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Course Description

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Using an integrated approach to studying leadership, this foundation course covers history, evolving theories, models, and research both from a theoretical point of view and practical application. This course will use a seminar style with applied workshops, class discussions, guest speakers, and student participation. Students will prepare elements of a skills portfolio and a research paper. This is a required course for the Certificate in Leadership.

Note: This course may be taken individually or as a part of a certificate or diploma program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the learner will be able to: 

  1. Explain the development of current and historical leadership theories and concepts through discussions and content quizzes;
  2. Apply leadership theories and concepts to real-life and/or simulated situations and/or persons through discussions, activities and group work;
  3. Analyze and critically reflect on your own leadership experiences and expectations through a personal leadership portfolio, activities and discussions; and
  4. Create a Personal Leadership Portfolio (PLP) that allows you to critically reflect upon and assess your leadership development to date, as well as opportunities for future development.

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals
  • Leadership Traits and Skills
  • Leadership Styles and Approaches
  • Leadership Behaviour
  • Leadership Issues

Additional Requirements

Equate(s): BUS*2010

Restriction(s): UNIV*2000


Assessment Item Weight
Weekly Quizzes 10%
Bi-Weekly Discussions  30%
Weekly Personal Leadership Portfolio 30%
Group Project 30%
Total 100%


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Foundations of Leadership
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Leadership Theory and Practice by Peter G. Northouse © 2019 Sage Publications 8th edition ISBN 9781506362311
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