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392393: Leadership Communication Strategies
MGMT-X 490.996

  • Summer 2023
  • Section 1
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/27/2023 to 09/12/2023
  • Modified 07/24/2023

Meeting Times


  • Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Pacific
  • UCLA Campus, Dodd Hall, Room 162

Format: In-Person 100%


This course is designed to improve interpersonal behaviors and communication skills for those in leadership roles with the goal of improving relationships, productivity, and the quality of work. Topics include a review of basic communication skills such as listening, self-disclosure, and methods of expression; more advanced skills such as nonverbal communication, influencing behaviors, addressing hidden agendas, and male/female communication in the workplace; conflict management skills; assertiveness; and responding to criticism.


During this course, you will:

  • Develop interpersonal skills that contribute to effective and satisfying personal, social and professional relationships,
  • Apply the various theories of interpersonal communication to issues of content, relationship, listening and questioning.
  • Analyze the basic roles and norms of interpersonal context and understand how they are established.
  • Practice career skills that are needed to succeed, such as using ethical tools, working collaboratively, observing business etiquette, and resolving workplace conflicts.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create and deliver business meetings that show competence in verbal and non-verbal communication skills, organization, and clarity of message,
  • Apply conflict resolution strategies to various professional scenarios to help diverse teams work cooperatively and productively together,
  • Identify types of stakeholders in various projects and how to address each,
  • Create and deliver digital communications effectively and efficiently.


The Leadership Experience

  • Author: Richard Daft
  • Publisher: Cengage Publishing
  • Edition: 8th, 2023
  • ISBN: 978-0-357-71630-4



Course Assignments and Grades

TOTAL: 100 Percent
Attendance 20%

Students are expected to attend class and be on time. For absences, students must contact instructor prior to class.

2 points are assigned each class for classes 2-11. Class 1 is a grace period as students are still adding/dropping the class.

Assignments 40%

Students shall complete weekly assignments. Full credit for quality work and on time. Partial credit for being late and/or lack of quality. Assignments to be uploaded to Canvas.

Midterm 20%

The Midterm is an individual take-home assignment. Midterm to be uploaded to Canvas.

Final 20%

The Final is a team take-home assignment. Each team shall receive an overall grade, and that grade will be assigned individually as well. Final to be uploaded to Canvas.


The following grading scale will be used in the course:

Grade Percentage
A+ 97-100%
A-  90-92.9%
B+  87-89.9%
B-  80-82.9%
C+  77-79.9%
C 73-76.9%
F <73%

Course Policies

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation are expected.  I won’t take attendance; however, you should note that attendance and grades are highly correlated in any class.  If you miss class, you will not be allowed to turn in assignments that were due in class for full credit or make up any quizzes or exams unless yours was a documented excused absence or other arrangements were made in advance with my permission.  Except in the very rare case of last minute emergencies (e.g.: you were hit by a car as you were walking to class and were taken to the emergency room), you should let your instructor know about any excused absences and make arrangements for making up any missed work in advance.

Late Work and Incomplete Grade Policy

Unless otherwise announced, all assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day that they are due.  You should NOT expect to be allowed to turn in assignments later in the day for full credit.  If you have problems with a printer, you must e-mail the assignment to me BEFORE class on the day that it is due if you want to receive credit for the assignment.  You will not be allowed to make up in-class assignments (including speeches and exams) unless you have a documented, excused absence. 

If possible, you should notify your instructor in advance in person or via e-mail if you are going to miss class and the reason for your absence.  It is your responsibility to provide written documentation from a third party of your emergency or excused absence.  Work-related absences, work in other classes, oversleeping, or meetings with other professors are not considered a personal emergency.  Because of time constraints in the class there is no guarantee that you can make up oral presentations, even if you have a documented personal emergency.  Incomplete grades will not be given in this class except in rare, extenuating circumstances.

