Spring 2019: HLD 121US
Leadership Foundations: Sections 1 & 2
Course Credits: 3

Instructor: Stephanie Lindsay, PhD 
Office Location: Reid 242
Email: [email protected]   
Phone: 406-994-2016                                      

Regular Office Hours, Spring 2019: Tuesday & Thursday, 1-3 PM
Special appointments can be made at least two (2) days in advance.


Regular Class Meetings:
Section 1: T&R, 9:25-10:40 AM
Section 2: T&R, 10:50 AM-12:05 PM
Meeting Building & Room: Wilson 1-153

Spring Break:
Begins officially on Monday, March 18, and ends on Friday, March 22. No classes held during this time, but MSU offices are open.

Final Exams:
Section 1: May 1, 4-5:50 PM, Wilson 1-153

Section 2: April 29, 12-1:50 PM, Wilson 1-153

(NOTE: This schedule was current as of late Fall 2018. Check for updates on final exams schedule on the Registrar's page Final Schedules

Do not make travel plans without first checking to see when your last final exam for the semester is scheduled.

Course Description:
Regardless of one’s chosen field of study, the consequences of our endeavors ultimately boil down to how we lead and follow.  This course is designed to awaken each student’s leadership and followership potential using foundational principles and theories from the social sciences, arts, and humanities as they apply to leadership and leader development. Leadership Foundations provides students with opportunities to critically examine and engage on multiple levels—physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually—what it means to lead and follow in the 21st century.

Catalog Description:
This CORE-approved, face-to-face, and web-enhanced seminar provides students with the opportunity to develop essential understandings of leading and following through readings and experiential learning in and out of the classroom. This is an introductory and required course for students interested in obtaining the MSU Leadership Fellows Certificate, but all students interested in leadership and leader development are welcome.

About the Leadership Fellows Certificate Program:
The Leadership Fellows Certificate Program is housed within MSU’s Education Department, in the College of Education, Health and Human Development. However, all MSU students, regardless of their program(s) of study, are eligible to earn a Leadership Fellows Certificate. HLD 121US, Leadership Foundations, in addition to being an approved CORE seminar course, is a required core course for the LFCP. All students must pass with a “C” or better in HLD 121US to continue in the program. 

College of Education, Health and Human Development Diversity Statement:
The College of Education, Health and Human Development is committed to an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion of all individuals in our college and the MSU community. EHHD has an imperative to prepare all individuals within the college to be successful in a diverse world, and to be aware of power differentials, oppression, and privilege within society. We believe that each student, staff, and faculty member should feel welcomed and valued for their contributions to the educational process in all areas of teaching and learning, research, and service in the MSU community and beyond.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Students learn, understand, and apply basic concepts and models, principles and theories from the social sciences and humanities to develop on the individual level positive, life-affirming ways of leading and following.
  • Students use these foundational tenets to inform their own leader development and personal expression of leading and following in ways that honor all humanity.
  • Students are able to think, communicate, and write critically on the three dimensions of leading and following: leader/follower as a person; leader/follower within organizational systems; and the global leader/follower.
  • In pairs or small teams, students identify, engage in, and report on a service learning activity of their choosing.
  • Students will conceptualize and write two papers that reflect critical thinking regarding (1) the future they are creating now; and (2) their own personal leadership philosophy and plan and strategy for the future
  • Students begin to develop the self-agency to be actively engaged change agents in and out of the classroom.


CORE Seminar Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking abilities
  • Prepare and deliver one or more effective oral presentation
  • Demonstrate analytical, critical, and creative thinking in written communication


Required Text:

Daft, R. L. (2017). The leadership experience (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

This textbook may be purchased from MSU’s bookstore used for $103.25 or new for $137.65. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase a rented, digital version of the book directly from the publisher for $39.49. The rental is good for approximately four (4) months.

General Course Information & Requirements:
Attendance: Attendance of each class meeting is worth five (5) points.  There are 30 scheduled classes for sections 1 and 2 for a possible total attendance points of 150. Consistent and timely attendance is mandatory. There are no excused absences unless as approved by MSU and other policies listed in this syllabus (see below). Two or more unexcused absences is cause for concern, and students will receive written communication from the teacher alerting them to this concern.  Students missing more than two (2) unexcused classes will be referred to the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success. Unsanctioned cell phone or device use and/or doing other course homework during class meetings will result in being marked absent.

Weekly Lesson Plans: Weekly lesson plans can be found in Brightspace. To find lesson plans outlining assignments and activities for each week, log in to Brightspace, click on the Contents, then click on “Week by Week Lesson Plans.” It is your responsibility to read the weekly lesson plans ahead of time. This will help you to stay current and not get behind in the course.

