• CSBS 200 – Introduction to Leadership – 3 Credits
    Online Course at Garfield-Palouse High School 

    This course is a collaborative product developed by Dr. Robert L. Bartlett, Dr. Jeffrey L. Stafford, and Hannah R. Seagrave in cooperation with Eastern Washington University.  We interweave each of our unique perspectives throughout the course to provide you with a multi-faceted understanding of the diversity within the study of leadership.  


    Instructor: Scott Thompson                                    Email: sthompson@garpal.net


    If you need immediate assistance, please call 509-878-1921 ext. 265 or you may simply email me if the matter is not urgent.


    Office Hours:
    Monday through Friday 8:00am to 11:00 am.  The best way to contact me is via email.  I can also be reached by phone if email will not be sufficient.  Finally, Google Meets could be used to work through any problem students may be having.  My goal is to assist you the best way I can.


    Communication Expectations: GOOGLE MEETS LIVE STREAM TIME IS 1:00 PM DAILY

    I prefer students to email me and will respond to your questions, comments, and/or concerns within 24 hours. Please use your Gar-Pal email account to increase and maintain security, as well as consistency.  I send class announcements through Google Classroom, and that is where you will find all course materials and assignments.



    An introduction to basic leadership skills, this course will cover models in a variety of areas such as communication, decision making, problem solving, time management, conflict resolution and ethics.


    Additional Description/Rationale

    Most definitions of leadership reflect the assumption that it involves the following: a process whereby intentional influence is exerted by one person over other people to guide, structure, and facilitate activities and relationships in a group or organization; to influence others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it; and, to facilitate individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives.  The position held during this course is that leadership occurs only when people are influenced to do what is ethical and beneficial for the organization, community, State, Nation, or themselves.  The underlying challenge we are interjecting is the deliberate and intentional intent to do no harm! 


    This course is an introduction to leadership.  We will cover a variety of leadership areas such as: finding your voice as a leader; understanding the other; hope; the importance of unlearning; trust; reconciliation and forgiveness; leading quietly; cross cultural leadership; the lives of individual leaders; and traditional and nontraditional models of leadership.


    The vision or purpose of this course is to help you, the student, to critically examine what you have been taught about leadership as well as who you are as a person and to discover what your gifts and talents are.  It is our position that anyone can learn basic LEADERSHIP skills, but not everyone does the initial hard self-work.  This introductory course to the Leadership Certificate focuses on personal leadership in your life and in any group setting.  You will be exposed to new ways to learn and think about leadership while being exposed to some leadership theory. 





    • To identify various approaches to leadership
    • To develop your own personal leadership approach
    • To apply your leadership approach to real-world leadership experiences.


    Additional Course Goals

    1. To further develop your understanding of leadership; You will learn some of the major and minor leadership theories;


    1. To develop an increased awareness or sensitivity to factors which facilitate effective leadership; You will be able to recognize these factors in yourself and others;


    1. To gain and hone your own leadership style and to assist others in finding theirs;


    1. To develop increased confidence in your own communication abilities in a leadership context;


    1. To develop criteria for value clarification and ethical decision making; You will be able to understand the process of ethics in organizations and the notion that Leadership is ethical by definition;


    1. To improve your ability to think about questions, conceptualize, and analyze situations/problems;


    1. To have fun, be challenged, and enjoy the learning process.




    The assignments in this class are designed to achieve the goals for the course.  Article readings, recorded lectures, discussions, and exercises will not only provide you with information about major concepts, but will allow you the opportunity to experience the concepts.  The focus will be on an active learning process which will be greatly facilitated by your efforts and participation.  Therefore, your thoughtful engagement and discussion responses are of utmost importance.


    You will earn grades based on both attempts at and evidence of (1) understanding of conceptual material, (2) the ability to apply skill sets for application, and (3) the ability to differentiate when, where, and how to apply knowledge and skill sets.  Assignments, class exercises and discussions will all facilitate the process of taking conceptual topics presented and integrating them into your leadership action plan. 


    The primary goal of the instructors and the class is to be informative, interesting, challenging, and fun.  We provide students with equal opportunities.  Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or specific needs.  Engaging lectures, readings, films, and assignments will be provided as well as PowerPoint presentations and Canvas postings to foster meaningful class discussions and develop understanding.  Your active participation will help to facilitate this for you and your classmates. You will interact with this material via Google Classroom.




    No textbook is required for this class.  Several reading and multimedia materials are provided on Canvas.



    1. PARTICIPATON: Discussions are our primary learning tool.  You will be expected to post and respond to your classmates with meaningful insights/questions/reflections.  Less than full engagement will result in loss of points.  The number of times that you participate is not as important as the quality of your participation.  There are also assignments which you will be required to submit in order to pass this class.  I will be taking daily attendance, and it is important that you are in class, or access the on-demand component if you cannot make the live-steam portion for that day.


