Core Course

This course organized into two main sections: (1) leadership and (2) team and group effectiveness. The first part of the course investigates human thought and judgement and how these thoughts and judgements can impede or improve your ability to lead yourself and others. Topics in this section include models for effective leadership, leadership style, leadership under stress and pressure, effective listening and questioning. The second section of this course examines what it means to effectively team with others. Topics include models of effective team/group dynamics and team leadership and membership. Students will learn how to be good members and effective leaders of teams, committees, and other decision-making and problem-solving groups. For both sections of this course, the primary means of instruction will be interactive exercises in which students perform tasks in groups to practice the skills of membership and leadership. Students will also develop strategies to build partnerships and establish networks to ensure effective response when a disaster strikes.