Week 1: Introduction to Leadership
Nature versus nurture. Environment versus heredity. These differing perspectives are debated across many disciplines within psychology. When studying abnormal psychology, you consider whether disorders are based in genetics or the environment. When studying theories of personality, you contemplate whether certain traits are present at birth or develop over time. In your current study of the psychology of leadership, you also debate these views. Is the potential to become a leader present at birth, or does a potential leader acquire and develop leadership characteristics over time? This week, you consider your own perspective about determinants of leadership. Also, you investigate leadership theories and delve into how they are alike and different. This first week provides the foundation for your continuing exploration of the psychology of leadership throughout this course.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Evaluate the determinants of leadership
Analyze similarities and differences among leadership theories
Identify and apply concepts related to leadership, leadership theories, and determinants of leadership
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week's assignments.
Review Course Preview and read Course Introduction (located in the left navigation bar)
Course Text:Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015).The art of leadership (5th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Article: Garic, D. (2006). Are leaders born or made? Supervision, 67(12), 19–2 0.Chapter 1, "The Importance of Leadership: Setting the Stage"
Chapter 2, "The Leadership Equation"