Brightspace Online Posts: Throughout the semester, students will be required to log into Brightspace discussions and submit online posts. Plan ahead. These posts are foundational to weekly discussions and are directly and indirectly related to the week’s assigned reading and topic. Most, but not all, online posts will be due on the Monday of each week, at 12 Noon. This will allow the instructor time to read the posts before class meets on Tuesday. Always check to make sure when posts are due.

Consistent, Engaged Classroom Discussion: Throughout the semester, you will be required to read from the Daft textbook and watch, read, or listen to additional digital material. Each student is expected to engage in and contribute meaningfully to all class discussions relative to all assigned reading and media. You will be graded upon active class participation and substantive contributions to class discussions. Your grade in this area will be determined by both your peers and the instructor.

Papers: Two papers are due during the semester.  The first paper is a reflection paper titled “The Future I am Creating Now.”  This first paper will be foundational to the second paper, which will be titled “My Personal Leadership Philosophy & Action Plan.”

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Presentations: During weeks 11-15, the classroom is flipped and students groups design, implement, and teach a variety of leadership topics. There are three (3) assignments associated with this project including (1) Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Lesson Plan; (2) Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Documentation; and (3) Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Presentations.

Mini-Service Learning Project: In pairs, trios, or small groups, students will identify and engage in one service learning project outside of the classroom. This project may be done on the MSU campus, in Bozeman, or in the larger Gallatin Valley community.  Students may invent their own service learning project (confer with the instructor to ensure that the activity is, in fact, genuine service learning) or they may volunteer in for- and non-profit organizations (such as Heart of the Valley or Cancer Support Community) for not less than four (4) hours total service.  In dyads or in groups, students will give 16-18 minute oral presentations using presentation applications such as, but not limited to, PowerPoint, Prezi, or PowToon to describe and narrate their project to their peers. This presentation is your final exam and will be given during final exam week.


Assignment Due Dates: 


Due Dates

Online Contributions

Eight (8) online posts are due during Weeks 1 (this one is due before our first meeting of the semester and is listed under the “Assignments” category), 4, 5 (there are 2 separate posts this week), 6, 7, 8, and 9. Late submissions will not be read and will be given a “0.” No exceptions. Do not request special consideration.

Paper 1: The Future I Am Creating Now

February 20, Wednesday, 12:01 AM

Service Learning Basic Information

March 9, Friday, 12:01 AM

Personal Leadership Portrait

March 14 during class

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Lesson Plan

This is due no later than Saturday, March 16, 12:01 AM!!! BEFORE LEAVING FOR SPRING BREAK!!!

Paper 2: Personal Leadership Philosophy & Action Plan

April 17, Wednesday, 12:01 AM

Peer Teaching/Applied Teaching Documentation

Weeks 11-15

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Presentations

Weeks 11-15

Mini-Service Learning Project Presentation/Final Exam

Refer to your section’s exam on p. 1


Grading:                                                                                                                                Points

Attendance (30 @ 5 pts. per class @ 75 minutes per class)                                            150                  

Consistent, Engaged Classroom Discussion (graded by peers & instructor)               100

Online Contributions                                                                                                               80

Paper 1: The Future I Am Creating Now                                                                               50

Paper 2: Personal Leadership Philosophy & Action Plan                                                   75

Personal Leadership Portrait                                                                                                  50

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Lesson Plan                                                                  10     

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Documentation                                                          100

Peer Teaching/Applied Leadership Presentation                                                                  50

Final Exam: Service Learning Project Presentations                                                           100     

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS                                                                                                       675

NOTE: The service learning final exam presentation will be 16-18 minutes long. Points will be deducted for less than 16 minutes; points will be deducted for presentations that go over 18 minutes. Presentations that go over 18:30 will be terminated.

Attendance Policy:
Eighty percent of success is showing up (Woody Allen). The other 20% is following up (Anonymous).

Consistent, punctual attendance is expected and required. A significant portion of your final grade is determined by consistent attendance and engaged participation in class discussion. Late arrival and/or early departure from a class will result in full deduction of attendance points unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

A student officially representing MSU in athletic events, government, performance, or in similar official capacities, is entitled to the rescheduling of exams or important assignments due to required absences, only if a student has met the academic expectations outlined in section 310.00 of the Student Conduct Code. Students who do not meet academic expectations, however, may not be entitled to special accommodations. Students are expected to provide course instructors with official notification of the scheduled activity as early as possible, preferably at least ten (10) days in advance of the event.

