Program Chair Dr. Frederick K. Read significance of Union’s new Bachelor’s major in Organizational Leadership.
Dr. Frederick Read
Faculty Chair | Business Administration, Business Management, and Leadership
Kicking off this fall, is the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership. The new major is designed to give graduates a key competitive edge and endless career paths. Dr. Frederick K. Read, Chair of Business Administration, Business Management, and Leadership discusses the significance of the new major in this Q&A.
What does the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership offer to students?
“The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership opens the door to a better tomorrow by equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders who can think critically, provide diverse perspectives, solve problems, and implement creative solutions.”
Why does today’s workplace need leadership skills?
” Today’s workforce is ever changing and increasingly competitive. Organizations are searching for people to envision something different, look beyond the status quo, analyze and research problems, create visions, implement creative solutions, and tell people what they don’t want to hear, but need to.”
What makes the major exciting and unique?
“First, the program is designed to be real world and practical. The program is not delivered in a sterile, academic environment.
Second, the program offers six core courses and each focuses on leadership. Each course begins with the word leadership which is the curriculum’s foundation.
Third, each course includes an embedded research component and the capstone project is immersed in each course. Students will also be given the opportunity to choose a capstone project that relates to their own work place.
Fourth, guest presenters are not going to lecture but involve the students in substantive situations.
How does this degree answer the call for a skilled workforce?
“Graduates will have a solid understanding of what leadership is and be able to practice the skills immediately. Their skills have been developed as opposed to being trained. A manager’s job is to ensure things get done. A leader looks down the road and envisions what can be.”
Why did Union decide to implement the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership?
“We wanted to offer a multidisciplinary degree program grounded in the social sciences that provides graduates unique attributes for the emerging job market. The major outcomes of the program include:
- Identify various concepts of change, problem solving and decision making as they relate to leadership.
- Analyze and apply a variety of leadership concepts and theories.
- Evaluate leadership approaches in diverse, multi-cultural, and global environments.
- Examine ethical leadership as it relates to the leader-follower relationship and social responsibility.
- Examine leadership from social sciences, and arts and humanities perspectives. ”