Session VI will synthesize the various sessions and provide additional resources that students can use as their careers develop. In addition, students will be encouraged to discuss how they have implemented concepts learned in the course, and which concepts they found effective and ineffective in their work environment.
Session I will explore the issue of leadership and determine what the students expect from the module. Various theories of leadership will be explored, including transactional and transformational leadership, and the role of leadership within modern organizations will be discussed. Students will read about leaders as diverse as Attila the Hun, George Washington, Walt Disney and Jack Welch, and will be encouraged to explore why these men were successful leaders. Students will also bring examples of leaders in their own lives and organizations, and the unique characteristics of individual organizations will be discussed so that future lessons can have immediate relevance.
The continued investment in leadership training suggests that organizations believe there is validity to the process, and some studies support this belief. However, one-time seminars are not likely to bring about changes in individuals and transform them into strong leaders. Instead, regular training sessions emphasizing different aspects of leadership are necessary to build an effective training program that will produce leaders who can be successful in their current organization as well as transfer skills to new organizations or as their organizations change over time. The skills that are emphasized are communication skills--both listening and transmitting, building emotional maturity, learning when--and when not--to delegate, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of all members of a team--including the leader, and knowing when to follow rather than lead (Woltring, Constantine & Schwarte, 2003).
One of the most common forms of leadership training is that of the semin