LDR531 – Leadership


Doreen Gounaris

Required Reading:
Judge, T., & Robbins, S. P. (2008). Organizational Behavior (13th Edition) (13 ed.). Alexandria, VA: Prentice Hall.
Mintzberg, H., Ghoshal, S., Quinn, J., & Lampel, J. (2003). The Strategy Process: Concepts, Context, Cases/ 4th Edition/ INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL (4TH ed.). upper saddle river: Pearson Education.
Yukl, G. (2009). Leadership in Organizations (7th Edition) (7 ed.). Alexandria, VA: Prentice Hall.

Ancillary Reading:
Babauta, L. (2009). Power of Less, The: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life. New York: Hyperion. [Link]
Godin, S. (2008). Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Ottawa: Portfolio Hardcover. [Link]


Leadership is one of the core competencies I looked forward to attaining through this MBA program. I have always advanced rapidly to leadership roles in my career, but I wanted to find the systems and skill set that made that progression possible to enhance that ability. With the right toolbox, anything is possible!

After reading Tribes by Seth Godin I was really hoping to get that brilliant inspiring capability. Not to be. This leadership class was based on the notion that personality types dictated inter-office relationships, and ultimately overall employee performance. Ms. Gounaris was a big fan of the Myers-Briggs Personality Tests to determine and navigate blending the personality types. I had a slightly different opinion.

I completely agree that personality types greatly influence relationships, and are a core component to the office dynamic. The differing of opinion is that rather than believe that hiring should be done based on a personality profile, I feel a leader (speaking not of a manager, but an executive pay grade) should possess the ability to recognize the needs of his employees and feed the employee what they require to become excellent.

About the Author

The world changed for me about two months into my M.B.A. program. While I have always risen quickly to management roles, learning how to truly be a part of a business and its many systems began to really excite me. While I have loved taking out-dated processes and digitizing them for cost savings, I am excited to take my project mangement experience to greater heights and really contribute to a company's growth as the head of a team excited to drive change. -Justin Velthoen

Justin Velthoen

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