The leadership development minor exposes students to leadership theory and practice, guides them in their leadership development, and offers them opportunities to gain leadership experiences. The minor is a cutting-edge representation of what it means to build leadership capacity in others; it helps John Carroll students live our mission of inspiring “individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.”

Like leadership itself, the minor is interdisciplinary in nature; it has the flexibility to align with the needs and interests of individual students. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Leadership Development minor, one that sets it apart from other schools, is that students have the opportunity to participate in a number of one-credit “learning labs” designed to reinforce leadership concepts and theories experientially and to put what is being learned into action. These labs focus on topics such as identifying personal attributes and creating a vision, motivating others, building a team, and implementing a strategy. Coordinator: Dr. Beth Martin, Department of Psychology.

Minor Requirements

Leadership Development Minor: Total of 21 hours.

Leadership Theory Courses (5 hours) Required: LP 101, 102, 201, 202

Leadership Laboratories (4 hours) Required: LP 301, 302, 303, 304

Leadership Component Courses (6 credits): One from A: PL 302, 310, 311, 315, 368; RL 260, 360, 466; One from B: AR 203; CO 200, 300, 314, 400, 446; BI 383; MN 395; MS 301; PS 301, 359

Leadership Context Courses: One from the following: AH 430, 435; CO 235, 346, 447; EC 343; EN 214, 277, 285; HS 114, 131, 195B, 197B; IC 230, 302; MN 352; MS 357; PO 302, 316, 355, 410; PS 421; RL 324, 326, 331; SC 380, 393, 450

Leadership Legacy Project (3 credits) Required: LP 401, 402, 403


101. INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP I 1 cr.
Introduction to the concept of leadership and the traits, values, characteristics, and behaviors that create effective leadership. MS 101 may be substituted for LP 101.

102. INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP II 1 cr. How different traits, values, characteristics, and behaviors are effective in different contexts such as public office, business, community organizations, and religious institutions. MS 102 may be substituted for LP 102.

198. TOPICS IN LEADERSHIP 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Various subjects related to the methods or content of leadership not typically covered in regular course offerings.

199. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised study on special topics. Must be approved prior to registration.

201. INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP III 1 cr. Introduction to alternative theories of leadership and related concepts. Different styles of leadership will be explored in relation to leadership theories. MS 201 may be substituted for LP 201.

202. INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP IV 2 cr. Continued examination of theories of leadership and related concepts, and the application of different theories of leadership and leadership styles to different problem-oriented situations. MS 202 may be substituted for LP 202.

301. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: THE WHO OF YOU 1 cr. Prerequisite: LP 202 or MS 202. Finding and giving “voice” to one’s personal style and inner substance in a significant and compelling way that will resonate with others and facilitate work towards stated goals.

302. FINDING PURPOSE: VISION AND VOICE 1 cr. Prerequisite: LP 202 or MS 202. The dynamic of vision and the way in which it can be used to focus, inspire, and motivate. In addition, students will develop the ability to “package” their sense of self in a clear, concise, and compelling way and to be confident in doing so.

303. POSITION: CHANGE AGENTS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY 1 cr. Prerequisite: LP 202 or MS 202. Concepts associated with group dynamics and how different forms of power play out in groups. Also, the strategic and practical nature of alliances: their purposes and benefits, how alliances are formed, how they are maintained, and how they thrive.

304. THE PROCESS: STRATEGIES FOR HOW 1 cr. Prerequisite: LP 202 or MS 202. How to clearly define a problem or issue, separate strategy from tactics, and propose a reasonable strategic intent.

401. LEADERSHIP PROJECT PLANNING 1 cr. Prerequisites: LP 202 or MS 202 plus components and context courses—see above; permission of instructor. Part of a three-credit capstone experience requiring students to plan, implement, and evaluate a substantive service project that will have a lasting impact on John Carroll or the larger community. In LP 401 students plan their project under instructor supervision. LP 401 is strongly recommended for the fall semester of the senior year.

402. LEADERSHIP PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION 1 cr. Prerequisites: LP 202 or MS 202 plus components and context courses—see above; prerequisites or corequisites: LP 401 and permission of coordinator or instructor. Part of a three-credit capstone experience requiring students to plan, implement, and evaluate a substantive service project that will have a lasting impact on John Carroll or the larger community. In LP 402 students will implement their project under instructor supervision. LP 402 is strongly recommended for the fall or spring semester of the senior year.

403. LEADERSHIP REFLECTION AND PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION 1 cr. Prerequisite: LP 202 or MS 202 plus components and context courses—see above; prerequisites or corequisites: LP 402 and permission of coordinator or instructor. Part of a three-credit capstone experience requiring students to plan, implement, and evaluate a substantive service project that will have a lasting impact on John Carroll or the larger community. LP 403 provides students with the opportunity to learn about their leadership capabilities through reflection on their capstone experience.