This course explores the central role that communication plays in effective organizational leadership. In particular, leadership communication is critical to developing or changing organizational culture, which are key functions of leadership. The primary author whose work we use in the course, Barrett (2011), defines leadership communication as follows. Leadership communication is the controlled, purposeful transfer of meaning by which individuals influence a single person, a group, an organization, or a community by using the full range of their communication abilities and resources to connect positively with their audiences, overcome interferences, and create and deliver messages that guide, direct, motivate, or inspire others to action (p. 6). This definition implies that leaders must be intentional about what they communicate and how they communicate. They must be conscious of sending clear and consistent messages to internal and external stakeholders. Leaders must be equally conscious of attending to messages received from internal and external sources. The course follows Barrett’s Leadership Communication Framework, which includes three main categories: (1) Core Leadership Communication addresses strategy, writing, and speaking in chapters 1-6. (2) Organizational Leadership Communication covers emotional intelligence, cross-cultural literacy, meetings, and teams in chapters 7-10. (3) Corporate Leadership Communication focuses on internal and external relations in chapters 11 and 12. During the course, we will examine the impact of ethos on a leader’s ability to communicate effectively. According to Barrett (2011, p. 11), “Ethos is an appeal based on the perceived character of the sender of the message: Is the person trustworthy, confident, believable, knowledgeable, and a man or woman of integrity?” The course emphasizes exhibiting positive leadership ethos. In addition, we will look at different perspectives of power, influence, and persuasion in leadership communication. We will investigate issues related to conflict within organizations. We also will examine the impact of cultural diversity, gender diversity, and technology on leadership communication. Assignments will promote development of essential knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that contribute to effective leadership communication. The course emphasizes self-assessment of leadership communication skills, reflective practice, and giving and receiving peer feedback. The course provides opportunities for students to fine-tune existing skills or to develop new skills. For example, there is an expectation that students will fine-tune or begin to develop presentation skills using PowerPoint. You may find that the exercises in this course will surface and extend knowledge that you already have, but you may not have been using as effectively as possible. Challenge yourself to enhance your repertoire of leadership communication behaviors. The tangible product of the course is a Communication Portfolio of artifacts that are tools of leadership communication. Students will have numerous opportunities to hone written and oral skills that enhance leadership communication. Throughout the course, we will integrate biblical examples from the ministry of Jesus Christ that inform our understanding of effective leadership communication, as illustrated in the Gospel according to Mark.