Leadership, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mondays-Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:50 PM, online

Live Online Access: https://zoom.us/j/6560275446?pwd=Q3Y1Vk5jZ2lXY1I4QkNxem9Bb1dCQT09 Zoom Meeting ID: 656 027 5446 Passcode: udc

Student Support: Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support

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

Course Readings:


The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053, W. Edwards Deming

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

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 Today, ISBN: 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

Date[1], Session[2]

Project Due

Additional Theme


Week 1:

Mon, Sep 7, –

Wed, Sep. 9, #1

Labor Day Observance (University Closed)


Week 2:

Mon, Sep 14, #2

Wed, Sep. 16, #3

Syllabus and other Q&A

Assignment 0-A: books

“How Are We Doing?”

class discussion of leadership principles and values

Definition of Leadership

Leadership Roles

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

Assignment 0-B: voting

Discussion of Good & Bad Leaders

Week 3:

Mon, Sep. 21, #4

Wed, Sep. 23, #5

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

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations, case study

Deming – 1

Milgram – 1, 2

Machiavelli – 1-6

Productive Narcissist

Harvey – Feedback

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

Week 4:

Mon, Sep. 28, #6

Wed, Sep. 30, #7

Paper 1

Leadership Decision-Making

Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-Making

(in UDC Library on Reserve)

Milgram – 3, 4

Machiavelli – 7, 8

Week 5:

Mon, Oct. 5, #8

Wed, Oct. 7, #9

Movie: Challenger (case study)

Leadership Case Study

Systems Analysis, Binds of the Organization, Defects, Accountability, case study of defects

Deming – 2

Milgram – 5, 6

Machiavelli – 9, 10, 11

Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership

Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole

Deming – 3

Milgram – 7

Leadership across sequential crises

Machiavelli – 12, 13

Week 5:

Mon, Oct 12, –

Wed, Oct, 14, #10

Columbus Day Observance (University Closed)

Term Project Topic Discussion

Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Week 7:

Mon, Oct. 19, #11

Wed, Oct. 21, #12

Team Forming, Topic Selection, & Project Work

Deming – 4

Machiavelli – 14, 15

Paper 2

Building a Social Business

Structure of the Organization

Deming – 5

Milgram – 8, 9, 10

Machiavelli – 16-18

Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

Week 8:

Mon, Oct. 26, #13

Wed, Oct. 28, #14

Movie: Food Inc. and Tyson Foods (case study)

Building a Social Business

Deming – 6

Milgram – 11

Machiavelli – 19

Case Study, Ethical and Social Responsibility

Discussion/Case of a Black Swan Presented

Building a Social Business

Milgram – 12

Machiavelli – 20

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Video Lecture 2: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class)

Week 9:

Mon, Nov. 2, #15

Wed, Nov. 4, #16

Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

Machiavelli – 21

Milgram – 13

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Week 10:

Mon, Nov. 9, #17

Wed, Nov. 11, –

Leadership Theories and Application: Thinkers and Practitioners

Machiavelli – 21

Veteran’s Day Observance (University Closed)

Week 11:

Wed, Nov. 16, #18

Wed, Nov. 18, #19

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Exams 2 & 3

Obedience to Authority

Milgram – 13

Leadership Theories: W. Edwards Deming

General Review

Machiavelli – 22, 23

Milgram – 14

Machiavelli – 25

Video Lecture 3: Leadership in Times of Crises (additional make-up class)

Week 12:

Mon, Nov. 23, #20

Wed, Nov. 25, #21

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Milgram – 15

Machiavelli – 26

Week 13:

Mon, Nov. 30, #22

Wed, Dec. 2, #23

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 14:

Mon, Dec. 7, #24

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 15:

Mon, Dec. 14, #25

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)

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

[2] UDC Academic Calendar: www.udc.edu/registrar/academic-calendars

[3] All assigned reading is due before class; for a complete required reading list, please visit the class’ website at www.SergeyIvanov.org (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.

Professor's Contact Information:

(202) 274-7040


Skype: sergeygw