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BUS 228 — Courageous Leadership

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—Jun 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 19
Units: 2
Tuition: $515
Instructor(s): Hala Kleinknecht, Veronica Foster
Limit: 40
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 6—Jun 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 19
2 Units
Hala Kleinknecht, Veronica Foster
Successful leadership requires making bold, risky, and sometimes unpopular decisions. In a word, it requires courage. But courage is much more than charging into the unknown with uncertain outcomes. While everyone has the capacity for courage, not every aspiring leader understands how to harness courage to enhance effectiveness. Courageous leadership requires a deep understanding of the unique relationship between courage and fear, as well as the connection between leaders and those they lead.

This course will start with an assessment of self, examining students’ own concept of courage and how it influences leadership and communication styles. Students will also evaluate modern leadership strategies and discover how the proper balance of courage and fear fosters effective communication that inspires and engages others. With courage as a leadership tool, students will be able to engender compassion for themselves and empathy for others. Research has shown that compassionate leaders inspire loyalty and commitment, thus creating an environment that breeds productivity and health. Through experiential practices and group discussion, students will gain greater awareness of their authentic self and the courage to apply the most appropriate leadership style in any given situation. This course is designed for entrepreneurs, managers, supervisors, team leaders, and others who would like to strengthen their leadership skills.

Hala Kleinknecht, Co-Founder, Head Heart Consulting; Leadership Coach

Hala Kleinknecht’s coaching and therapy clients include leaders and executives seeking success and congruence in their professional and personal lives. She received an MA in counseling psychology from Sofia University.

Veronica Foster, Co-Founder, Head Heart Consulting; Leadership Coach

Veronica Foster coaches leaders in emotional intelligence and mindful leadership practices. She received an MA in counseling psychology from USF.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John Baldoni, Moxie: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership (ISBN 978-1629560212)
(Required) Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee, Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (ISBN 978-1422168035)
(Required) Osho, Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously (ISBN 978-0312205171)
(Recommended) Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (ISBN 978-0143118442)
(Recommended) Lissa Rankin M.D., The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul (ISBN 978-1401944278)