In this course, we will explore new ways of thinking about leadership and collaboration and provide practical skills to apply to our leadership roles and teamwork in the community. Every day, students at Newark Academy work in teams in athletics, clubs, arts endeavors, and the classroom. In corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings, too, daily work involves leading collaboratively in fluid teams where expertise, communication, and vision are often just as important as authority. Put another way, giving someone a leadership position does not make that person a leader! This course starts with the premise that classic lessons of leadership are important but no longer sufficient for success in today's fast-paced, fast-changing, and interconnected world. We will use short readings, fiction, TED Talks, and leadership testimonials to explore the skills and ideas that today's leaders need.
Team projects, case studies, leadership games, and role-playing activities will help us learn on the job. Students in this course will gain greater self-awareness, sharpen their communication skills, increase their awareness of social justice issues and ethical leadership, and learn to leverage their strengths. Finally, we will form teams to develop solutions to real-world problems identified by the class. A field trip to the High Line in Manhattan will provide a model for this process. We will examine how that project emerged from local needs and desires and ask how leaders of the project collaborated to create the final product. Did it accomplish its mission? Through this combination of real-world lessons and leadership practice, we will each develop our own leadership style, deepen our understanding of how leadership can improve our communities and increase social justice, and ultimately positively impact our school and home communities.
Final Assessments/Products: group project and presentation proposing a solution to a difficult adaptive challenge
Short title (transcript): Leadership in the 21st Century