Managerial Leadership (4 credit hours) Jerry Ashby, Ph.D.
Saturday 09:00 – 13:00

This course focuses on the nature of leadership, reviewing the theory and empirical research guidelines and recommendations for improving managerial leadership. The course provides an opportunity for students to draw together previous learning about management, business administration, leadership, and organizations into a focused context. The course is relevant for both students who are currently in management or administrative positions and those who intend to assume leadership positions in their selected fields after completing their college education.

Prerequisite: Principles of Management Required Text th

Gary Yukl, G. 7 Edition. Leadership in Organizations. Prentice Hall Additional Reading

Hay Group, Leadership Styles (to be given by the Professor)

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Understand the controversy about differences between leadership and management • Appreciate the different indicators used to assess leadership effectiveness
• Describe leadership as an individual, dyadic, group, or organizational process
• Explain what methods have been used to study managerial work
• Evaluate research methods that have been used to study leadership behavior
• Understand the findings in the research on leadership behavior and the different

methods for developing taxonomies of leadership behavior

Content of the Course

1. The Nature of Leadership
2. The Nature of Managerial Work
3. Perspectives on Effective Leadership Behavior
4. Participative Leadership, Delegation, and Empowerment 5. Dyadic Role Making, Attributions, and Followership
6. Power and Influence
7. Managerial Traits and Skills

8. Early Contingency Theories of Effective Leadership 9. Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
10. Leading Change in Organizations
11. Leadership in Teams and Decision Groups

12. Strategic Leadership by Executives 13. Developing Leadership Skills
14. Ethical Leadership and Diversity

Course Requirements

Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole), particularly during the case study debates. You may miss up to three classes without penalty; your first two absences count, whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are reminded not to approach the professor for copies of the previous week’s materials immediately before, during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

Exams: Two examinations will be taken. The exams will not be cumulative; they will cover only the chapters on which you have not been tested. Test format may combine a mixture of true/false, multiple choice, and essay questions.

General Requirements

In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask your instructor for clarification.


Class participation and case study debates 20% Student Presentations 30% Mid-term exam 25% Final exam 25%

UNYT grading scale

Letter Grade

Percent (%)

Generally Accepted Meaning



Outstanding work





Good work, distinctly above average







Acceptable work







Work that is significantly below average







Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

Prepared on: 29 January 2012 By: Jerry Ashby

Scheduele: Saturday 09:00 – 13:00

Instructor: Jerry Ashby