This module examines several different aspects of leadership theory including: personality traits; managing change; learning styles; emotional intelligence; and leadership profiles. This is an interactive site that provides tools and exercises to assess leadership theory from both a philosphical and practical perspective.
Type of Material:
This module contains applied and experiential exercises, inventories, questionnaires and literature related to leadership theory and its application in organizations.
This material could be used as a supplement to or homework assignment for a lecture on leadership. It could also be used in workshops and seminars delivered to professionals in the field.
Standard internet browser. In addition, as much of the material is proprietary, passwords and access to the secure server would be ideal to fully benefit from all aspects of the module.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major goal is to discuss, explain and describe different leadership styles and to allow the student to learn about leadership through exercises that put theory into practice.
Target Student Population:
The user of this site would need to have some foundation of management principles and organizational behavior consistent with junior/senior level undergraduate status. It would also be suitable for use in professional seminars and workshops for managers in the field.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students would benefit from previous courses in human resource management, organizational behavior or principles of management.
This is an interesting module because it contains a great variety of materials. There are clear learning objectives, various different activities to enhance the learning process (although these are proprietary) and links to various different inventories and tests where the student can assess aspects of his or her own leadership skills. The area of learning and teaching styles is particularly well informed by scholarship.
The biggest concern is that a good portion of the site is not available to the public as it is on a password-protected server. Without access to the activities portion of the module we can not fully assess the information provided, nor can an instructor/student fully utilize the module as it is designed.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The module clearly lays out objectives, potential assignments and activities, and links to further web sites. It contains a good variety of materials in various different formats to enhance the interest level of the student.
Again, the biggest concern is the proprietary nature of a large portion of the information.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is challenging and engaging for someone interested in the art and science of leadership. Significant links provide a rich source of different tests and inventories that will intrigue the student.
Again, the proprietary nature of much of the module is the main concern.
Other Issues and Comments:
Without access to the whole module it is really difficult to perform an accurate review. I am impressed with what I see; but frankly I think I?d like it even more if I could access those activities. It appears that they provide additional theoretical information and exercises that would enhance the entire module.
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