ARBB 1011 - Leadership Basics and Sustainable Leadership

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As the world’s population grows, so grows the need for more leaders in all disciplines and industries. It is important to understand leadership at its core before application into the arts management field. In this course, you will learn basic ideas on leadership through the views of two leadership experts. You will be introduced to the concept of “wicked problems”, how leaders are made not born, and the significant difference between managers and leaders.

Once you explore leadership basics, you’ll look beyond the basics to sustainable leadership. Learn definitions of sustainable leadership, models and theories behind how sustaining leadership comprises of reflexivity (self-awareness) to move an organization toward transformational change. Sustainable leadership consists of two parts: sustainability of the individual leader and sustainability at the organizational level. This course explores sustainable leadership as both an adoption of leadership strategies that lead to the sustainability of one’s own organization to assure a long and successful life of that organization, and a leadership style, one that assists an individual to pursue sustainability in effectively leading the members of an organization. Leaders must develop strategies for the long term health of their organizations to lead in ways that sustain the members of their organization and those individual’s abilities to be effective in their own right.

Through this course, you will be able to:
• Analyze attributes of leadership and management relevant to arts management settings.
• Identify wicked problems verses tame problems.
• Identify key characteristics of sustainable leadership.
• Evaluate the merits of differing models of sustainable leadership.
• Make comparisons between concepts of sustainable leadership and other concepts of leadership and management.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbooks and Materials

Required texbook - Bolden, R., Gosling, J., Hawkins, B., & Taylor, S. (2011). Exploring leadership: individual, organizational, and social perspectives (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Required texbook - Bennis, W. (2009). On Becoming a Leader. Basic Books.


Constance DeVereaux

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In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.