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COM 381: COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Description
This course provides an introduction to the study and practice of leadership from a entrepreneurial and communication perspective. Course activities will cover, 1) the basic concepts essential to personal skills development and organizational leadership behavior, 2) the theory component, and 3) the practical process of leadership and entrepreneurship. The course is designed to introduce students to leadership perspectives and the role communication plays in effective leadership and entrepreneurial strategies. The course explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. Topics include power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles, and situations, innovation strategies, organizational dynamics, creative problem solving, and current models of leadership. The different leadership challenges posed by different group and organizational types will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes
• Students will demonstrate knowledge of leadership concepts and theories.
• Students will transfer understanding of course concepts and theories to other settings through description, analysis, and evaluation.
• Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills as observers of contemporary leaders and popular leadership theories.
• Students will analyze their personal leadership styles and develop leadership communication skills.
• Students will understand the importance of becoming effective team leaders and followers.

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