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Dorothy C. Bullitt
PB AF 503
Seattle Campus

Executive Leadership

Nature of executive life in the public sector, the function of leadership in implementing, making, and changing policy. Leadership styles, the relation of leadership to its constituencies and communities.

Class description

Executive and Administrative Leadership (503A) will help students cultivate the practical skills required to lead within various operational contexts. Managerial strategies for addressing problems in public, not-for-profit and business organizations will be examined through case studies, general readings, class exercises and strategic presentations by practitioners. Throughout the course, students will practice the core skills required for their success as future leaders.

Student learning goals

Identify the behaviors of effective and ineffective leaders;

Expand skills necessary for effective leadership;

Cultivate habits necessary to earn respect as a leader;

Appreciate the value of different communication and learning styles;

Experience the connection between leadership and teamwork;

Perceive the differences between leading up, down and across an organization.

General method of instruction

The course will incorporate a variety of instruction techniques. Understanding the tasks, responsibilities and practices of executive managers will be gained from cases, articles, book excerpts, short lectures, small and large group-discussions, in-class exercises, student presentations and guest speakers’ strategic presentations. The guest speakers are not gap-fillers or an add-on but integral to students’ acquisition of the key learning goals of this course. All are proven leaders, and natural teachers whose classes will be interactive. All of our distinguished guests are eager to help you acquire the necessary skills and habits of leadership necessary for success in whichever field you choose.

Recommended preparation

How do you define leadership? Contemplate who has impressed you as an especially effective or ineffective leader and why. What particular skills and behaviors did he or she demonstrate? This individual should be someone you observed closely: a colleague, a teacher, a relative, a team mate, a coach, etc. Come prepared to speak about this for approximately three minutes. On the first day of class I will call on a few students. Over the balance of the term I will call on the rest of you. I encourage you to jot down notes in advance. (Tip: When making a presentation, summarize what you’re about to say, say it then re-state your main point.)

Please read Pat Bettin’s Leadership that Shapes the Future

Class assignments and grading

There will be two required memos and one team project/presentation. The memos will each constitute 20% of your grade. The team project will constitute 30% of your grade. Class participation will count for the remaining 30%.


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.
Syllabus (draft)
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 03/10/2009