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Leadership Theory

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course broadly surveys the body of leadership literature with heavy emphasis on the major practical theories. All leadership theories are evaluated in the light of biblical reasoning.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Understanding leadership theory means that one must understand how to build and maintain trust, how to communicate a vision, and how to achieve shared goals. Applying the various concepts of leadership theory will equip any leader with essential tools that enable success in a professional setting.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the primary leadership theories and how these concepts can be applied in organizations.
  2. Recognize the similarities and differences between various leadership theories.
  3. Integrate biblical principles within the context of effective leadership.
  4. Write concise, well-documented, logical argumentation in current APA format.
  5. Successfully lead a team project—successfully manage, plan, and organize group activities in a virtual environment.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Canvas recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

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 1: Week 1.

Discussions (2)

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and incorporate at least 2 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ threads. The reply must be at least 200 words and must incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Discussion: Case Studies (4)

The student will be reviewing an assigned case study in four modules that relates to a specific leadership theory. There are TWO PARTS to this assignment, an initial post responding to specific questions for each case study plus a reply to the post of one classmate. Review the specific instructions for this assignment for details.  Each initial post must be at least 400 words and at least 2 citations. Your response to one classmate must be at least 150 words. APA formatting must be used in all posts.

Leadership Profile Assignments (4)

The student will complete 4 Leadership Profile Assignments. For each Leadership Profile Assignment, the student will complete the assigned questionnaires, reflect on his/her strengths and weaknesses, and then create an action plan for applying this information. Each Leadership Profile Assignment must be at least 300 words, contain at least 1 citation, and must conform to current APA format.

Leadership Journal Assignment (2)

The student will submit 2 Leadership Journal Assignment entries. For each entry, the student will answer the assigned questions by providing explanations as well as relevant examples. Each Leadership Journal Assignment entry must be no less than 350 words, contain at least 1 citation, and must conform to current APA format.

Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Draft Assignment

The Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. This assignment will allow students to submit a draft of the final submission and make any necessary edits prior to submitting the final assignment.

Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Assignment

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 2,000 words in current APA format that applies the leadership theories from the course to a leader from the Bible. The paper must include at least 8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussions (2 at 50 pts ea)


Discussion Case Studies (4 at 50 pts ea)


Leadership Profile Assignments (4 at 50 pts ea)


Leadership Journal Assignments (2 at 50 pts ea)


Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Assignment


Quiz: Northouse

(Modules 1–6)


Quiz: Kouses & Posner

(Modules 7–8)





Course Policies


For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, 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 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 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 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 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


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Course Overview
Student Acknowledgements

Course Requirements Checklist

Module 1: Week 1

Read: 4 items

Watch: 2 items


Leadership Profile: LTQ & Skills Inventory Assignment 

Discussion: Emotional Intelligence

Module 2: Week 2

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Leadership Journal: Credibility & Core Values Assignment

Module 3: Week 3

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Leadership Profile: Behavior & Situational Leadership Assignment 

Discussion: Trait Leadership Theory Case Study

Module 4: Week 4

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Leadership Profile: Path-Goal, LMX, & MLQ Assignment 

Discussion: Situational Leadership Case Study

Module 5: Week 5

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Leadership Profile: Following & Collaborative Team Assignment 

Discussion: Transformational Leadership Case Study

Module 6: Week 6

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Discussion: Interpersonal Leadership Case Study

Quiz: Northouse

Module 7: Week 7

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Draft Assignment 

Research Paper: Leaders from the Bible Assignment 

Module 8: Week 8

Read: 2 items

Watch: 1 item


Leadership Journal: Vision, Trust, & Positive Impact Assignment 

Discussion: Reflections on Leadership

Quiz: Kouzes & Posner