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EXI569: Leadership in Sports and Beyond

Leadership is not a line on a resume; it is not a title, position, or rank. Leadership is a process, an action.

Leadership is not a line on a resume; it is not a title, position, or rank. Leadership is a process, an action. In this course students will learn about different leadership styles, through the lens of athletics, in hopes to develop themselves as true leaders. The world of sport is rife with great leaders. This course will explore how leadership manifests itself on the field and from the sidelines, and how that may transfer to other aspects of life. Students will study leaders from a wide range of sports and levels, possibly consisting of John Wooden, Bill Belichick, Pat Summit, Derek Jeter, Serena Williams, and more. Students will learn about the relationship between leaders and followers, the importance of conflict resolution and team dynamics, and discover how they can lead others to make a difference. With the lessons learned from past leaders and knowledge gained about leadership concepts, students will work to develop their own personal leadership philosophy. Much of this course will be interactive and dedicated to practicing the skills needed to demonstrate leadership. In the final term, students will be asked to apply what they learned by developing a capstone leadership project, executing the project in our community, then reflecting on and assessing the outcome.