LEAP 500 - Leadership in the Arts

  • 3 credits
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An enduring question regarding leadership is whether it comes naturally to only some individuals or is it developed by habit through practice, or is it something that can be learned. In the arena of arts management and policymaking, the question is more important given the dynamic nature of the arts and their profile in contemporary society.

This course takes as its purpose the development of leadership principles and skills through theoretical exploration and practical application. Students will encounter important leadership theories for learning and reflection, methods for studying and applying leadership, and opportunities through peer interaction to develop their own capacities for leadership in local and international art systems. Student seeking leadership career positions or who wish to augment their leadership acumen will find this course particularly useful.

This course can be applied toward:


Senior or graduate standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Exploring Leadership (2011)
    Bolden, R., Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S.
    ISBN: 978-0199547661
  • Leadership Theory and Practices, 7th Ed.
    Northouse, P. G.
    ISBN: 978-1483317533
  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010)
    Grint, K.
    ISBN: 978-0199569915