Summer 2020 - Leadership, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

Resources:                   Syllabus, Jerry Harvey's Definition of Cheating, Class Lecture - Whiteboard Notes

Class Meeting Times: Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30-8:50 PM, online

Live Online Access:,               Zoom Meeting ID:            656 027 5446

Student Support:       Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support

Office Hours:              Before/after class, and by appointment (online, day, evenings, and weekends)

Course Readings:

Required:  these books are also given to students free of charge as a collection of articles:

The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053, W. Edwards Deming
Obedience to Authority, ISBN: 006131983X, Stanley Milgram (free on Google), free downloadable PDF (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Prince (click for free download), Niccolo Machiavelli (free on Google Books)


On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon (in UDC Library on Reserve), free access online, Chapter – 3 (large font)
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to TodayISBN: 1594204047, Thomas E. Ricks
A General Theory of Bureaucracy, ISBN: 0435824783, Elliott Jaques
Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. Edwards Deming (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Broken Heart: The Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 0465007694, James J. Lynch
A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Principles of Scientific Management, ISBN: 0393003981, Frederick Taylor
Organization, ISBN: 0140217606, Wilfred Brown
Swatting Flies and Telling Lies: Stories of a Mad Organizational Consultant, Jerry B. Harvey
Executive Leadership: A Practical Guide to Managing Complexity, ISBN: 0962107018, Elliott Jaques, Stephen D. Clement
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, ISBN: 0140187650, Hannah Arendt
Escape from Freedom, ISBN: 0805031499, Erich Fromm
Our Own Worst Enemy, ISBN: 0708840388, Norman F. Dixon
How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? And Other Meditations on Management, ISBN: 0787947873, Jerry Harvey
The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace, ISBN: 0684848589, M. Scott Peck
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, ISBN: 0684848597, M. Scott Peck
Requisite Organization, ISBN: 1886436045, Elliott Jaques
Social Power and the CEO, ISBN: 1567205518, Elliott Jaques
Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails, ISBN: 1422104141, Michael Maccoby
The Leaders We Need, ISBN: 1422101665, Michael Maccoby
Accountability Leadership: How to Strengthen Productivity Through Sound Managerial Leadership, ISBN: 1564145514, Gerald A. Kraines
The Art of War, ISBN: 0195014766, Sun Tzu (author), Samuel Griffith (translator)
The Age of Fallibility, ISBN: 1586483595, George Soros
The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, ISBN: 0674940520, Alfred D. Chandler Jr.
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory--A Clear Explanation that Anyone Can Understand, ISBN: 0517029618, Albert Einstein
Man's Search for Meaning, ISBN: 0807014273, Viktor E. Frankl
Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality, ISBN: 0415092353, Richard G. Wilkinson
Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs, ISBN: 1586488244, Muhammad Yunus
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, ISBN: 0307473333, Michio Kaku
The Prophet, ISBN: 0394404289, Kahlil Gibran



Project Due

Additional Theme



Week 1:


Mon, June 29

Syllabus and other Q&A



Language, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources

Banning Laptops


Wed, July 1

Paper 1


“How Are We Doing?”
class discussion of leadership principles and values
Definition of Leadership
Leadership Roles

Discussion of Good & Bad Leaders

Leadership Values & Crises (read any recent article and discuss in class)

Video Lecture 1: Feararchy and Organizations (additional make-up class)


Week 2:


Mon, July 6

Assignment 0-B: voting
Movie: Race for Berlin[4]


Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations and Society, case study

Harvey – Cheating

The Battle for Berlin


Wed, July 8

Paper 2

Leadership Characteristics, case study

 Dixon – 3 (large font)

Video Lecture 2: Leadership in Times of Crises (additional make-up class)


Week 3:


Mon, July 13


Leadership Characteristics, case study continued



Wed, July 15

Great Book Credit Selection Deadline

Leadership Accountability

Deming – 1-3


Week 4:


Mon, July 20


Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 1-6


Wed, July 22


Term Project Topic Discussion

EJ Levels with You
Long View of Lead

Video Lecture 3: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class)


Week 5:


Mon, July 27

Exams 2 & 3

General Review


Wed, July 29

Exam 1

Remember Assignment 0-B: voting



Week 6:


Mon, Aug 3


Presentations – great book extra credit

Team / Individual Project Work & Review



Wed, Aug 5

Paper 3 (final version)


Presentations – paper 3 term project

[1] Dates and topics on the syllabus may change slightly to accommodate the class’ needs.

[3] All assigned reading is due before class; for a complete required reading list, please visit the class’ website at (all articles are posted as PDF files on the class web site – italicized above).

[4] All movies used in class are mini-movies on a specific topic to encourage and enhance the class conversation.