Discussion Policy

To foster a learning environment that promotes safety and support while learning new concepts and ideas through discussion and trying out newly acquired skills, all students and the instructor will treat each other with respect and dignity. You are all entitled to your own views, perspectives, beliefs, and opinions and those unique facets of you should contribute to larger class discussions and interactions as well as group interactions. However, to facilitate positive contributions to this class, your comments and interactions within the classroom, as well as within your group, need to be respectful of your classmates and the differences we all bring. Any voiced opinion needs to be backed by evidence and respectfully shared with classmates. You should as well be open to viewing that opinion in a different light and from a different perspective (that does not mean you should adopt the different opinion as your own). 

Institutional Policies

All Grades are Final

No change of grade may be made by anyone other than the instructor, and then, only to correct clerical errors. No term grade except Incomplete may be revised by re-examination. The correction of a clerical error may be authorized only by the instructor of record communicating directly with personnel of Student and Alumni Services.


The interim grade Incomplete (I) may be approved for a student who has completed the majority of the course requirements, with passing quality (grade C or higher), but is unable to complete a small portion of the coursework by the course end date for good cause. For courses in which an Incomplete may be allowed, approval by the instructor of record and the academic program director is required. The Incomplete grade is not an option for courses that do not bear credit, such as 700, 800, or 900-level courses.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to petition for an Incomplete by emailing the appropriate academic program department at least one week before the end of the course. The Program Department will initiate the petition process once the email is received.
  • The student, the instructor, the CE/Program Director, and the program staff must complete the petition prior to the final course meeting or before the quarter end date. This process can take up to one week to complete. 
  • The instructor will approve or deny the request. The instructor will provide details on what the student needs to accomplish in order to complete the course, as well as a due date for submitting completed work. The due date cannot exceed the end of the ensuing quarter when a final grade must be reported or the Incomplete lapses to the grade “F,” “NP,” or “U.” Visit UCLA Extension Grading Scale for more information.  

An Incomplete allows the student to complete only work that is outstanding and does not allow prior completed work to be retaken or resubmitted.

Sexual Harassment

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates our policy.

All Extension students and instructors who believe they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to contact the Department of Student and Alumni Services for complaint resolution: UCLA Extension, 1145 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; Voice/TTY: (310) 825-7031. For more information, please view the University’s full Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.

Services for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, UCLA Extension provides appropriate accommodations and support services to qualified applicants and students with disabilities. These include, but are not limited to, auxiliary aids/services such as sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired individuals, extended time for and proctoring of exams, and registration assistance. Accommodations and types of support services vary and are specifically designed to meet the disability-related needs of each student based on current, verifiable medical documentation. Arrangements for auxiliary aids/services are available only through UCLA Extension’s Service for Students with Disabilities Office at (310) 825-7851 or by email at [email protected]. For complete information, please visit Accessibility and Disability Services.

Student Conduct

Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to academic dishonesty, such as cheating, multiple submission, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University; or behavioral misconduct, such as theft or misuse of the intellectual property of others, harassment, or disruption of the learning environment. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy and to report concerns.

Additional Items

Protecting Privacy and Data During Live Instruction

Live meeting sessions for this class, when applicable, are being conducted over Zoom. As the host, the instructor may be recording live sessions. Only the host has the ability to record meetings, no recording by other means is permitted. Recorded sessions will be posted in the Videos area of this class unless otherwise notified. Due to privacy, recordings are not available for download and are only accessible via Canvas for the duration of the class. If you have privacy concerns and do not wish to appear in the recording, do not turn on your video and/or audio. If you also prefer to use a pseudonym instead of your name, please let the instructor know what name you will be using so that the instructor knows who you are during the session. To rename yourself during a Zoom meeting, click on Participants, click on your name, click on More, click on Rename. If you would like to ask a question, you may do so privately through the Zoom chat by addressing your chat question to the instructor only (and not to ""everyone""). Additionally, chat may be used and moderated for live questions, and saving of chats is enabled. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact the instructor via Canvas Inbox.

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement between Zoom and UCLA Extension, the data is used solely for this purpose and Zoom is prohibited from re-disclosing this information. UCLA Extension also does not use the data for any other purpose. Recordings will be deleted when no longer necessary. However, recordings may become part of an administrative disciplinary record if misconduct occurs during a video conference.

