ORG603: Leadership in Diverse and Under-Resourced Communities
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This course covers traditional Christian leadership development theory as well as providing a survey of theories on leadership. The first part of the course focuses on life reflection within a Christian context in order to develop a philosophy of ministry. The last part of this course focuses on how to lead effectively in organizations serving in diverse and under-resourced communities and to develop strategies to improve the representation of women and people of color in leadership.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Reflect on your leadership journey according to traditional Christian leadership development theory.
- Create a philosophy of ministry and leadership integrating personal experience with key concepts from this course.
- Construct a leadership toolkit for new supervisors in an organization by applying leadership theories.
- Develop a plan for expanding your own cross-cultural leadership ability.
- Use systems thinking to develop a plan that includes personal, physical, cultural and organizational aspects of their own leadership development.
- Design a plan for an organization to increase the representation of women and people of color in leadership.
Degree Program Outcomes
Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:
- Finance. Analyze the complexities of financial and administrative systems and apply that to make effective business decisions.
- Innovation. Develop strategies and plans to effectively use technology and innovation to achieve organizational goals.
- Relational. Develop and implement human capital, talent management and general human resource plans sensitive to the dynamics of corporate human behavior in different cultural contexts.*
- Values. To develop plans to achieve their own personal vocation and calling as well as bringing social change to the world in line with Christian values.*
- Strategy. To develop a synthesis to integrate a wide range of business skills into a plan for starting or growing an organization.
- Specialization. Demonstrate professional competencies in a specialty area appropriate for managerial roles in private industry, public sector institutions, and not-for-profit agencies.
Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes.
- Clinton, R. (2012). The Making of a Leader, Second Edition: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development (Rev Upd edition). NavPress. ISBN: 1612910750
Daft, R. L. (2017). The Leadership Experience (7 edition). Cengage Learning. ISBN: 133710227X
Pick One Text as Your Third Required Book
In the first half of this course we focus primarily on “majority culture” models on leadership from academic and Christian perspectives. In the second half of this course, we will focus increasingly on effective leadership that supports women leaders, people of color and those serving and coming from under-resourced communities. To support the diversity of interests of students in this course, we are allowing students to pick their own book to read for the last half of this course.
You can pick from the following book suggestions or you can suggest your own. If you suggest your own, your instructor will need to ensure that it meets the course objective to “improve your leadership capacity in general and specifically in serving in diverse and under-resourced communities." You cannot pick a book that you have read prior to this course.
Recommended Books on Race & Ethnicity
- Healing Racial Trauma
- Rowe, S. W., & Rah, S.-C. (2020). Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience. IVP Books.
- Latino/a Christian
- Crespo, O. (2009). Being Latino in Christ: Finding Wholeness in Your Ethnic Identity. IVP Books.
- Rodriguez, D. A., & Ortiz, M. (2011). A Future for the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations. IVP Academic.
- African American Christian
- Ellis, C. F. (1996). Free at last?: The Gospel in the African-American experience. InterVarsity Press.
- Multicultural Christian
- Frazier, S. T. (2001). Check All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a Multiracial Person (Print On Demand edition). IVP Books.
- Ethnic Identity Development for White Christians
- Harris, P., & Schaupp, D. (2009). Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World. IVP Books.
- Racial Awareness Discipleship for White Christians
- Swanson, D. W., & McNeil, B. S. (2020). Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity. IVP.
- Asian Christians
- Yep, J., Cha, P., Tokunaga, P., Jao, G., & Riesen, S. C. V. (1998). Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents. IVP Books.
- Tokunaga, P. (2003). Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders. IVP Books.
- Georges, J., & Baker, M. D. (2016). Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials. IVP Academic.
- Global Perspectives & Missions
- Plueddemann, J. E. (2009). Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church (5899th edition). IVP Academic.
- Elmer, D. (2006). Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility (2007 or Later Printing edition). IVP Books.
- Elmer, D. (1993). Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry (unknown edition). IVP Academic.
- Additional Book Recommendations on Race & Ethnicity
- Additional Book Recommendations on Global Christianity
Recommended Books on Gender
- Coleman, K. (2010). 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership (1 edition). Next Leadership Publishing.
- Lederleitner, M. T. (2018). Women in God’s Mission: Accepting the Invitation to Serve and Lead. IVP Books.
- Leach, T. B., & McKnight, S. (2017). Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry. IVP Books.
- Tucker, R. A. (2016). Extraordinary Women of Christian History: What We Can Learn from Their Struggles and Triumphs. Baker Books.
- Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House.
- Harts, M. (2019). The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Seal Press.
- Strickland, D., & Goff, B. (2020). Better Together: How Women and Men Can Heal the Divide and Work Together to Transform the Future. Thomas Nelson.
- Kristof, N. D., & WuDunn, S. (2010). Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Reprint edition). Vintage.
- Additional Book Recommendations on Gender
Guidelines for Written Work
All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.
Critical Policies to Read for This Course
Note: These policies are critical for all students to read. In case of change, we have linked to the versions on our website to make sure you have the latest version.
- ADA Policy, Learning Accommodations & Disabilities Services
- Student Code of Conduct
- Library Services
This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: April 6, 2022
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