strategic and action skills.


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Pedagogical format

In addition to traditional methods of lectures, discussions and readings, the course will include a workshop session, group work, weekly personal reflection papers and a final project. Pedagogy of this course is one of reflective practice. Students will be required to tap into their inner resources, and share personal stories, insights, experiences and challenges. Due to the confidential nature of some discussions, and because listening and sensing the environment are crucial to leadership, students will be asked to limit their use of technology in classroom.

Course validation

Students will be evaluated on class participation (30%), weekly assignments (40%), and final paper (30%).


Complete and on-time attendance, weekly reading requirements (60-100 pages), short written assignments, final paper. Weekly readings should be read in preparation for the class discussions.

Required reading

  • Heifetz (Ronald), Leadership Without Easy Answers
  • Bruner (Jerome), Making Stories
  • Frankl (Victor), Man's Search for Meaning
  • Dean (Williams), Real Leadership
  • Reading pack containing mandatory and optional readings for each session will be provided at the beginning of semester.

Additional required reading

Kerney (Richard), On stories: Thinking in Action