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Servant Leadership
BUSI-502

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course examines the concept of servant leadership from the perspective of leadership theory and applied biblical integration. The course will impart the philosophy of servant leadership.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is part of both the M.A.M.L. and M.B.A. degree programs and is designed to prepare the student for effective leadership in his/her profession by introducing key aspects of servant leadership from research literature and from Scripture. The student will be challenged not only to understand the key ideas associated with servant leadership but also to apply those ideas to his/her own life and to differentiate between a biblical approach to servant leadership and a secular approach.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of servant leadership in theory and practice.
  2. Identify basic principles of servant leadership defined by various authors.
  3. Analyze servant leadership theories.
  4. Correlate servant leadership relationships with business constructs.
  5. Compare and contrast servant leadership with biblical principles.
  6. Identify core practical attributes of servant leadership.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases 

Blanchard, K., Hodges, P., & Hendry, P. (2016). Lead like Jesus Revisited: Lessons for everyone from the greatest leadership role model of all time. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. ISBN: 9780718077259.

Blanchard, K., & Hodges, P. (2003). The servant leader: Transforming your heart, head, hands & habits. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. ISBN: 9780849996597.

Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great: Why some companies make the leap … and others don't. New York, NY: HarperCollins. ISBN: 9780066620992.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Blanchard, K. H. & Miller, M. (2014). The secret: What great leaders know and do (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. ISBN: 9781626561984.

Christiano, R. (Producer). (2002). Time changer [Motion Picture]. United States: Five & Two Pictures.

Greenleaf, R. K. (2002). Servant leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness (25th anniversary edition). Mahwah, NJ: Paulis Press. ISBN: 9780809105540.

Hybels, B. (2009). Courageous leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN: 97803140495956.

Rinehart, S. T. (1998). Upside down: The paradox of servant leadership. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress. ISBN: 9781576830796.

Wilkes, C. G. (1998). Jesus on leadership: Timeless wisdom on servant leadership. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN: 9780842318631.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. The Holy Bible

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the student will be assigned to a group for the Group Discussion Board Forums. In order to discuss the presentations, each group will be provided with a list of questions that must be answered. Each assigned question must be answered in a 350–400-word thread and discussed by each group member. Each group member will demonstrate meaningful interaction with 2 other members in replies of 200–250 words each. In addition to answering the assigned questions (and receiving an individual grade for it), each group will create a list of biblical criteria for servant leadership, which will then be used as part of the Biblical Integration paper.

Biblical Integration Project

Individual Paper

Each student in the group will first submit his/her own 750-word paper on the same topic. The paper requires citations in current APA format from the course reading, lecture presentations, and Scripture. The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Group Paper

Each group will then collaborate to create the larger paper. Each group will be required to present a 2,000–2,400-word assessment of servant leadership from a biblical perspective. The paper requires citations in current APA format from the course reading, lecture presentations, and Scripture. Each final paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Leadership Research Paper

This is an individual assignment. Each student will interview a servant leader of a large organization (NOTE: for the purpose of diversity, leaders from Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church are not eligible). The student will then write a 7–10-page research paper in current APA format with at least 15 outside scholarly sources as well as the required reading. The final paper will be submitted in SafeAssign.

Servant Leadership Journal

Each student will compose a journal by answering weekly assigned questions from the reading. Even though this assignment is due at the end of the course, it is highly recommended that the student works on it as he/she proceeds through the course.

Exams (3)

There are 3 open-book/open-note exams in this course. The exams will cover the textbook readings, Bible readings, and presentations. Each exam will have 25 multiple-choice questions and a 50-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Group Discussion Board Forums (3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Biblical Integration Project

 

        Individual Paper

100

        Group Paper

100

Leadership Research Paper

300

Servant Leadership Journal

50

Exams (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 502

Textbooks: Blanchard et al., Lead like Jesus Revisited (2016).

Blanchard & Hodges, The Servant Leader: Transforming Your Heart, Head, Hands & Habits (2003).

Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don't. (2001).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Blanchard, et al.: chs. 1–6, 12–15

Bible Readings

2 presentations

1 PDF

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Group DB Forum 1

Servant Leadership Journal

10

0

50

*

2

Blanchard & Hodges: pp. 8–41

Bible Readings

2 presentations

2 websites

Group DB Forum 2

Servant Leadership Journal

50

*

3

Blanchard & Hodges: pp. 42–83

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Biblical Integration Project – Individual Paper

Servant Leadership Journal

Exam 1

100

*

100

4

Blanchard & Hodges: pp. 84–125

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Biblical Integration Project – Group Paper

Servant Leadership Journal

100

*

5

Blanchard, et al.: chs. 7–11, 21–24

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Servant Leadership Journal

Exam 2

*

100

6

Blanchard, et al.: chs. 25–32

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3

Servant Leadership Journal

50

*

7

Collins: chs. 2–3

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Leadership Research Paper

Servant Leadership Journal

300

*

8

Servant Leadership Journal

1 presentation

Servant Leadership Journal

Exam 3

50

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*All components of the Servant Leadership Journal will be graded in Module/Week 8.

NOTE: Modules/Weeks 1-7 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Module/Week 8 begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.