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 is a key function of leadership. The primary author whose work we use in the course, Barrett (2011), defines leadership communication as:

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.

This 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; and (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), “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?” (p. 11). 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.

This class will help students prepare for the challenges of lay or ordained ministry.      

Students will consider potential problems and pitfalls and develop principles and practices to enable them to remain faithful and fruitful for a lifetime of ministry. 

Subjects include how to love God, others, family, and self, leading wisely, maintaining boundaries, and developing relationships and routines that will sustain and strengthen the minister.

The risk of loss and the likelihood of that loss are a reality of project management. A vital part of project management is mitigating risk. One set of authors, (DeMarco and Lister, 2003) state that, "If a project has no risks, then don't do it." This course addresses the need for project managers to understand and apply methods of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and monitoring the risk associated with various stages of the project life cycle. This course will focus on the PMI process of risk management, including risk management planning; identifying risks; qualitative risk analysis; quantitative risk analysis; risk response planning; and monitoring and control of risk responses. Other risk management methods will also be discussed.

This course provides a framework for the systematic approach to risk management and discusses project risk in the context of the project management process as a whole. Students in this class will learn to mitigate the risk of project loss by understanding the overall project planning process, using key ideas for project risk planning, and practicing the employment of high-level risk assessment tools.

The risk of loss and the likelihood of that loss are a reality of project management. A vital part of project management is mitigating risk. One set of authors, (DeMarco and Lister, 2003) state that, "If a project has no risks, then don't do it." This course addresses the need for project managers to understand and apply methods of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and monitoring the risk associated with various stages of the project life cycle. This course will focus on the PMI process of risk management, including risk management planning; identifying risks; qualitative risk analysis; quantitative risk analysis; risk response planning; and monitoring and control of risk responses. Other risk management methods will also be discussed.

This course provides a framework for the systematic approach to risk management and discusses project risk in the context of the project management process as a whole. Students in this class will learn to mitigate the risk of project loss by understanding the overall project planning process, using key ideas for project risk planning, and practicing the employment of high-level risk assessment tools.