The leadership concentration is designed for students who are interested in leadership roles in businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, family firms, not for profits, or government.

Effective leadership requires a basic understanding of the role and impact of the leader, how the leader adds value to organizations and society, and how to lead in specific contexts. Effective leadership also requires something more.

Leadership is very personal. The leader’s core competencies must include his or her ability to communicate, to inspire others, to lead an ethical decision making process toward ethical outcomes, to lead in a diverse world, to influence others, and negotiate with others. The leader must be able to build effective teams for the purposes of making decisions and executing those decisions. The leader must consider the values that drive her or his decisions.

This concentration is built around the core course, MOB 3512, Leadership, which focuses on the person of the leader and the tasks of leadership. Students then choose two or three related courses from management. These courses will help the student build a leadership tool kit for the future. Students also have the option of taking one course from a list of related offerings from other fields that will allow the student to explore different applications and perspectives on leadership.

This list of related offerings includes courses from Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and History and Society. In addition to standing on its own, the Leadership concentration also supports concentrations in the full range of business disciplines. Each student interested in the Leadership concentration will ideally set up a specific plan that meets his or her needs.

The best way to get started in that process is to contact Professor James Hunt, x5724, Chair of the Management Division, to arrange a meeting to discuss the Leadership concentration in more detail.

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Faculty Contact: James Hunt

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty with questions.

Required Courses  

A) Required Course: MOB 3512 Leadership AND Courses from which Students Must Choose a Minimum Distribution.

B) At least two of the remaining three courses for the concentration must be chosen from the following:

  • HIS 3610 Moral Leadership in Countries and Companies (2 credits)
  • MOB 3514 Managing the High-Performing Organization 
  • MOB 3515 Human Resource Management 
  • MOB 3580 Negotiations
  • MOB 3582 Global Management Communications  
  • MOB 4572 Management Consulting 
  • MOB 3525 Management Communications

C) One course for the Leadership concentration can be chosen from the following list of leadership related offerings. Leadership is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. The following courses provide students an opportunity to explore leadership related topics in a variety of contexts and from a variety of perspectives.

Strategy Courses

One of the most important duties of the leader is to analyze the organization or team’s challenges and environment, make decisions about the organization’s direction and then guide the execution of those decisions. Those with an interest in the linkages between leadership and strategy would benefit from:

  • MOB 3535 Strategy Execution 
  • MOB 4510 Strategic Decision Making 
  • MOB 3560 Global Strategy Management 

Consulting and Field-Based Learning Courses

The development of leadership effectiveness requires both conceptual understanding that can be gained in the classroom and the opportunity to learn through experience. In addition, many of those interested in the leadership concentration may be interested in pursing careers in consulting as well. A management consulting field experience could serve both of these goals.

Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) Marketing Courses

Leadership skills are required for the effective management of the marketing function of the organization. The following course will be of interest to students who anticipate taking a leadership role in the marketing function.

  • MKT 4505 Marketing Management

Courses in Ethics

Leaders safeguard and promote ethical conduct in organizations. In addition to Ethical Management Decision Making, MOB3530 a foundational course in ethics, the following is appropriate to the leadership concentration:

  • HIS 3610 Moral Leadership in Countries and Companies (2 credits)

Courses in Entrepreneurship and Family Business Leadership

Leadership skills are required for every entrepreneur. Those who are interested in an in-depth study of leadership and who are looking ahead to careers in family firms would benefit from the following:

  • EPS 3515 Entrepreneurship: The Key to Success in the Family Business Enterprise
  • EPS 3545 Family as Entrepreneur

Those planning leadership careers in entrepreneurial organizations would benefit from:

  • EPS 3520 Managing the Growing Business  

Those interested in leadership positions in entrepreneurial not for profit firms would benefit from:

  • EPS 3525 Social Enterprise Management

Courses in History and Society

There is a growing interest in the impact of gender and ethnicity on leadership style and effectiveness. Those interested in this topic would benefit from:

  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies 
  • POL 3677 The American Presidency

Political action and analysis is frequently critical to leadership effectiveness. In addition, some students who are interested in leadership may be interested in a political career. Those with such interests would benefit from:

  • POL 3675 Justice Revenge and Defeat