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Thompson Rivers University

BBUS 4833: Effective Leadership

This competency-based, paced course provides you with the opportunity to develop a repertoire of leadership skills for diverse organizational and community contexts. Working through the course, students will increase your awareness of the interaction between self, systems, and organizational context. Students explore how leaders take action to make a positive difference and investigate various approaches to leadership within a variety of contexts. By the end of the course students are expected to articulate their vision of how to lead in diverse situations. Students are required to apply theoretical concepts to workplace, community, or volunteer experiences.

Learning outcomes

  • Increase your awareness of the interaction between self, systems, and organizational contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate critical thinking and research skills.
  • Explain how leaders, including yourself, take action to make a positive difference.
  • Articulate a vision of how you will lead in diverse situations.

Course topics

Module 1: Where Leadership Emerges

Module 2: Inquiring Leadership: Appreciation, Curiosity, and Meaning Making

Module 3: Contextual Leadership: Observation, Emotional Intelligence, and Adaptation

Module 4: Imaginative Leadership: Vision, Change, and Values-based Action

Required text and materials

Students will be consulting a variety of resources, including books, articles, and Web resources, throughout the course. Students will be expected to find and consult different resources depending on the topics which they chose to emphasize.

There is no textbook required for this 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 project.

Assignment: Module 1 12.5%
Assignment: Module 2 12.5%
Assignment: Module 3 12.5%
Assignment: Module 4 12.5%
Final Project (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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