BBUS 3671

Contemporary Leadership

3.0 Credits


In this competency-based, paced course, students examine the relationship between leadership and management, explore the attributes of a good leader, and focus on developing their own leadership style. Attention is given to analyzing leadership stories, identifying relationships and connections and examining the level of alignment between organizational and personal values. Students are required to apply theoretical concepts to workplace, community or volunteer experiences.

Delivery Methods

Online, Paced.


BBUS 3641 is recommended. Strong working knowledge of computers or an introductory computer course is recommended.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine what it means to be a leader.
  • Capture the leadership stories that influence your philosophy.
  • Study the web of relationships in which you act as a leader.
  • Analyze the link between personal and organizational values.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical leadership.
  • Develop your own personal statement of leadership.
  • Demonstrate how you move your philosophy to action.
  • Create a plan for your own leadership development.

Course Outline

BBUS 3671: Contemporary Leadership includes the following twelve lessons:

  • The Nature of Leadership
  • Theory and Practise of Leadership
  • The Relationship between Managing and Leading; Key Leadership Attributes
  • The Significant Role of Storytelling As It Relates to Leadership
  • Leadership Stories in Your Organization
  • Communication and Practice of Organizational Values
  • Leading from Within
  • Assess the Congruence between Personal Values and Organizational Values
  • The Interplay between Leadership and Followership
  • Your Role in the Web of Relationships at Work
  • Ethical Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
  • Building Community in Your Organization; Leadership Equals Change - Taking Risks

Course Duration

14 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

1. Northouse, P. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice. 4th Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-5063-3008-2

2. Hughes R. L., Curphy, G. J., Ginnett, R. C. (2019). Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-260-09253-0

3. BBUS 3671 Custom Book Contemporary Leadership containing selected chapters from: Yukl, G. (2016). Leadership in organizations (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.Pearson/ Prentice-Hall Custom

Type: Textbook: ISBN 13: 978-0-13-277186-3

4. Kouzes, J.M. & Posner, B.Z. (2017) The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Inc.

Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-119-27896-2

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students throughout the course. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory final major project.

Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 20%
Discussion forums 10%
Final Major Project * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory