LEAD 1000: Becoming a Leader

Course Description:
The foundation course will prepare students to exercise leadership in business, government and community organizations. Introduces leadership skills useful in a variety of settings including community and civic activities. Helps students to improve self-awareness, understand multiple theories, recognize moral courage, build analytic and critical thinking skills and adapt leadership practices to different people and contexts.
Learning Objectives:
  • Increase self-awareness about yourself as a leader
  • Understand, Critique, and apply multiple leadership theories
  • Recognize the role of diversity and inclusiveness in leadership practice.
  • Practice community building and exercise self and group leadership
  • Appreciate the importance of moral courage and ethical leadership 
  • Enhance your ability to speak and write clearly, concisely, and convincingly 
Course Post:
After finishing the Lead 1000 class my leadership philosophy is: a good leader needs not say anything but rather lead by example. A good leader will be able to motivate people through actions not just words. A good leader stands strong in their beliefs in good times and bad. And a good leader is not afraid to admit they are wrong.  My personal insights from Lead 1000 that helped me form my evolving definition of leadership and about social worlds, power and influence, and decision making.  Social Worlds are shaped by the things we do, and they change over time.  There are an infinite number of social worlds, because new ones are being made in each moment.  That means we are constantly having to change our leadership qualities we are focusing on.  Power: the capacity to produce effects on others or the potential to influence others.  Influence: The change in a target agent's attitudes, values, beliefs or behaviors as the result of influence tactics.  When you are a leader you need to know how to handle all your power to have a positive influence on your followers and bystanders.  Decision making is the act of choosing between two or more courses of action.  When you are making a decision, you use either your intuition or reasoning.  I anticipate practicing leadership in the future through finishing the Leadership minor, getting involved in the It’s On Us committee on campus, and getting more involved I the Boulder Community.