COM461L, Communication in Leadership, was one of the final classes required for my LAS scholarship. This class featured interactive discussions, case studies, essays, group facilitation, and activities to keep us thinking throughout the entire class period.
I was really excited to take this class, and I had heard nothing but great things about it. I was ready to apply previous knowledge from other classes to this one while working with people from my cohort. There’s something about all-LAS classes that gets the energy going in the room and leaves me diving deeper into the concepts.
In COM, we were required to participate in class discussions of prompts. We were also required to facilitate a group discourse of a leadership concept we were assigned to. Though public speaking is not my forte, I was able to push through my nerves and lead the class through a discussion on the Challenge of Loyalty and the different ways leaders can stay loyal to their followers. We also dissected a number of different case studies including follower empowerment in Apollo 13 and creative climates while working with Pixar. We also had to tell different stories about ways we were effective/ineffective leaders and why the situations led to the outcomes. The book we used by Hackman and Johnson explained communication theories and perspectives thoroughly, allowing us to really grasp the meaning and concepts of each.
I really enjoyed this class, and I looked forward to going to it on Mondays and Wednesdays. Professor Carlson welcomed us into class each day with a smile on her face and an oh-so-positive attitude that radiated onto the class. She made the class worthwhile and encaptured the true meaning of a leader by being one herself.