Minor Leadership and Communication

Coordinated by: Michael Hanson




To be confirmed


Reading: Steve's Primer of Practical Persuasion and Influence (Chapters 1-4)


About this minor


This course aims to provide you with a global view of leadership in the 21st Century. The “Paradigm” of leadership has changed dramatically in the 21st century, due to globalization, innovation and digitalization. Students will examine the role of leadership from the Global Leadership Point of View. We will use the “Diamond in the Rough” model of leadership to determine how leaders can be more effective. We will explore how and why leadership has changed in recent years, as well as conceptually challenging the leader’s role regarding: the environment, strategy, influencing others, gaining organizational commitment from followers, change management, as well as organizational design and culture.
This course will give specific attention to how leaders communicate effectively when speaking to groups, teams, and with individuals. In class we will practice both public speaking and interpersonal communication through practical application.
In addition, this course explores the role of cultural diversity in global leadership, as well as reflecting on how leaders can use and understand differences between individuals and cultures for strategic advantage.

Session 1: Introduction to Global Leadership and Dynamic Teams

  • “The Global Leadership Point of View”

  • The Diamond Model of Leadership in Organizations

  • Managing Energy: Yours and Others (foundation Material 21st Century Leadership)

  • LPV: Seeing, Understanding and Taking Action

Session 2 - The Changing Context of Global Leadership

  • The Changing Paradigm of Global Leadership: “How has leadership changed and Why does it matter?” - A short history of leadership models and theory: From Aristocracy to Bureaucracy and now Infocracy (Globalization, Innovation, Digitalization)

  • The Key Elements of Leadership (Developing Influence, Strategic Planning, Designing, Managing Change). Leadership outcomes/results: Profits, Customer Satisfaction, Operational Efficiency, Learning

  • The major Leadership theories throughout history

Session 3 - The Global Business Leader
Case: An American in Paris

  • Cultures and VABES

  • Differences in management amongst cultures

  • Overseas Experience

  • Group Case Analysis in Teams

Session 4 – Online Case Analysis in Groups (represents 30% of total course grade)

Session 5: Leadership within Different Organizational Cultures
Creation of multi-cultural teams at the beginning of the course (Students will be in teams for the presentation and the team case analysis which takes place in the next session).

What type of Followers are needed for each Organizational Culture? What type of Leader is needed for each culture?

  • Organizational Culture and Assessment Instrument (to be done in class). Organizational Culture Model, Using the Competing Values Framework Model.
  • The Clan Culture: Interpersonal Relations, Teams, Personnel Development
  • The Adhocracy Culture: Innovation, the Future, Continuous Improvement
  • The Market Culture: Energizing Employees, the Competition, Customer Satisfaction
  • The Hierarchy Culture: Coordination, the Control System, Acculturation
  • If time: Teamwork for Presentation

Session 6 – Online Group Presentations

Groups will be organized in Session 1 with your TD group instructor. Your international Team will present an 10 minute and 4 second presentation on a specific leadership topic online the final day of class for your TD group. The evaluation grid can be found in common resources on the K2 site.

Session 7 – Power, Influence, and Motivation

  • Power and Influence
    The Science of Influence and Persuasion (Steve Primer Reading, special emphasis on the Heuristic Cues, in chapters 1- 4)
  • Motivation: Theories and Practice
  • Vision, Participation, Collaboration and clear Business Objectives in Dynamic Teams

Session 8 – Leadership: Interpersonal Skills and Active Listening
  • Presentation of Active Listening Skills
  • Three-way Active Listening Simulation
  • Michael Hanson, SKEMA Business school

  • Steve's Primer of Practical Persuasion and Influence (Chapters 1-4)

Students will be evaluated on:

  • Group Presentations (30% of overall grade):

Groups will be organized in Session 1 with your TD group instructor. Your international Team will present 10 minute and 4 second presentation on a specific leadership topic during the 4th Session, which is online, in your TD group. The evaluation grid can be found in common resources on the K2 site. Presentations will take place during Session 6, which takes place online.

  • Group Case Evaluation (30% of overall grade)

Students will be given a case to read a week before the 4th session, which is online. You will find the case in common resources on the K2 site. After an introduction by the professor, your group will have about 2h30 minutes finish a two-three page case analysis. You will upload your completed case on the K2 website. A deduction of 10% of the grade will be imposed for each 15-minute delay.

  • Individual Final Exam (40% of overall grade)

Students will have an individual final exam that will be based on all topics covered during the course. The exam especially deal with all the information covered in the PowerPoint slides and information covered in class and required readings and videos. The PPT’s and Required Readings and assignments can be found in Common Resources on the K2 for this course.
The final exam will be a multiple-choice exam. There is only one correct answer per question. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so if you do not know the answer, then make your best guess.


This minor is not open this semester