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Mindful Leadership - Course Listing & Descriptions

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LS5000 Foundations of Outstanding Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

This is the first required course in the Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership program because it provides the foundation and orientation to the other areas of leadership covered by the curriculum. This course is based on the 14 leadership competencies, the motive- and trait-level qualities statistically proven to distinguish excellent from average leaders at the level of predictive validity, by motivation theorist David McClelland and his team of researchers.

One of the primary objectives of the course is for students to learn that competencies, like motives and traits, cannot be directly observed, but they can be reliably inferred from a person's behavior.

Another primary objective is for students to learn that leadership competencies, no matter the profession, are demonstrated by the best leaders. These competencies are inferred through the measurable behaviors that great leaders demonstrate more often, more consistently, and with better results than other leaders. Students will have an opportunity to delve into one of these competencies in depth, and to apply the theory to real situations.

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LS5005 Change, Conflict, and Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this required course is to provide students in-depth study of the dynamics of change and conflict, the relationship between these, and the importance of leadership in relation to these. Particular attention will be given to the types and styles of leadership needed for guiding successful change and avoiding or reducing conflicts. Case studies in sociocultural, business/economic, and political areas will be used for examining the change/conflict parameters, as well as the leadership used. The purpose includes students' developing their own leadership qualities and capabilities, especially for areas of change or conflict of personal interest. Students will create a project in which they structure the leadership necessary for some change or conflict they would like to see addressed. Note: This course includes a proctored exam.
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LS5010 Leading People, Teams, and Organizations

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this required course is to understand how power works and how to use it skillfully as a leader with different parties and under different circumstances. Power dynamics exist any time two or more people are in a relationship. Leadership by definition involves the legitimate exercise of power to move people to follow a desired course of action. This course focuses on what spiritual paths call "right use of power," the ability to influence others by tapping into their own interests while serving the greater good. It covers the different kinds of power - when to use them skillfully for the best results; how to balance the need for results against the need to maintain positive relationships; how to manage and develop individuals; how to lead teams and serve on leadership teams; and how to lead larger organizations. Note: This course includes a proctored exam.

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LS5015 The Practice of Mindful Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Within the context of leadership and community, the purpose of this required course is to provide an in-depth practicum in cultivating and sustaining the ability to be fully aware from moment to moment in daily life and particularly in leadership situations. This crucial skill of mindful awareness is necessary in order to apply leadership skills. This course will use exercises from the research of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction combined with case studies of mindfulness practices in leadership. Note: This course includes a proctored exam.
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LS5020 Spirituality & Ethics in Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Any activity that involves the interaction of human beings is bound to have ethical and spiritual implications. The purpose of this required course is to examine the spiritual and ethical implications of leadership. Essentially, this course asks students to consider the questions of how one ought to behave both spiritually and ethically as a leader. In whatever society we live, these questions are raised as a normal part of human discourse. For example, in the course of an election, people will try to decide which of the participants would be a better leader. The term, "better," is a value-laden term in that it implies some criterion or goal with respect to which we will measure potential leaders. It may be that, for some, "better" means "more effective" in achieving a certain goal. But, for this to make sense, the goal must have some value. Spirituality and ethics are key pieces in the study of value.
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LS6000 Leadership and the Practice of Presence

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to focus on developing the presence of a leader, through incorporating the theories and ideas of leading thinkers in leadership theory, including Scharmer's Theory U, Heifetz's Adaptive Leadership, and Hedges' The Power of Presence. Through a balance of internal work and inner knowing practices combined with external, didactic real world examples and case studies, this course presents a holistic model of leadership that promotes the emergence of the authentic presence of a leader.
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LS6005 Mastering Self-Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Self-leadership is a combination of social cognitive theory and intrinsic motivation theory. The purpose of this course is to teach students to use a comprehensive self-help guide that's thoroughly grounded in sound principles and research and that emphasizes that proper self-leadership is a precursor for the effective leadership of others.
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LS6010 Leading from the Inside Out

Credit Hours: 3

Any consideration of leadership from the point of view of its transformative qualities must necessarily take into account the evolving relationship between self-transformation and the leadership based upon this self-integrity and wholeness (leading from the inside out). Essentially, this course asks students to give serious thought to the question of what it means to be a leader with strong personal wholeness. The course is based on the premise that inner transformation depends upon the person, and that such transformation can occur in context with others. Thus, leading from the inside out does not mean that, as I transform myself, I then transform others. Rather, the group dynamic within which I operate presents an opportunity for all involved to transform themselves.
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LS6055 Peacebuilding

