Leadership in a time of change



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Leadership Profile: In previous semesters, students have chosen either a well-known executive – such as Steve Jobs, Meg Whitman, Michael Bloomberg or Ted Turner – or a lesser-known executive at a local company or organizations who has dealt successfully with a major change initiative.
In the second half of the semester, you will be responsible for producing a 4-page paper and leading a 20-minute class discussion on the leader you choose.

Selection of leader is due by September 4.
Historical Book Report: Until the latter part of the 20th century, the curriculum in most business schools focused almost exclusively on the quantitative skills needed to become a successful manager. Study and appreciation of the more qualitative leadership skills were left to the historians. So no study of leadership in the 21st century would be complete without considering the historical development and study of leadership that underpin both our cultural assumptions, as well as current scholarly debate.
You will have the opportunity to take a trip back in time by choosing to read one of these historical accounts:
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. Oxford University Press.

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli. Oxford University Press.

1776, by David McCullough. Simon & Schuster.

April 1865, by Jay Winik. Harper Collins.

Theodore Roosevelt (The American Presidents Series), by Louis Auchincloss and Arthur Schlesinger.

The Defining Moment: Roosevelt’s First 100 Days, by Jonathan Alter.

Citizen Soldiers, by Steven Ambrose. Simon & Schuster.

The Best and the Brightest, by David Halberstam. Alfred Knopf.
In the second half of the semester, you will lead a class discussion on this book (20 to 30 minutes), focusing especially on the leadership lessons applicable to politicians or business executives dealing with uncertainty.
Selection of book is due by September 4. See course calendar for due date for class discussion.


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