- prepare for class by completing the readings and assignments
- share information and answers to questions that you feel would be valuable for your other classmates to hear
- ask questions that are of interest to you and that you believe might also be of interest or service to your classmates
- show respect for your classmates and your professor by listening to what they have to say
- avoid asking questions that are already addressed on the syllabus or that relate to your particular standing in the class (I welcome such questions before and after class, in office hours, or over email)
Weekly Journals (30%)Each week students will write a journal that captures that week's activity. Journals should include a summary of what is discussed in class, answers to the questions and surveys posted on the weekly assignments, and updates on the check-ins with their "leadership workout partners" (see below).
Each week students will turn in a link to their journal entry on the designated folder on Blackboard under Tools: Journals: Weekly Journal Entry X.
The journal will be organized according to the date and time of each study activity (including in-class activity). Under these date/time headings you should record a summary of your study activity as well as the answers to the questions that are posed on the course schedule. Journals that earn an A are typically in the 7-minute range (Note that Medium measures entries based on how long it takes to read them. This piece, for example, takes an estimated 21 minutes.) Journal entries that are well-written and longer than seven minutes are eligible for extra credit.
Weekly check-ins with your "leadership workout partners"
Just as it is helpful to have workout partners to help us stay motivated, give us encouragement, and provide guidance on how to improve, in this course everyone will have at least two "leadership workout partners." You will meet with your workout partners once per week (in person or over the phone). In your weekly journal updates you will provide a summary of your check-in.
In your group you will tackle the following questions:
(1) Which leadership behaviors have you performed better or more frequently this week? Explain your answer.
(2) Which behaviors did you intend to perform but were unable? Explain your answer.
(3) Which behaviors do you plan to work on in the coming weeks? Why do these behaviors seem important to you?
Here is a list of leadership behaviors you might discuss (though feel free to identify some additional leadership behaviors that you feel are important, especially those tied to what we study in the class):
speaking up about a problem facing your organization/community
calling out bad behavior or ignorance in others
developing a solution to a problem facing your community
finding a mentor
being a mentor
encouraging others and honor/praise their good behavior
modeling and displaying good behavior (presence)
adapting behavior based on what the situation calls for
cultivating empathy and avoiding dehumanization
giving someone something they need
giving someone advice on what to do or how to be
networking with others to form partnerships
other leadership behaviors (please specify)