Course Syllabus

Course Description
This master class is designed to help leaders and aspiring leaders to better incorporate storytelling in their daily leadership practice. In this 3-module (15 days) course, participants will learn the tools to become a lifelong storyteller, including the key elements of storytelling, the different types of stories you can tell, the story ‘hooks’ you can use to better engage your audience and when research indicates stories are most and least effective.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of storytelling in the practice of leadership.
  2. Differentiate the truths versus the myths of storytelling as a leadership tool.
  3. Examine the finer points of creating effective stories for leadership.
  4. Illustrate the comprehension of leadership storytelling through the sharing of a video story with the class.

Required Readings and Resources
Required Readings: None
Optional readings, videos and podcasts will be posted on the course site, including timely news articles and academic research that you will read, view or listen to in order to complete some assignments and obtain a deeper understanding of the course concepts.

Required Software
Access to a modern web browser.

Grading and Evaluation
Assignments will not receive a traditional numerical or alphabetic grade but feedback will be given on all discussions, assignments  and reflections. Turnaround will normally be within a week from the due date. You will be notified if turnaround will be longer than one week.

Course Technology
This course will involve a number of different types of interactions. These interactions will take place primarily through the course system. Please take the time to navigate through the course and become familiar with the course syllabus, structure, and content and review the list of resources below.

We will use GoToMeeting for synchronous meetings held according to the Course Schedule below throughout the course. Your instructor will send a reminder before the sync meetings will be held. Access to the sessions can be through a browser or their mobile app. Click on the “Get the GoToMeetings App” on the right at the top of the site.

Course Schedule
In the course schedule you will find a list of each module’s readings and resources and the assignments due. Links to videos, handouts, and other resources can be found on each Module’s Roadmap page throughout the course.

Each module begins on Monday. The rest of each module’s elements are due as follows:

Module ElementDue Day
Module StartMonday
Live LectureMonday, 7PM CST
Lecture Recording PostedBy Monday, Midnight CST