How does popular society influence our ideas of leadership today? Popular conceptions of what it means to be a leader can be found in film, television, YouTube, books, graphic novels, visual art, music, and any other medium you can imagine. In this course, you will look at a few examples to see if these pop culture mediums help or impede our understanding of leadership. By closely considering and studying popular culture ideas on leadership, you will begin to understand the influence these mediums have over people’s thinking and attitudes. You may not be able to change other people’s ideas, but being aware of some of the sources behind their ideas could work to your advantage in arts leadership. The analysis and application of popular ideas of leadership will help bare relevance to your own leadership style.
This course will also explore the impact of popular culture on creative careers through the job search process. You will read recommendations on how to construct a resume for a creative professional, see examples of creative interpretations of today’s resume for artists, and begin to construct your own resume by first conducting an analysis of skills of a popular fictional character.
Through this course, you will be able to:
• Become familiar with some popular culture conceptions of leadership.
• Analyze popular cultures conceptions on leadership and their potential influence and impact, including their relevance on your own leadership ideas and style.
• Learn resume tips for creative professionals.
• Analyze your own skills relative to the leadership influences of popular culture.
• Construct a creative professional resume.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
Required textbook - Bolden, R., Gosling, J., Hawkins, B., & Taylor, S. (2011). Exploring leadership: individual, organizational, and social perspectives (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Required textbook - Brindle, M & DeVereaux, C (2011). The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0765617422.
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.