Published: Dec. 1, 2009

donna sockellCourse: Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage (BADM 4830-801)

Department: Leeds School of Business

Professor: Donna Sockell (lead instructor) and Michael Leeds (Fin’74)

Course description: This yearlong, highly selective course focuses on values and leadership at the top level of organizations. Six high-level executives visit the class to speak about critical business dilemmas they have faced, and students prepare solutions for the executives to evaluate.

Abbreviated reading list:

James A. Autry and Peter Roy’s The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect (Morgan Road Books)

Stephen R. Covey’s Principle Centered Leadership (Fireside)

Bill George and Warren Bennis’ Authentic 
Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value
 (John Wiley and Sons)

Sockell says:

“These students have tremendous potential, and the class challenges them to explore the kinds of business leaders they seek to become from people who have lived real-world examples.”

Photo by Andi Fabri