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MGT 840 Leadership and Team Management


Course Description

Develop your leadership and team development abilities through evidence-based management, readings, and laboratory application.

Course Objectives

  • Exhibit effective leader behaviors
  • Act in ways that are perceived as effective and fair by others
  • Enhance other people's motivation via intrinsic and extrinsic incentives
  • Facilitate successful organizational change efforts

Week 1


Topic: Leadership & Evidence-Based Management
Lecture: Leadership as a Social Process

Outcomes

  • Define leadership
  • Explain the role that understanding followers plays in effective leadership
  • Identify the way in which performance and behaviors of others influence the evaluation of leaders
  • Describe the levels of leadership in a social context
Lecture: Leading vs. Managing

Outcomes

  • Distinguish between the qualities of leadership and the qualities of management
  • Compare and contrast the traditional and contemporary views of leadership and management
Lecture: Introduction to Evidence-Based Management

Outcomes

  • Define evidence-based management
  • Discuss obstacles to being evidence-based
  • Identify differences between experimental and non-experimental research
Lecture: How Leader Emergence Occurs

Outcomes

  • Describe implicit leadership theories
  • Identify the attributes associated with effective leadership
  • Compare two distinct processes through which people are perceived to be effective leaders
Lecture: Research on Implicit Leadership Theory

Outcomes

  • Explain how evidence supports the fact that
    • Certain attributes predict success
    • Leadership is associated with specific attributes
    • Leader prototypes influence followers
Lecture: Sources of Power

Outcomes

  • Describe the different types of power
  • Discuss the guidelines for effectively exercising power
  • Distinguish between position and person power
Lecture: Power and Social Influence

Outcomes

  • Describe the unique effects of different types of power
  • Identify and categorize commonly used influence tactics
  • Explain the relative effectiveness of different influence tactics

Week 2


Topic: Employee Motivation
Lecture: Human Needs and Intrinsic Motivation

Outcomes

  • Identify and describe different types of human needs and explain how each influences motivation
  • Defend the importance of psychological needs to intrinsic motivation
Lecture: Need for Autonomy

Outcomes

  • Define the need for autonomy
  • Identify the effects of autonomy on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
  • Describe how employees respond when perceived control is lost
Lecture: Satisfying Autonomy

Outcomes

  • Describe how perceptions of control predict employee well-being and performance
  • Describe how autonomy-supportive management can predict employee well-being and performance
  • Identify tips for satisfying employees’ need for autonomy
Lecture: Need for Competence

Outcomes

  • Define the need for competence
  • Compare the characteristics of high vs. low achievement employees
  • Identify tips for satisfying employees' need for competence
Lecture: Goal Orientation

Outcomes

  • Describe goal orientation
  • Compare learning, performance-prove, and performance-avoid goal orientations
  • Identify the benefits of learning goal orientation
Lecture: Need for Relatedness

Outcomes

  • Define the need for relatedness
  • Distinguish between intimacy and affiliation motives
  • Identify tips for satisfying employees’ need for relatedness
Lecture: Importance of Leader-Follower Relations

Outcomes

  • Discuss the different types of relationships that can develop between a leader and follower
  • Identify the antecedents and consequences of high-quality leader-member exchange (LMX)
  • Describe how LMX training improves followers’ attitudes and performance
Lecture: Importance of Person-Environment Fit

Outcomes

  • Describe person-environment fit
  • Compare supplementary and complementary fit
  • Distinguish between different types, foci, and targets of fit
  • Explain the importance of person-environment fit

Week 3


Topic: Creating Enriched & Fair Workplaces
Lecture: Motivating via Job Design

Outcomes

  • Identify the different purposes of job design
  • Describe the origins of motivational job design
  • Define the five essential characteristics specified by job characteristic theory
Lecture: Evidence for Job Design

Outcomes

  • Identify symptoms of jobs in need of enrichment
  • Explain the effects of job enrichment on employee motivation and performance
  • Describe ways to enhance job characteristics
Lecture: Ensuring Outcome Fairness

Outcomes

  • Describe organizational fairness
  • Describe equity theory as it relates to outcome fairness
  • Describe ways that employees resolve inequitable input-outcome ratios
  • Identify different allocation norms
  • Describe individual differences in equity sensitivity
Lecture: Evidence for Outcome Fairness

Outcomes

  • Present experimental evidence in support of equity theory
  • Present evidence showing relationships of outcome fairness with critical employee behavior and attitudes
  • Discuss the prevalence of unfair and unfavorable outcomes in work settings
Lecture: Ensuring Procedural Fairness

Outcomes

  • Define what procedural fairness is and the criteria that comprise it
  • Recognize the importance of voice
  • Describe the "fair process effect"
  • Describe the relational information that is inferred from procedures
Lecture: Evidence in Support of Procedural Fairness

