Exec. MPA Seminar: Leadership Confronted

EXEC-GP.3190, 4.5 points.


Only open to Executive MPA students.

This course is designed to create an “action learning” community in which students will integrate their professional experiences, and other graduate course work, with a final exploration of leadership concepts, theory and applied practice.

The course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to lead, as a colleague who can support leadership behavior in peers, and as one who can promote leadership behavior in supervisors and subordinates. Specifically, as a result of their work in this course, students are expected to become:

• conversant with a broad survey of theoretical concepts and assumptions about leadership and leadership behavior;
• better navigators of the internal and external factors influencing successful leading;
• demonstrably more expert in using a variety of skills such as appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, narrative inquiry and action research, to frame and describe personal leadership challenges as a step towards increasing successful leading;
• deft in consulting with others, and receiving and providing constructive feedback; and,
• more insightful about personal leadership competencies, paradoxes and challenges. Growing out of this increased awareness, students will develop an action plan for continued development of personal leadership capabilities.

This course has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to synthesize and apply leadership theory. This is an academic seminar with a significant component of experiential learning.


Restricted to Exec. MPA students

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2015Sharon BenjaminSyllabus
Summer 2015Sharon BenjaminSyllabus
Spring 2014Sharon BenjaminSyllabus
Spring 2011Syllabus
Spring 2010Syllabus
Spring 2009Sharon BenjaminSyllabus
Spring 2008Sharon BenjaminSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Spring 2015Sharon Benjamin-BothwellEvaluation
Spring 2014Sharon Benjamin-BothwellEvaluation
Spring 2013Sharon Benjamin-BothwellEvaluation
Spring 2012Benjamin-Bothwell, SharonEvaluation
Spring 2010Benjamin, SharonEvaluation
Spring 2008Benjamin, SharonEvaluation
Spring 2009Benjamin, SharonEvaluation
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Benjamin-Bothwell, Sharon

Weekly Schedule:
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat - 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Session Dates:
01/30/2016 to 01/30/2016
02/13/2016 to 02/13/2016
02/27/2016 to 02/27/2016
03/12/2016 to 03/12/2016
03/26/2016 to 03/26/2016
04/09/2016 to 04/09/2016
04/23/2016 to 04/23/2016
05/07/2016 to 05/07/2016

Bldg:BOBS Room:LL150

Birk, Matthias Maximilian

Weekly Schedule:
Mon - 4:55 pm to 8:25 pm
Mon - 4:55 pm to 8:25 pm
Mon - 4:55 pm to 8:25 pm
Mon - 4:55 pm to 8:25 pm
Mon - 4:55 pm to 8:25 pm

Session Dates:
02/08/2016 to 02/08/2016
02/22/2016 to 02/22/2016
03/07/2016 to 03/07/2016
03/21/2016 to 03/21/2016
04/04/2016 to 05/09/2016

Bldg:194M Room:306