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The Performance of Leadership: Foundations

4th term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Gundula Bosch



There is a crisis of confidence in leadership felt all around the globe today. How can you positively impact this crisis with your leadership as your natural self-expression? And what IS your leadership as your natural self-expression? And how do you access your full potential as a leader? The class will be run as a "laboratory" where you get to discover yourself as a leader and your leadership as your natural self- expression.

Explores leader and leadership as one’s natural self-expression through the ontological/phenomenological model in which ontology is the study or science of the nature and function of being (as in “being a leader”), and phenomenology is the method of direct access used to study and research the nature and function of being (as in being’s impact on “exercising leadership effectively”). Introduces a new conversational domain and transformative learning paradigm for leadership. Encourages discovery through discussion, exercises, and assignments. Prepares students to develop the skills necessary to create positive, effective, and sustainable change.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop students' capacity to read, evaluate and apply ideas from weekly course readings
  2. Enable students to develop their self-expression and to generate occasions for themselves to master being an effective leader
  3. Provide tools for students to achieve significant breakthroughs in their academic, professional, and personal lives
  4. Develop the ability to gain access and influence as a leader on a larger stage
  5. Develop communication skills, authentic listening, and effective writing
  6. Engage in ontological learning and practice new ways of being and acting that equip students to exercise leadership in every aspect of their lives
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Discussion
  • 45% In-class Exercises
  • 25% Reflection
  • 20% Presentation(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be offered as part of the JHSPH R3 Graduate Science Initiative.