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Cynthia Ruppel, Ph.D.

Cynthia Ruppel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Technology

”I am a proponent of teaching students to learn by themselves and to think and question. With the Internet and so much information in today's world, it is important to be able to determine both relevant and accurate information. With today's communications technologies, the world has become a 'smaller' place.”

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Leadership as we've known it in the past is no longer effective. The direction the world economy is taking requires a new kind of leader, one that is totally focused on people's contribution to the organization. Successful leadership behaviors excite people to action. The old thinking that a person's position on the organization chart makes them a leader is no longer viable. Present-day research identifies specific behaviors, styles and tasks as the keys to leadership success. In the Leadership certificate program you will learn about the successful actions a leader can take to build high-performance organizations. A leadership certificate will get you ready to assume a strong leadership position based on high impact actions.

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Full-time professionals are available to discuss the leadership certificate curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Required Courses

Total credits: 16
LED 5630 Leadership Theory and Practice  
LED 5651 Cross Cultural Leadership  
LED 5660 Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice  
LED 5680 Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment  
LED 5695 Leadership Skills Practicum  

Course Descriptions

LED 5630     Leadership Theory and Practice  (3 cr.)

This is the introductory leadership course in the leadership discipline. The course examines leadership as a process with a three-fold focus: the leader, the followers, and the situation.

LED 5651     Cross Cultural Leadership  (3 cr.)

In a rapidly changing world, leaders risk failing to attain their goals and those of their organizations unless they recognize the dynamics of cross-cultural communication. They must also understand how cultural forces influence many aspects of the leadership phenomenon. As part of this course, participants will analyze various theoretical frameworks to help them identify culture's effect on attitudes and behaviors, as well as on approaches to ethics, motivational practices, negotiation patterns, strategic decision making, and change. Participants will also develop practical skills that will contribute to the effectiveness and success of their organizations. Case studies and experiential exercises will be used to support learning. Prerequisite: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5660     Situational Leadership: Theory and Practice  (3 cr.)

This course provides a behavioral science background for the development of current leadership theory. Beginning with organizational research in the early 20th century, the course reviews the landmark theories and research that have paved the way for our current understanding of such concepts as motivation, management and leadership. The course will also emphasize the theory and practice of the Situational Leadership Model by Hersey and Blanchard which emerged from the earlier behavioral science theories. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own leadership style through self-and-peer-assessment and improve their ability to adjust their style to match the needs of those they attempt to influence. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 5630.

LED 5680     Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment  (3 cr.)

Individuals in organizations are continuously required to change their actions in response to changes in leadership, structures, regulatory requirements, markets, and products/services. These efforts can be more successful when individuals choose to take a leadership role in the change process. The course will allow students to become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change, innovation and organizational alignment. Students will have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Prerequisites: MGT 5105 or MGT 5020 and LED 5630 or MGT 56530.

LED 5695     Leadership Skills Practicum  (4 cr.)

This course allows students to improve their leadership skills by examining and applying a variety of leadership theories and concepts covered in the MS in Leadership program. This includes advanced work with the Situational Leadership Model developed by Dr. Paul Hersey. In this course, students will have the opportunity to broaden and improve their understanding and skills needed for team leadership, coaching, negotiating, leading across cultures, and strategy. The course uses an interactive format and includes case studies, individual and group exercises, group projects, and role-plays. It is offered only in a five day, on-campus intensive format during the Fall and Spring terms. Pre-work and post-work will be required. This course is not financial aid eligible when taken by itself. Prerequisites: LED 5660 and good academic standing.

Foundation Course

Because Master's level study extends knowledge and skills acquired in both the classroom and workplace, the successful completion of the following foundation course is required in order to enroll in this certificate program. Satisfactory completion of foundation courses requires a "B" grade.

MGT 5020     Managing Organizational Behavior  (3 cr.)

Managing Organizational Behavior : Students will gain a working knowledge of how to manage personal, interpersonal, and group processes by having the interpersonal skills to assume responsibility for leading and promoting teamwork among diverse stakeholders. Students will learn to manage individual and group behaviors in improving organizational productivity and performance. Through experiential learning, students will learn to integrate home, work, and educational observations and experiences and to convert them into proactive practical applications for growth and renewal.

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