ORG431: Leadership in Diverse and Under-Resourced Communities (undergrad section of graduate course)

Course Description

This course covers traditional Christian leadership development theory as well as providing a survey of theories on leadership. The first part of the course focuses on life reflection within a Christian context in order to develop a philosophy of ministry. The last part of this course focuses on how to lead effectively in organizations serving in diverse and under-resourced communities and to develop strategies to improve the representation of women and people of color in leadership.


Available to undergraduates with 90+ credits and a 3.0+ GPA.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on your leadership journey according to traditional Christian leadership development theory.
  2. Create a philosophy of ministry and leadership integrating personal experience with key concepts from this course.
  3. Construct a leadership toolkit for new supervisors in an organization by applying leadership theories.
  4. Develop a plan for expanding your own cross-cultural leadership ability.
  5. Use systems thinking to develop a plan that includes personal, physical, cultural and organizational aspects of their own leadership development.
  6. Design a plan for an organization to increase the representation of women and people of color in leadership.


Course Materials & Tuition 

Clinton, R. (2012). The Making of a Leader, Second Edition: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development (Rev Upd edition). NavPress. ISBN: 1612910750


Daft, R. L. (2017). The Leadership Experience (8th edition). Cengage Learning. ISBN: 133710227X


Student-Selected Book

$20.00 (estimated)



Total Cost of Course $883.48