The reinstitution of the WLP 151 course – The theory and practice of women’s leadership. To be presented in Fall 2005. Faculty: Lynn Offermann
This course exposes students to psychological theory, research, and applications in the area of leadership, broadly defined, specifically focusing on the special concerns and opportunities faced by women aspiring to or in positions of leadership. Leadership in multiple domains will be explored, including organizations, politics, and social movements. Students tailor their learning to particular contexts of interest by choosing a woman leader of interest, researching her style and background, relating it to the leadership theories discussed in class, and presenting findings to the rest of the class. In addition to examining the leadership of others, the development of self-leadership and finding one’s own voice will be emphasized. A variety of experiential activities allowing students to understand personal strengths and weaknesses and develop their own sense of leadership will be included. Seminar discussion and guest speakers will be supplemented by simulation exercises (some videotaped) with feedback as well as case studies and films.