Leadership Education

COM 461L

Communication in Leadership 461L → An LAS Required Course

Class Overview:

COM 461L or Communication in Leadership is one of the cohort classes we take as second semester sophomores in the Leadership Advancement Program. It is the last class we take all together and brings many aspects of our other classes into one course on how everything relates to communication. For me, this has been one of the best classes I have taken for the Leadership Minor. I truly enjoyed learning about the communication side of leadership while also connecting aspects from all our other classes. Our professor, Dr. Carlson always made the class engaging with different case studies, activities, and in depth discussions. She was a fantastic teacher for the course and I learned so much from her.

What I learned:

As I said above, this has been one of my person favorite LAS classes and I learned quite a bit from the class. We learned about different follower styles, leadership styles, and ways to influence people through communication. Also, we discussed the gender gap, ethics, and discrimination in today’s society.  An aspect of the class that has really stuck with me is the Pygmalion effect. The Pygmalion effect is when someone sets high expectations for the group or individual and they believe that they can achieve these expectations. The studies show that this increases performances in employees and individuals. Another concept from the class that caught my attention was the servant leadership behavior. This type of leadership is when a leader puts their followers before themselves and anything else. It is based on the relationships between the followers and leader. I personally, really enjoyed this topic because I am the type of leader that tries to make their followers feel important. I want to be a leader who listens to their followers and gets all the input I possibly can.

How I can apply it:

Through this class, we learned ideas and concepts that we can apply to leading individuals and in everyday life. The Pygmalion effect is something I can use all the time with everything I do. Setting high expectations and knowing I can reach them is really important and this class has shown me how much I can accomplish through that effect. Also, I can use servant leadership for my Circle K position as President. It will allow me to create better relationships with my e-board and general members.

Overall, I really liked taking COM 461L. It was a fun class that I looked forward to every week. I learned so much from the different course work and our professor and will be a better leader and person because of it.

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