“This is an era in which the demand for leadership greatly exceeds the supply.” --Ram Charan
The masters in organizational leadership program adheres to the guidelines established by the International Leadership Association (ILA) for leadership education programs and incorporates the best practices of the Center for Creative Leadership and the Harvard Business School. Pragmatic by design, the MOL program aims to meet the needs of working professionals without interrupting their careers. We deliver courses in the evenings incorporating traditional, accelerated, and online delivery formats.
The three general thematic areas of knowing, doing, and being inform the curriculum and the delivery format. Knowledge refers to the depth and breadth of theory and evidence-based research required for students to successfully evolve their understanding of leadership. Doing applies to the skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics essential to the practice of leadership and requires action, feedback, and reflection for improved leadership performance. Being underscores the ethical and values-based component of leadership that is developed and enhanced through quality time for intentional reflection, contemplation, and dialogue.
Semester #1: Fall
MOL 510: Social Theory (3cr)
MOL 520: Leadership Development I (Mod 1) (3cr)
MOL 530: Critical Thinking (Mod 2) (3cr)
Total Credits: 9
Semester #2: Spring
MOL 540: Leadership Theory (3cr)
MOL 550: Research Methods (3cr)
Total Credits: 6
Semester #3: Summer
MOL 560: Foundational Leadership Literature (Online) (3cr)
MOL 570: Followership, Groups & Teams (Mod 5) (3cr)
MOL 610: Leadership Development II (Mod 6) (3cr)
Total Credits: 9
Semester #4: Fall
MOL 620: Organization Theory (3cr)
MOL 630: Organizational Change (3cr)
Total Credits: 6
Semester #5: Spring
COR 520: Ethics & Moral Leadership (3cr)
MOL 640: Organizational Leadership Applications (3cr)
Total Credits: 6
Total Program Credits: 36
Traditional Course: 14/15 week session that meets one night per week
Mod Course: 7/8 week session that meets one night per week
Online Course: 11 week session
Course examines the foundations, applications, and limitations of classical and contemporary social theory. The utility of social theory as a tool for orienting ones thinking and for understanding the complexity involved in organizational dynamics is emphasized. The ability to comprehend and apply social theory and related methodological techniques to problems as a way to emerge different underlying processes, systems, and forces, as opposed to focusing on mere symptoms, is a critical first step for developing robust solutions.
Course focuses on the knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics (KSAOs) and behaviors, supported by theory and/or evidence-based research, required of leaders and followers to positively affect the leadership process at the individual contributor level. Students are required to analyze personal 360 degree assessments and work performance appraisals, develop individual Leadership Development Plans, and formulate a coaching/mentoring team charter. Particular emphasis is placed on introducing, practicing, and applying the KSAOs and behaviors related to areas such as: developing positive relationships with peers and superiors; developing opportunities and situations to receive feedback; developing credibility; listening; speaking; goal setting; positively contributing to discussions, meetings, and/or dialogue; and assertiveness.
Course introduces and examines the concepts and models of critical thinking. Tools, templates, skills, and standards required for cogent thought, reasoning, and problem solving are examined and developed.
Course examines leadership theory and the foundational works of the discipline. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of leadership theory in pragmatic organizational situations.
Course examines quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and the related paradigms, strategies of inquiry, and research methods in the social sciences. The role of theory in research is emphasized as is the ability to understand and evaluate the strength of research designs.
Course introduces and examines select works from the leadership canon that are classics, which are separated into three general themes: 1) About Leadership; 2) Literature as Leadership; and 3) Leaders in Action. Emphasis is placed on intentional reflection and contemplation as students evaluate their personal styles and approaches as leaders and followers, with a particular focus on ethics, power, authority, and influence.
Course examines the theories, models, and works related to followership and explores the theories and evidence-based research related to group and team dynamics. Special attention is given to theory, evidence-based research, models, and skills related to motivation.
Course focuses on the knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics (KSAOs) and behaviors, supported by theory and/or evidence-based research, required of leaders and followers to positively affect the leadership process at the group level. Students are required to assess progress made on their individual Leadership Development Plans and to collate and analyze feedback received from the members of their coaching/mentoring team. Particular emphasis is placed on introducing, practicing, and applying the KSAOs and behaviors related to areas such as: providing feedback; delegating; managing conflict; conducting meetings; managing expectations; empowerment; coaching, mentoring, and development, including performance management; and developing a positive group climate.
Course examines the foundations, applications, and limitations of classical and contemporary organization theory. The utility of organization theory as a tool for orienting ones thinking and for understanding the complexity involved in organizational dynamics is emphasized. The ability to comprehend and apply organization theory to problems as a way to emerge different underlying processes, systems, and forces, as opposed to focusing on mere symptoms, is a critical first step for developing robust solutions.
Course examines the different models, frameworks, and theories that address the challenges of the change process and help orient one to the complexity of change by exploring variables at the micro, meso, and macro units of analysis.
A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.
The capstone course synthesizes the knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics and behaviors that were presented throughout the MOL program and examines the leadership process at the enterprise level. Course requires the completion of the capstone project, a second 360 degree assessment, a review of individual leadership development plans, coaching/mentor team feedback, and a leadership essay.
The organizational leadership program emphasizes leadership practice and development and centers on practical application. The curriculum includes unique features that give our students an invaluable and high-impact educational experience. The MOL program also provides our students with the academic skills and theoretical foundation to pursue the scholarship of leadership at the doctoral level.
The cohort model allows a group of professionals to develop the personal relationships essential for a trusting and honest learning environment. The engaging and dynamic learning environment is critical for the support, advice, and feedback necessary to develop as leaders.
The Coaching/Mentoring Teams are comprised of four to six students assigned by the MOL faculty. The teams remain together for the duration of the program and work together on team projects assigned in different courses. Each team member throughout the program holds leadership and followership roles and at the end of each project/assignment they receive formal written assessments from their group members related to their skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics.
During the first semester in the Leadership Development Course I each student conducts a 360 degree assessment, develops a leadership development plan, and reviews job related performance appraisals. The Leadership Development Course II, offered at the end of the third semester, requires students to review and update/revise their leadership development plan. In the last semester of the MOL program students conduct their second 360 degree assessment, evaluate the progress made relative to their leadership development plans, and receive a developmental progress report from each member of their Coaching/Mentoring Team.
The application of theory and evidence-based research to practical organizational opportunities and/or problems is incorporated throughout the program. MOL students use work related opportunities and/or problems as cases for their mini-projects. The capstone project is completed in the last semester of study and affords students the opportunity to produce a strategic initiative for their respective organizations.