Principles of Effective Leadership Winter 2024

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This course will examine issues related to effective leadership in a variety of contexts, primarily through the experience of guest lecturers. We will begin by identifying key principles of leadership with reference to several great leaders in history, moving on to consider contemporary yet timeless topics such as personal responsibility, corruption and fraud in the private sector as well as the essential role good communications skills play in exercising leadership. The majority of class sessions will feature distinguished guest speakers, many of whom are Williams alumni, who have held leadership roles across various industries. Probing our guests’ approaches to organizational leadership is the primary goal of this Winter Study. After each lecture, we will spend time in the next class sharing impressions, surprises and lessons learned. There will be a 5-page final paper and 5-minute presentation which may take a variety of forms and formats, but which should address the basic themes in our readings as well as what you have learned from our guests, both collectively and more specifically in the case of at least three individuals.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1208
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s)
Prerequisites: Leadership Studies department.
Enrollment Preferences: 15-20 students
Unit Notes: Paul Burke: Head of the Nightingale-Bamford School, NYC; Past President for the International Coalition of Girls Schools; Trustee for Leadership & Design, Riley's Way and Don Bosco Prep High School, his alma mater; Williams College alumnus, class of 1996. Christine Burke: Senior VP, Strategic Partnerships & Runner Products, New York Road Runners; VP Marketing, Haastens; Director of Marketing, L'Occitane; Director of Marketing, Mikasa; Williams College alumna, Class of 1996.
Materials/Lab Fee: $50
Attributes: STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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