Spring 2017 - 61135 - PA325 - Topics in Policy
Advanced Seminar in Ethical Leadership
The purpose of this course is to help you acquire knowledge about leadership so you can lead and follow more effectively and ethically. It will also help you continue the journey of self-discovery, a journey that lasts a lifetime if you choose to lead. My intent is that you will learn new ideas about leadership, strengthen important leadership skills, and discover your hidden potential for leadership. I also want you to learn the value of good followership and its importance in the complicated interaction between leaders and followers. You will have many more opportunities to be a follower than a leader, especially early in your life. I believe you will enjoy the follower role much more and be able to contribute much more effectively if you understand the important role that good followers play in any leadership process. I also want you to acquire greater sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of leadership. Learning to recognize the importance of questions of purpose and to understand leadership as a form of service to others is an important insight and a balance to one’s personal ambitions. You will also learn how to recognize bad leaders and what to do, or not to do, as an exemplary follower. This course carries the UT Ethics and Leadership flag and the UT Writing flag so you may satisfy two flag requirements by successfully completing this course. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the next Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference, which is a course requirement, during February 23-25, 2017 in Austin.