Outcomes

  • Present experimental evidence in support of procedural fairness
  • Present evidence showing that fairness information activates group-oriented identities and behavior
  • Present evidence showing relationships of procedural fairness with critical employee behavior and attitudes
Lecture: Ensuring Interactional Fairness

Outcomes

  • Define what interactional fairness is
  • Distinguish between interpersonal and informational fairness
  • Describe the "fair treatment effect"
  • Identify the moral and ethical ramifications of unfair interpersonal treatment
Lecture: Evidence for Interactional Fairness

Outcomes

  • Review experimental evidence in support of interactional fairness
  • Review interpersonal and informational fairness as low-cost methods for increasing desired behavior and reducing deviant behavior
  • Review evidence showing relationships of interactional fairness with critical employee behavior and attitudes

Week 4


Topic: Basic Leadership Behavior
Lecture: Being a Directive Leader

Outcomes

  • Define directive leader behavior
  • Describe specific examples of directive behavior
  • Assess your directive leader behavior via the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ)
Lecture: Evidence for Directive Leadership

Outcomes

  • Describe empirical research involving directive leader behavior
  • Summarize relationships of directive leader behavior with attitudinal and performance outcomes
  • Identify how directive leader behavior is effective
Lecture: Setting Goals

Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of goals for achieving optimal performance levels
  • Describe the key attributes of effective goals
  • Summarize empirical evidence in support of goal-setting theory
  • Identify reasons why goals are effective
Lecture: Feedback that Motivates

Outcomes

  • Describe how feedback can both help and harm performance
  • Identify behaviors that require change
  • Discuss tips for generating and communicating solutions for behavioral problems
  • Distinguish between discrepancy and progress rate feedback
Lecture: Being a Supportive Leader

Outcomes

  • Define supportive leader behavior
  • Identify specific examples of supportive behavior
  • Assess your supportive leader behavior via the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ)
Lecture: Evidence for Supportive Leader Behavior

Outcomes

  • Describe empirical research involving supportive leader behavior
  • Summarize relationships of supportive leader behavior with attitudinal and performance outcomes
  • Identify why supportive leader behavior is effective
Lecture: Being a Transactional Leader

Outcomes

  • Define transactional leader behavior
  • Assess your transactional leader behavior
  • Summarize relationships of transactional leader behavior with attitudinal and performance outcomes
Lecture: Rewarding and Punishing Followers

Outcomes

  • Identify unintended consequences when rewarding or punishing
  • Describe the characteristics of effective reward and punishment behavior

Week 5


Topic: Exemplary Leadership Behavior
Lecture: Being a Transformational Leader

Outcomes

  • Define transformational leader behavior
  • Identify specific examples of transformational behavior
  • Assess your transformational leader behavior
  • Explain why transformational leader behavior is effective
Lecture: Evidence for Transformational Leader Behavior

Outcomes

  • Describe the primary outcomes of transformational leader behavior
  • Defend that transformational leader behavior relates to follower attitudes and performance
Lecture: Being Charismatic via Emotional Contagion

Outcomes

  • Explain the structure and function of emotions
  • Describe the consequences of emotions in work settings
  • Summarize the process of emotional contagion
Lecture: Managing Your Emotions

Outcomes

  • Describe two empirical studies that examined emotional contagion from leaders
  • Explain the role of display rules and emotional labor in work settings
  • Identify effective and ineffective emotion regulation strategies
Lecture: Being Charismatic in Communication

Outcomes

  • Identify the attributes of charismatic speech
  • Present empirical evidence in support of the attributes of charismatic speech
  • Present empirical evidence in support of the effects of charismatic speech
Lecture: Importance of Expressing Confidence in Your Followers

Outcomes

  • Define self-efficacy
  • Discuss the consequences of self-efficacy
  • Describe effective ways to enhance other people’s self-efficacy
  • Review evidence that transformational leadership enhances followers’ self-efficacy
Lecture: Importance of Activating Followers' Group Identities

Outcomes

  • Define identity and its three levels
  • Review empirical research demonstrating that transformational leadership affects subordinates’ identity levels
  • Review empirical research concerning relations of identity with important work outcomes
Lecture: Managing Resistance to Change

Outcomes

  • Introduce Lewin’s phase model of organizational change
  • Discuss resistance to change as a continuum
  • Describe reasons why employees resist change
Lecture: Planning for Change

Outcomes

  • Illustrate the importance of diagnosis for successful change
  • Identify best practices for developing an action plan
  • Describe how to increase employee commitment to change
Lecture: Leading the Change Process

Outcomes

  • Review guidelines for implementing change
  • Discuss the importance of evaluating change
  • Describe issues associated with institutionalizing change

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. May 2015