Develop a strong foundation to confidently take on a management role. You’ll focus specifically on:
To earn this degree, you will complete General Education courses plus 21 credit hours specific to your Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership degree:
Designed to familiarize students with communication skills in a variety of organizational, business and professional settings. Practice in planning and doing oral presentations effectively.
This course will highlight the changes taking place in the world of integrated marketing communications – the process of communicating to promote products, services, and ideas. No longer is it just print or broadcast images connecting with audiences; skilled marketers must understand the importance of social media and the power of the audience. COMM 231 will introduce you to the communication tools, techniques, and media that practitioners use to design strategies to connect with audiences.
General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.
Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.
A broad background is essential for leaders in today's organizations. This course and its companion, Fundamentals of Leadership II, are intended to give dual credit students, AS and Bachelor degree candidates experience for the full range of issues faced by leaders at all levels. Principles of conflict resolution, various leadership theories, processes, functions, skills, styles and philosophies, as well as contemporary motivational methods will be considered. Elements of leading technology professionals and other specialists will also be included. Through class discussions and course materials, students will receive key aspects of generalist leadership to enable them to grasp and resolve organizational operations issues.
This course builds on material covered in LDST 260, Fundamentals of Leadership I, and provides dual credit, AS and Bachelor degree candidates an additional opportunity to explore issues applicable to leaders at all levels. Using leadership theories and methods to deal with group dynamics and other behavioral issues with an emphasis on the things effective managers and leaders do to ensure success, along with current contemporary issues such as discrimination, harassment, disabilities, benefits, and appearance in the workplace. An introduction to corporate social responsibility and the need for diversity and consideration of cultural differences in organizations will also be included. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, key legal issues and ethical principles of leadership will be covered. Through course materials and discussions, students will receive essential components of generalist leadership to equip them to excel in today’s organizations. Self- reflective discussion and writing will be included in the learning process.
A Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Studies is also available.
Jobs in management occupations are projected to grow 6.9% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $104,240. The average wage for management occupations in Missouri specifically is $106,760.
Some fields may require additional specialized training or certification. You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Studies to increase your professional opportunities. An Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership Studies degree gives you a solid base to pursue jobs in fields like: