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LEAD Core Course Descriptions

Current Special Topic Courses


Current Listing of courses:

LEAD Fall 2018 Schedule

LEAD J-Term 2019 Schedule

LEAD Spring 2019 Schedule


This course provides an introduction to leadership and the interdisciplinary concentration in Leadership Education and Development (LEAD). The course is open to all students including those enrolled or considering enrolling in the concentration. General topics include the definition and basic tenets of leadership, how leadership differs from management and power wielding, and the traits/characteristics of leaders and followers including credibility and integrity. Students will read classic works in leadership and create action plans for leadership engagement and development.

This course elevates student awareness of the theoretical foundations of leadership as well as the skills, values, attitudes and emotions that motivate leaders to take action. Topics include an historical perspective of leadership, the study of a great leader, the Social Change Model for Student Leadership Development, ethical awareness, decision making, power, influence, credibility, integrity, values formation, and system thinking. A major leadership model such as Emotional Intelligence, The Workplace Big Five, Situational Leadership or others will be included in the course. Several assessments will be employed for students to gain awareness of their strengths and areas of development with action planning as an important part of the class. Students will be introduced to the development of their personalized Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP) used throughout the concentration. Students select a leadership mentor to work with during this class. Prerequisite: LEAD 001.

This is an experiential (non-classroom) course requiring students to be actively engaged in a significant campus or community area of involvement (team, committee, club, etc.). This involvement could be through academic or co-curricular activities. Students will gain awareness of the mission, vision and values of the activity as well as take part on a project while documenting their expriences in their Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP). Students will meet with their leadership mentor during the experience and develop a written project description or contract and analysis plan. This class can be taken concurrently with LEAD 050 or after completion of LEAD 050.

LEAD 100 - LEADERSHIP: INFLUENCE and CHANGE, 3 credit hrs.
This macro-level leadership course focuses on the leadership of teams, organizations and community. The first part of the course examines issues related to the leadership of teams - building effective teams, conflict management, team role structures, and creating team viability. The second part of the course examines issues related to the leadership of organizations and community - building a shared vision, building a leadership culture, championing organizational change, and the political realities of leading. The major objective of the course is to aid students with (a) becoming effective and ethical leaders, and (b) integrating and applying knowledge and experiences from prior course- work on their path to leadership development. All course experiences will culminate in a class project - a realistic organizational simulation where students will create a new team-based organization. Prerequisite: LEAD 050.  Fulfills Engaged Citizen AOI requirement.

LEAD 110 - LEADERSHIP AT SEA, 3 credit hrs.
Leadership At Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship. The course features sailing in the Bahamas aboard the tall mast schooner Liberty Clipper. The goal of the course is to elevate the students’ ability to form and work in teams, apply leadership skills in a new environment, learn to sail, and experience life at sea. The course will begin with campus-based instruction on team building, communication, conflict management, the technical aspects of sailing and the history and culture of Nassau and the Bahamas. This will be followed by five days in Nassau that include the following: 1. Meeting with officials at the American Embassy and Bahamian Government, 2.Meeting with faculty and students at the College of the Bahamas, 3. Participating in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas (run or staff water stations), 4. Completing an historical tour of Nassau, 5. Touring a major cruise liner and meeting with officers.

LEAD 120 - MANY WOMEN, MANY LEADERS, 3 credit hrs.
This course will provide students a chance to study leadership and qualities of leadership as they pertain to a diverse array of women leaders. We will focus on three specific facets to develop an astute understanding and analysis of women's leadership: leadership theories, historical examples of women's leadership, and a contemporary perspective on what women's leadership roles look like today and the challenges women face in realizing these roles. In all of our work, we will pay close attention to issues of race, class, and privilege, and the different ways these social realities impact the ability of women to lead effectively within society along with the creative ways women respond to them. No pre-requisites required.  Fulfills Global and Cultural Understanding AOI.

LEAD 169 - INTERNSHIP, 1-3 credit hrs.
The internship experience in LEAD is intended to elevate the student’s understanding of leading a domain as they complete a significant work project. LEAD interns spend time interviewing and shadowing leaders as well as attending high-level meetings to learn about how mission, vision and strategic intent are implemented within a defined corporate area. Most LEAD internships have followed either a credit internship within one’s major or work at the company. It is expected that LEAD Internships and Intern Supervisors will provide a high level work experience that challenges the student to learn about the work and leadership needed for organizational success. Internships are almost always three credit hours with a work to credit ratio of 40-50 contact hours per academic credit hour. Prerequisite: LEAD 100


This is the capstone leadership experience in the Concentration in Leadership Education and Development (LEAD). Students will be actively engaged in an action oriented, service learning project to create a meaningful change with the goal to create a better community for oneself and others. The student(s) will team with a community partner in a profit or not-for-profit organization to define and implement a change initiative. The student(s) and faculty will meet weekly on-campus or via Skype to discuss the experiences and learning occurring during the practicum as it unfolds. The student will complete assignments and the experience will be documented in a reflective Leadership Development Journal (LDJ). The LDJ is an on-line, interactive reflective journal that the students will complete during the experience with reaction and interaction with the faculty member teaching the class. This course requires the student(s) to reflect upon and put into practice what they have learned by integrating the program each fall and/or spring term for students to present their experiences and learning. This will be attended by Concentration students, faculty and interested parties.

LEAD 198 - LEADERSHIP IND STUDY, 1-3 credit hrs.

LEAD 199 - SPECIAL TOPICS, 1-3 credit hrs.


Current Special Topic Courses

LEAD 199 - #MeToo: Advancing Grassroots Social Change (one credit hour)

Discover the processes, language and skills needed to create meaningful grassroots social change. This class will examine grassroots historical movements such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and contemporary social change movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo to understand how social movements are created and sustained. The intention is to provide students awareness and how such change is created and advocacy for creating a change they would like to see at Drake or in the Des Moines community. The class will conclude with students creating a blueprint for a change they believe is needed and timely. No prerequisite and open to all Drake students. Ms. Terry Hernandez, Executive Director and Ms. Brookes Findley, Director of Community Initiatives and Investments of the Chrysalis will teach the class.

LEAD 199 - Conflict with Civility (one credit hour)

This highly interactive course will provide you foundational knowledge and practical tools to approach and handle the difficult aspects of conflict. Areas to be covered are effective listening, dialogue versus debate, conflict management styles and constructive communication. Through this course students will learn to identify sources of conflict, understand the benefits of handling conflict and will acquire and practice a language of leadership for working through conflict. No prerequisite and open to all Drake students.

LEAD 199 - In the Pursuit of Happiness: Exploring the Roots of a Happy and Meaningful Life (Offered Online for one credit hour)

Students will engage online with the most provocative and practical lessons on the art and science of happiness. This online class will utilize materials from the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Students will gain practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing their own happiness, including weekly activities that foster social and emotional wellbeing. This will enable students to observe and measure their own happiness along the way. An opening one-hour orientation session and a closing one-hour evaluation session will be the only traditional class sessions used in the class. Online class will begin week of September 4-7. No perquisite and open to all Drake students.

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