In-Class Computer Usage:
You will be required to go online often during this semester. However, you are required to close laptops and/or turn off all electronic devices when not working on tasks specific to class activities.  You will need a device other than a cell phone to complete in-class work. Do not use a cell phone to class to do in-class activities. 

More about Cell Phones, Electronic Devices, and Other Issues:
The human brain cannot multitask.

When we engage with a cell phone or other electronic device (surfing, texting, checking/writing emails, working on non-HLD 121US homework assignments), we cannot be present to what is happening around us and cannot fully participate in the activity at hand. Genuine leadership and followership require fully engaged and mindful participation in the moment. When unsanctioned electronic device usage is noted by the instructor or students, you will be marked absent for that day’s class. This is non-negotiable. As a matter of courtesy to your own and others’ learning, as well as to the instructor, turn off and put away all cell phones, pagers, and any other communication and entertainment devices prior to entering the classroom.  Do not do other course homework in class. Keep all electronic devices turned off and stored away during class unless class activities require their usage.  Notify the instructor before class begins if you are monitoring an emergent or urgent situation (in this case your electronic devices should be switched to vibrate mode and you should quietly excuse yourself from class to receive the call). 

Accommodation Statement:
Disabled Student Services personnel determine eligibility for specific disability accommodations, assure the provision of approved accommodations, and provide direction, advice, and referral services for persons with verified disabilities. Students seeking accommodations for a disability must request services through Disabled Student Services, 180 Strand Union Building.  Students may also contact the Disabled Student Services office by phone: 406-994-2824; by TDD: 406-994-6701; by fax: 406-994-3943; or by email: [email protected] or [email protected].  For more information:  www.montana.edu/wwwres/disability

Academic Honesty:
The integrity of the academic process requires that credit be given where credit is due in written and oral communications. Accordingly, it is academic misconduct to present the ideas or works of another as one's own work, or to permit another to present one's work without customary and proper acknowledgment of authorship. Students may collaborate with other students only as expressly permitted by the instructor. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, the appropriate citation of sources, and the respect and recognition of others' academic endeavors. APA is the format and style preferred by MSU; as such, any oral and written assignments in Leadership Foundations require adherence to APA, 6th edition.

Academic Expectations/Student Responsibilities

  1. Be prompt and regular in attending classes
  2. Use only approved electronic devices as required by the instructor
  3. Be prepared for classes: Read all assigned readings and digital material
  4. Submit required assignments in a timely manner or expect a decrease in points for each day late; some assignments will be given a failing grade if submitted late
  5. Take exams when scheduled, unless rescheduled under 310.01
  6. Act respectfully toward other students and instructor so as not to detract from the learning experience
  7. Keep appointments and be punctual
  8. In addition to the above items, students are expected to meet any additional course and behavioral standards as defined by MSU, the instructor, and/or listed in the syllabus


Tutorial Services: SmartyCats Tutoring:
The Office of Student Success offers FREE one-on-one and small-group tutoring to MSU students through the SmartyCats Tutoring Program for numerous courses. SmartyCats Tutors are an invaluable resource for students who need extra help in passing courses required for their programs and career goals. SmartyCats Tutors help students clarify points from lectures, labs, discussions, and assigned readings.  Drop-in tutoring sessions for key courses are also available at convenient campus locations throughout the semester and prior to finals. To learn about the free tutoring program, visit www.msusmartycats.com.

MSU 101
For students who know they can and want to do better, MSU 101 offers valuable insights on how to “turn lemons into lemonade.” This workshop is offered several times each semester with the purpose of providing students with the tools they need to succeed at MSU.  Faculty and staff members share their tips on how to reach goals–both inside and outside the classroom.  Students will learn what is necessary to step back on track, and they are encouraged to take an active role in achieving their goals. We believe strongly in the usefulness of the MSU 101 experience, so much so that we will pay students to attend and participate in the event. To find out more: www.montana.edu/msu101

Students are encouraged to stop by the Office of Student Success to learn more about the ways to make the most of their time MSU. The Office of Student Success is located at 177 Strand Union Building and can be reached by calling 406.994.ROAR (7627), or by emailing: [email protected]  This is a dedicated and knowledgeable resource, ready and willing to support students at all points in their academic careers.

Other Information for Leadership Foundations:
One-on-one in-person or virtual appointments outside of my regular office hours can be made if you have concerns, need additional help, or just want to chat.  Availability for non-office hour meetings: Tuesday/Thursday (and sometimes Friday) afternoons 1-3 PM. Please give at least two days’ notice prior to your desired meeting day and time: Email: [email protected]