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Stephen Keith
N SCI 411
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Naval Leadership

Introduction of the theory and techniques of naval leadership based on those principles of behavioral science that are pertinent to understanding individual and group behavior of adults. Introduces the management process and the relationship of management functions to leadership. Stresses acceptance of a traditional deep sense of moral responsibility on the part of the aspiring leader. Offered: A.

Class description

This is the first of two leadership courses that provide an academic foundation for the personal leadership development of NROTC members prior to being commissioned as junior officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. It is based on the premise that leadership is not innate, but can be developed, and that rigorous study of the subject in an interactive class environment can assist individuals in their lifelong development as leaders.

Our principal text is Leadership and Management, and while many management principles will be discussed, we will focus on improving our understanding of leadership. Although the terms leadership and management are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. It is sometimes difficult to clearly distinguish between the two, but in the simplest terms management may be best described as science and leadership as art. We will explore the validity of this descriptive distinction throughout the course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course stresses active learning processes, such as collaboration, experiential exercises, reflective writing and group discussion. We will examine leadership in the context of dynamic interactions involving leaders, followers and situations. The text includes classic readings by prominent thinkers from numerous academic disciplines, as well as thoughts from great military leaders. We will supplement the main text with readings in Naval Leadership: Voices of Experience and handouts. Case study discussions are sequenced throughout the course.

Recommended preparation

There are no specific prerequisites, but N Sci 411 does build on concepts discussed in previous Naval Science courses and on principles practiced in the NROTC Battalion and in the Fleet. N Sci 411 and its follow-on course, N Sci 412, are open to the University community and benefit greatly from the contributions of their non-NROTC participants.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Stephen Keith
Date: 07/13/2005