    1. NEATNESS COUNTS: You will be expected to do a professional job on your assignments.  We expect assignments to be turned in just as you would to the supervisor of a job you might have after receiving your degree.  Please put forth your best effort on all assignments, proof, edit, revise, and submit. 



    1. EXAMINATIONS: There are no exams for this class.  There may be several short quizzes throughout the term.  If we have quizzes, the calculation of your final grade will be adjusted.  A large portion of your grade will require you complete weekly assignments, and participate in discussions.


    1. TIMELINESS: Students are expected to turn in all assignments and major projects on time. I do understand that this is the first time that we are learning solely in a remote setting, and I am willing to be flexible in many cases.  I know that connectivity may be an issue for some, and so we will do our best to make sure all students have access, and can complete their work in a timely manner.


    1. PLAGIARISM: Academic Integrity is the cornerstone of the university.  Any student who attempts to gain an unfair advantage over other students by violating the Academic Integrity policy may be reported to the university and may receive a sanction up to and including XF for the course, suspension, or expulsion from the university.  For more information, please refer to EWU’s Academic Integrity Policy.



    1. NEED ASSISTANCE: We are committed to providing support for students with disabilities. 
      If you are a student with physical, learning, emotional, or psychological disabilities needing an accommodation, please contact us so that we can make arrangements to facilitate the learning process.  We also encourage you to stop by Disability Support Services (DSS), TAW 124 or
      call 509-359-6871.


    1. EWU offers many additional support services for students including: Academic Advising, Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Online Tutoring, Library Services, and the Writing Center, as well as others. Please visit EWU student resources for more information.


    1. HAVE FUN!!!



    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Eastern Washington University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws. 

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Eastern Washington University adheres to affirmative action policies to increase the number and retention of students and employees from historically underrepresented groups.

    EWU Student Learning CommonS: In recognition that people learn in a variety of ways and that learning is influenced by multiple factors (e.g., prior experience, study skills, learning disability), resources to support student success are available on campus and online. The Student Learning Commons, a one-stop shop, which assists students with academic and career related services, is located in the JFK Library on the EWU Campus and many services are also available online. Students who think they might benefit from these resources can find out more about:

    • Course-level support (e.g., faculty member, departmental resources, etc.) by asking your instructor.
    • University-level support (e.g., tutoring services, university writing services, disability services, academic coaching, career services, and/or facets of curriculum planning) by visiting the Student Learning Commons or by going to https://www.ewu.edu/learning-commons.


    EWU Accreditation: As an institution, Eastern Washington University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). EWU has been continuously accredited since 1919.



    90-100%                denotes Superior & Excellent Work

    80-89                     denotes Above Average Work

    70-79                     denotes a Demonstration of Competency

    60-69                     denotes Below Average Work

    57 and below         denotes Failing Work


    As of Fall 2018, all EWU courses are graded with letters.  Letter grades and their numerical equivalents are provided below for your reference.

    A           4.0                        C        ≥2.0
    A-       ≥3.7                        C-       ≥1.7
    B+      ≥3.3                         D+      ≥1.3
    B        ≥3.0                         D        ≥1.0
    B-       ≥2.7                         D-       ≥0.7
    C+      ≥2.3                         F          0.0

    Progress:  Your instructor will keep you informed of your progress in the class via a grade report updated on Google Classroom.  You are responsible for checking Google Classroom, or Skyward for class information and to monitor your own course progress.  Please see the approximate schedule for this term at the end of this syllabus. 




    Modules:  Over the course of the semester we will cover the following modules.  Students will also choose a book on leadership to read and reflect on


    1. Introduction, course orientation, registration process.  Introduce yourself!
    2. Leadership Journey – Who are your leaders? What is the make-up of a leader? Definition.
    3. Leadership, Self, and Culture: Place in Society-Decolonizing our Colonized Minds.
    4. Leadership Characteristics: Lessons from the Western Plains.  Invictus.  Leadership Models.
    5. Leadership Styles: Reluctant leaders.  Leadership Development:  Norma Rae
    6. Servant Leadership: Service of Life.  The Last Lecture.
    7. Situational Leadership: Impact of Leaders – Leaders in action.
    8. Relational Leadership: Relationship based theories and approaches. How would you lead?
    9. What defines your leadership? Social Justice – Reflective thoughts.
    10. Your Leadership Action Plan.



    I am not going to provide a week-to-week timeline and due dates due to the uncertain nature of starting the school year online, and in a remote format.  Google Classroom will provide everyone with assignments, due dates, and expectaions.