This course introduces students to the theoretical constructs underpinning global leadership and will provide hands-on opportunities that will help develop the attitudes, knowledge of leadership theory, and skills and techniques needed for effective leadership. An experiential class, leadership theories and trends will be shared in the context of exercises and activities to build leadership skills as well as create the opportunity to share ideas about how leadership is expressed in U.S. and global contexts. Those who plan to work in corporations, educational institutions, and social service agencies will reflect on their practical leadership knowledge and undertake opportunities through FDPs and shipboard activities to improve their leadership practice. Topics covered by this course include the development of a personal leadership model, ethics in leadership, and history of notable leaders. In addition to participation in class activities and assignments, students will be expected to assume a significant leadership role in the Semester at Sea community.
Field ClassCountry: Belgium
One of the most enduring and formidable types of leadership within the world is military leadership. With a long history dating back to Alexander the Great, military leadership has been the structure upon which other forms of leadership are based. An equally traditional form of leadership, the political style of leadership has been in existence since human communities were first organized. Although the Leadership Development class emphasizes relational, network, and cooperative leadership, it is important for students to be exposed to traditional forms of leadership, including military and political. Our visit to Brussels provides two opportunities for us to witness leadership situations: NATO and the European Union Parliament. Tours of both facilities will be taken with an eye for the ways leadership is expressed, the styles of leadership emphasized in both settings, and the opportunity for democratic practices. Questions explored by the group include the following: what do the buildings and other accouterments of leadership say about how power is expressed? What topics and issues are predominantly pursued in NATO and the EU Parliament? How would you describe the type(s) of leadership predominantly expressed at NATO and the EU Parliament? What symbols were present in the buildings that lent the impression that leadership was expressed in these two facilities?