Course and Instructor Evaluation

UCLA Extension values your feedback on course and instructor evaluations. We ask all students to take a few minutes to complete an end-of-course evaluation survey. Updates to the course and instruction are influenced by your feedback. Understanding your student experience is essential to ensure continuing excellence in the online classroom and is appreciated by your instructor and the UCLA Extension academic leadership.

Your participation in a survey is voluntary, and your responses are confidential. After instructors submit grades, they will be given an evaluation report, but this report will not contain your name.

About Your Online Course Materials

Please note the following about online course components at UCLA Extension:

  • Students must have basic computer skills, including the use of word processing software, email, and the ability to use internet browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the technical requirements of Canvas and familiarizing themselves with the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all assignments and work submitted, and to be aware of all assignments, due dates, and course guidelines.
  • Students have access to courses via Canvas for an additional 30 calendar days after the course end date listed in the syllabus (the first 14 days are full access; the rest are read-only).
  • Students are encouraged to download/print content throughout the duration of the course and before the additional 30-day access ends. No further access is possible after the course becomes unavailable.

    To download all your assignment submissions in Canvas, please refer to the online support guide. for more information or contact Canvas Support via the help menu within Canvas.

UCLA Extension Canvas and Learning Support

For immediate 24/7 Canvas technical support, including holidays, click on Help (located on the menu to the left) where you can call or chat live with a Canvas Support representative.

UCLA Extension Academic Technology and Learning Innovation
The UCLA Extension Learning Support staff assists both students and instructors with Canvas-related technical support, as well as general and administrative questions.

Learning Support staff is available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 9 PM (Pacific Time), except holidays:

Campus Safety Escorts

For students taking classes held on the UCLA campus and in and around Westwood Village, the UCLA Police Department provides a free walking escort service every day of the year from dusk until 1 a.m. Community Service Officers (CSOs) are available to walk students, faculty, staff members and visitors to and from anywhere on campus, in Westwood Village, and in the village apartments. CSOs are uniformed students who have received special training and are employed by the UCLA Police Department. To obtain an escort, please call (310) 794-9255 and allow 15 to 20 minutes for your escort to arrive. For complete information, see UCLA Evening Escorts.


Course calendar and related activities
When Module Title Notes
Week 1 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lindbrook Center, Room 214
Introductions, Course Overview, Management & Leadership


  • Management and Leadership
  • Ch. 1 What Does It Mean to be a Leader?


  • Ch. 1


  • Week 1 Assignment
Week 2 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Characteristics of a Leader


  • Ch. 2 Traits, Behaviors & Relationships
  • Ch. 4 The Leader As An Individual


  • Ch. 2 & 4


  • Week 2 Assignment
Week 3 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Leading with Purpose


  • Ch. 5 Leading with the Head & Heart
  • Ch. 6 Courage & Moral Leadership


  • Ch. 5 & 6


  • Week 3 Assignment
Week 4 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Creating the Culture


  • Ch. 7 Creating Vision & Purpose
  • Ch. 14 Shaping Culture & Values


  • Ch. 7 & 14


  • Week 4 Assignment
  • Midterm Assigned
Week 5 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Communicating as a Leader


  • Ch. 8 Motivation & Engagement
  • Ch. 9 Leadership Communication


  • Ch. 8 & 9


  • Week 5 Assignment
Week 6 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Leading Organizations


  • Organizational Communication
  • Internal & External Communication


  • None


  • Week 6 Assignment
Week 7 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Leading in Today's Environment


  • Ch. 10 Leading Teams
  • Ch. 11 Leading Diversity & Inclusion


  • Ch. 10 & 11


  • Week 7 Assignment
  • Final Assigned
Week 8 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Results-Driven Leadership


  • Ch. 12 Leadership Power & Influence
  • Ch. 15 Leading Change


  • Ch. 12 & 15


  • Week 8 Assignment
  • Midterm Due
Week 9 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Business Acumen


  • The Language of Business


  • None


  • None
Week 10 - Lecture
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Managing One Self


  • Ethics, Accountability & Governance


  • None


  • None
Week 11 - Final Class
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dodd Hall, Room 162
Final Class


  • Instructor's Final Comments




  • Final Due