BUS 434 - Psychology of Leadership

The seminar will introduce students to what is known about relating to others in personal, social, and especially, business situations. Of particular note is the means by which strong relationships foster leadership competencies and professional acumen that can be brought to bear in driving organizational change. Students will read the pertinent literature from a variety of sources including scholarly journals and popular publications. They will examine and evaluate the information available about the importance of relationships as it relates to succeeding and leading in the workplace especially as viewed through the perspective of locus of control or how individuals view the connection between how they behave and what happens to them. The class will focus on the skills involved in how relationships progress from choice to beginning to deepening and to ending. Using Emory as an example of a location in which to form organizationally- facilitated relationships, the seminar will especially examine endings as the pivotal learning point. The crucial management skills necessary to successfully make transitions from one phase of a relationship to another for oneself and for others will be presented with an emphasis on the special role that nonverbal communication plays in that process. Students will survey literature, keep a relationship diary of their own ending at Emory, read and lead a discussion of at least three recent research studies on aspects of relating as they relate to personal and business situations, and work with a team to present one of the seven important modes of nonverbal communication. By the end of the seminar students will understand how relationships operate in their own and other people’s lives and be able to apply that knowledge to not only their personal growth but also to their development as business leaders.


  • Principles of Organization and Management