Credit Hours: 3

The assumption behind this course is that each of us can make a difference in our families and communities by developing a greater consciousness of our own feelings, thoughts, and actions as they affect our ability to create harmony around us. The purpose of this course is to deepen students' understanding of the dynamics of peacebuilding as it relates to any situation. The course will also include the examination of some of the terms and modalities used in peacebuilding, such as reconciliation, conflict transformation, and mediation.
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LS6090 Research, Application, and Assessment

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this required course is to provide students with a sufficient grounding in qualitative research methods so that they can be effective in conducting independent research of their own. There are three major parts of this course. The first involves an examination of the nature of qualitative research and its principal differences from quantitative research. In the second part, students undertake a capstone project intended to apply the insights they have gained throughout the program to a specific topic they wish to examine in depth. Finally, students have the opportunity to assess the capstone projects submitted by their fellow students.
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LS6100 Global Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is, first, to introduce students to the issues of creating a sustainable world of security and quality of life. Humanity is becoming more engaged and interdependent at a global level through trade, international relations, and information/communication systems. Students will develop an understanding of the parameters and dynamics involved in globalization and global security, especially from the transpersonal perspective. In particular, students will examine the challenges to achieve sustainable globalization and reduce global security threats. Secondly, the purpose of this course is to develop students' knowledge and skills in meeting the challenges and overcoming the threats to successful globalization and global security. Students will explore the types of leadership styles and the areas of leadership needed for positive and sustainable globalization and global security. Case studies in global security will be used for examination of the issues, as well as the leadership being used. Culminating this work will be the students' development of their vision of global leadership.
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LS6105 Cross-Cultural Dialogue

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to increase students' skills for effective cross/inter-cultural sensitivity, communication, and competency. Twenty-first century globalization is creating a high demand for such skills, as is the increasing complexity in cultures. Students will be introduced to concepts and terms most associated with this field. This will be followed by skill development in sensitivity/awareness, communication, and competency. Students will then examine cross-cultural case studies in business, education, healthcare, politics, and international relations. Students will choose an area of personal interest to research through individual study. This course will prepare students to take leadership roles in effecting cross/inter-cultural sensitivity, communication, and competency.
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LS6110 Leadership, Diversity, and Pluralism

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to develop students' knowledge and skills in pluralism and cultural diversity competency in order to provide leadership. The course begins with students' reflections on each person's uniqueness and how such diversity between individuals can be a source of creativity, innovation, and progress. However, within cultures, diversity can be a problematic area, and students will explore diversity within cultures as well as the barriers to acceptance of diversity. Without leadership, barriers often can become the source of personal, group, organizational, or even national conflicts. Students will increase their skills for recognizing the dynamics that lead to such conflicts. Leadership becomes a course focus for overcoming these barriers and reducing such conflicts. Leadership in developing pluralism and cultural diversity competency will be the specific focus. Case studies from a broad spectrum of areas will be examined. This course is recommended before taking TP6105 Cross-Cultural Dialogue or TP6100 Global Leadership.
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LS6115 Working with Conflict

Credit Hours: 3

Conflict is a part of life. Whether it is in businesses, organizations, communities, countries, or at home, conflict left to fester can exact a heavy toll. The transformative leader needs to understand the sources of conflict in order to work with it in a positive, successful, and peaceful way. The purpose of this course is for students to study conflict and communication theory and explore how mediation and peace building principles can be used in all segments of business, organizational, community, family, and governmental life. Students will also explore their personal conflict style and their own unspoken and implicit rules that govern how they deal with conflict or difficult situations. Students will choose from a variety of conflict transformation topics, such as restorative justice, victim-offender mediation, international peace keeping, labor relations, workplace/employment-based mediation, or family mediation, and explore those on a practical basis, developing an in-depth understanding of how those principles can be applied personally and professionally.
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LS6200 Listening and Dialogue

