By Professor Matthew Earnhardt
Do you see yourself as a leader? Here at Christian Leaders - it's in the name! Christian Leaders believes that all called Christians can and should be leaders. But what makes a good leader? Are there certain traits or approaches that make for successful leadership? Leadership Theories presents the wide range of research, dimensions, and applications of approaches to leadership. Join Professor Matthew Earnhardt in expanding your knowledge about leadership and on a journey of self-reflection.
Articulate prominent leadership theories and apply the theories in addressing organizational issues
Employ self-reflection in the application of one’s own leadership style
Understand organizational dynamics through the lens of leadership theories and contemporary leadership issues
All content for this course is found in the video lectures, other videos, the textbooks and reading materials.
View all online videos and read the assigned materials. After viewing everything for the unit, take the quiz based on the lectures (100% of grade).
A 95-100% A- 90-94% B+ 87-89% B 83-86% B- 80-82% C+ 77-79% C 73-76% C- 70-72% D+ 67-69% D 63-66% D- 60-62% F 0-59%
Your average for the course must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no credit.
You have 180 days to finish the course. Complete all assignments before the final deadline, or you will be automatically unenrolled, and all coursework will be removed. You will have to start over and take the class again to receive credit.
Introduction and Trait Approach
Develop a definition of leadership based on common theoretical assumptions
Describe different traits a leader could possess based on an understanding of trait theory
Summarize the components of trait leadership theory as one of the earliest leadership theories
Explain how the skills approach works
Discuss the strengths of the skills approach
Recognize the criticisms of the skills approach
Explain how you can use the skills approach to strengthen your leadership position
Describe how task behaviors and relationship behaviors make up the behavioral approach
Explain how the behavioral approach works
Identify the strengths of the behavioral approach
Discuss the criticisms of the behavioral approach
Recognize applications of the behavioral approach
Define the situational approach of leadership
Explain how the situational approach works
Discuss the strengths of the situational approach
Identify the criticisms of the behavioral approach
Explain how to apply the situational approach to modern-day leadership
Describe the path-goal theory of leadership
Explain how the path-goal theory works
Identify the strengths of the path-goal theory
Discuss the criticisms of the path-goal theory
Explain how path-goal theory can improve one's leadership
Leader-Member Exchange Theory
Describe leader-member exchange theory
Explain how leader–member exchange theory works
Discuss the strengths of the leader-member exchange theory
Discuss the weaknesses of the leader-member exchange theory
Recognize the applications of the leader-member exchange theory
Describe transformational leadership
Explain how transformational leadership works
Discuss the strengths of transformational leadership
Discuss the criticisms of transformational leadership
Recognize applications of transformational leadership
Describe authentic leadership
Explain how authentic leadership works
Discuss the strengths of authentic leadership
Discuss the criticisms of authentic leadership
Recognize applications of authentic leadership
Describe servant leadership
Explain how servant leadership works
Discuss the strengths of servant leadership
Discuss the criticisms of servant leadership
Recognize applications of servant leadership
Describe adaptive leadership
Explain how adaptive leadership works
Discuss the strengths of adaptive leadership
Discuss the criticisms of adaptive leadership
Recognize the applications of adaptive leadership
Define ethics in a leadership context
Discuss the strengths of the ethical approach to leadership
Discuss the criticisms of the ethical approach to leadership
Recognize applications of the ethical approach to leadership
Team Leadership and Wrap-Up
Describe the team leadership model
Explain how team leadership works
Discuss the strengths of the team leadership model
Discuss the criticisms of the team leadership model
Recognize applications of the team leadership model
Read the Testimony of a Fellow Christian Leaders Institute Student
CLI Student Joetta Amah
"My name is Joetta Amah. I was raised as a Christian. I had a very strong Christian upbringing. Throughout my life, I always had a longing and feeling that God needed me for himself. As a child, I always wanted to know more about God. That longing was always sitting deep inside of my soul. During my adult years, I felt like God was calling me even during my moments of darkness. Somehow, the Lord always stood close to me despite the things I was going through.
One day, it was the year 2014...I was praying to the Lord for direction and suddenly I came across Christian Leaders Institute. I felt really engaged after I read a few of the materials. Unfortunately, life got in the way again and I took a little break from studying at Christian Leaders Institute. Well, fast forward to 2019 and I was praying to the Lord again concerning which direction he wants me to go. Again, Christian Leaders Institute sunk into my soul. From now onwards, I really believe the Lord wants me to take this path in my life and I am forever committed to living for the Lord and fulfilling his purpose for my life. He has laid on my heart the youths of our day that really needs to hear his truth. So, my hope and prayer is to someday minister to youths and help them grow stronger in the Lord. Thanks CLI for this opportunity and may God bless us all on our journey towards planting positive seeds in this generation and beyond."
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