Syllabus for LDR-510



Leadership Communication will focus on developing and executing effective, real-world communication strategies for 21st century managers. This course will introduce communication tools and tactics innovative leaders use in their day-to-day work as well as their long-range challenges. In addition, it will focus on how leaders communicate balanced, informed judgment and demonstrate their ability to evaluate and synthesize disparate and complex information, ideas and opinions. It will also explore strategies to communicate with an array of audiences, and with logical structure, professional style, and clear, concise, compelling substance in a variety of contexts.


  1. Leadership challenges in the 21st century workplace
  2. Effective and innovative communication strategies, tactics and tools for reaching today's skeptical audiences
  3. Developing your personal leadership and communication style
  4. Emotional Intelligence and self-awareness
  5. Leaders know that communication is managing
  6. Leading today's employees: generation gap(s)
  7. Facilitating meetings that energize and motivate
  8. Predicting the impact critical issues and emerging trends will have on how we conduct business
  9. Placing top priority on organizational goals--not personal vanity
  10. Doing the right thing in a competitive, fast-moving global market
  11. Focusing on opportunities, not problems
  12. Synthesizing data to make the right bottom-line decisions
  13. Moving seamlessly from personal values to global thinking


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. CO1 Develop effective communication strategies that are logical in structure, professional in style, and compelling in substance.
  1. CO2 Relate your story, how your experience shaped your unique leadership style.
  2. CO3 Compare and discriminate among a wide array of opinions regarding leadership.
  3. CO4 Make and communicate ethical decisions in the competitive marketplace.
  4. CO5 Differentiate between facts and opinions when critically assessing business opportunities.
  5. CO6 Evaluate and integrate knowledge from a broad array of databases.
  6. CO7 Analyze audience needs and interests when communicating decisions.
  7. CO8 Present your conclusions that are based on your research in a clear, concise, and confident way.  
  8. CO9 Integrate what you have learned from your leadership role model into your own leadership style.
  9. CO10 Assess current issues and  trends, and their implications for how they will affect how you work and conduct business.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. Munter, Mary (2012). Guide to Managerial Communication: Effective Business Writing and Speaking (Guide to Business Communication Series), 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-214771-2

  1. Harvard Business School Press (2011). HBR’s 10 Must-Reads on Leadership (Paperback). ISBN-13: 978-1422157978.

  1. Kouzes, James and Posner, Barry (2003). Encouraging the Heart,: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others, 1st ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0787964634


Leadership Communication is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, discussion forums and written assignments. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: The Leader as Communicator
  2. Module 2:  The Leader as Continuous Learner
  3. Module 3: The Leader as Motivator
  4. Module 4: The Leader as Innovator

  1. Module 5: The Leader as Combination of Humility and Resolve
  2. Module 6: The Leader as 21st Century Global Thinker


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required introductions forum in module 1.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion board interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five (5) written assignments. These assignments ask you to discuss, analyze and evaluate leaders, leadership and communication.

Click link for an Written Assignment Evaluation Rubric.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Project

For the final project you are required to create a report in which you recommend whether your hypothetical investment firm should invest in one of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.  

See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (6)30 percent
  2. Written assignments (5)40 percent
  3. Final project30 percent

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., written assignments, papers, etc.). You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. (Note: Graduate students must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.)


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlines procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. if you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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