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to increase students' effectiveness in conversation, both with themselves and with others. Students will learn and practice different forms of listening, and will also study several approaches to the dialogue process. Throughout the course, students will be asked to reflect on their own progress with, and challenges to, being an effective listener and participant in dialogues. The course offers numerous ways to practice these.
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LS6205 Leadership and Learning

Credit Hours: 3

Authentic education is based upon the notion that all aspects of a person (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) must be addressed for genuine learning to occur. The purpose of this course is to engage the student in a reflective examination of the spiritual aspects of the learning process in order to determine a) how those aspects can enhance the student's understanding of self and others, and b) how that understanding relates to the ability to lead from within.
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LS6205 Leadership and Learning: Spiritual Dimensions of Learning

Credit Hours: 3

Authentic education is based upon the notion that all aspects of a person (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) must be addressed for genuine learning to occur. The purpose of this course is to engage the student in a reflective examination of the spiritual aspects of the learning process in order to determine: a) how those aspects can enhance the student's understanding of self and others; and b) how that understanding relates to the ability to lead from within. This course will examine the relationship between learning and leadership in order to discover what approaches to learning might best nurture the qualities of leadership.
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LS6210 Coaching and Development

Credit Hours: 3

Professional development of others is central to leadership roles of any kind. Traditional goals for development are for improved performance; however, the best leaders serve as mentors and coaches developing the whole person to reach their highest potential. The purpose of this course is to understand what kinds of development are appropriate in various situations, the role of individual development in organizations and its effect on personal satisfaction and organization performance, and how to foster development ethically and appropriately. This course covers the range of development, from remedial change to inspirational, whole-person development in workplace settings. Participants will learn how to set development goals, inspire performance, give praise and corrective feedback, identify defensive patterns that create resistance, and assess progress.
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LS6215 Leading Innovation and Creativity

Credit Hours: 3

Leaders largely determine whether organizations have work climates that inspire or depress innovation. Organizations maintain their viability advantage by staying out in front of competitors in a variety of ways: through novel products and services, innovative business models, and entrepreneurial employees who exercise their creativity on the job every day. The purpose of this course is to increase students' skills to evoke and sustain novel contribution from people in individual and collective efforts that will forward the organization's goals. This course focuses on the qualities that help leaders think in novel ways and help others do so as well.
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LS6220 Thinking like a Leader: Conceptually, Systematically, and Strategically

Credit Hours: 3

Great leaders inspire others with their vision, but, more importantly, they attain their vision through strategic plans that mobilize their entire organization and external stakeholders in the desired ways. Careers and organizations can stall since few people are taught strategic planning or systems thinking. The purpose of this course is to increase students' skills to envision, communicate, and implement the desired future for a collective effort in ways that inspire buy-in and discretionary effort from others. This course covers strategic organization development: vision, mission, values, strategy, structure, infrastructure systems, and staffing. The course also covers the dimensions of strategic planning needed to maintain competitive advantage with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
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LS6225 Influencing Others

Credit Hours: 3

Influence is the essential element of leadership: the exercise of power to move others to a desired course of action. It is indispensable in organizations, but it is a communication skill that is the foundation of many jobs, including sales, marketing account management, public relations, investor relations, and management of all kinds. The purpose of this course is to learn how to apply skillful means to move people forward without activating resistance. This course presents an array of influence techniques for a variety of situations, including how to determine when they will be most effective in getting others to align with a desired position or course of action.
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LS6230 Models of Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to examine the major streams of contemporary thought regarding the nature and functions of leadership. Consideration will be given to such approaches to leadership as a traits-based approach, a skills-based approach, and a situational approach. Such theories as transformational leadership, servant leadership, and authentic leadership will be studied in-depth.
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LS6235 Issues in Contemporary Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to have students examine complex problems encountered in leadership that have no clear solution. Various contemporary problems are emerging from the advances and trends in our global world of an environmental, economic, technological, and cultural nature. Through examination of case studies of leaders from the past and present and the issues that they encountered, the student will be encouraged to suggest the application of various leadership competencies to address them in a creative and collaborative manner.
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LS6900 Integration Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this required seminar course in the Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership program is to give students an opportunity to reflect upon and integrate the knowledge and experience they have acquired in the course of their studies. The course is designed to broaden and deepen students' understanding of theory, research, and best practices in the field of leadership, broadly defined. The course will also prepare students for the next step in their intellectual, professional, and personal journeys.

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