Leadership: When to Follow - When to Lead

Winter 2018
Spring 2018
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Marcella Benson-Quaziena
human and organizational systems

To be a successful leader one must be an active follower and to be a successful follower one must be an adaptive leader . This two-quarter long program is designed for students who wish to understand the relationship between followership and leadership and to develop or enhance their leader/followership knowledge and skills.  The program will concentrate on the personal, interpersonal and group skills essential for effective followership and leadership.  We will contrast leadership and followership styles and focus on the self-examination necessary of adaptive leadership with the goal of developing effective skills for contemporary organizations as we use the dance of “tango” as metaphor.  This course is designed to develop students who want to increase their knowledge and skills of self as a leader. We will focus on enhancing your skills to influence and organize others to accomplish key organizational goals. We will spotlight followership and leadership principles, complexities and challenges as well as your strengths and development needs.  During Winter Quarter we will hold the concepts of follow, follower and followership in our higher consciousness and during Spring Quarter we will hold the concepts of lead, leader and leadership in our higher consciousness. The program assumes a willingness to accept necessary changes in behavior, to practice, to apply skills and to evaluate skill development through assessment of practice. 

 Please note:

  • This 8-credit intensive weekend program will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Students must be present at the first class to be considered registered.
  • Use of Canvas Webbased software is a required part of this program.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Organization Development, Human Services, Sociology, and Social Psychology.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

$35 per quarter for assessment tools

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule:

Alternating Sat/Sun 9a-5p: Jan 13, 27, 28; Feb 10, 11: Mar 3,4; April 7 (10a-2pm); April 21, 22; May 19,20; June 9, 10. 

Located in: Olympia

2018-03-13Spring quarter now accepting new students
2018-03-06Spring quarter schedule updated