MSEL-555-81: Leading for Transformation Through Relationships

MSEL-555: Leading for Transformation through Relationships

Course Description and Prerequisites

Examine how to cultivate meaningful relationships across an organizational system, from co-workers, to team members, to broader stakeholders. Attention will be given to how to leverage both formal and informal relationships to create positive impact. Dialogic relationships built through collective reflection and active listening will be addressed. Topics include perceptions, motivation, emotional intelligence, building teams, and conflict management.

Prerequisites: None

Student-Centered Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish the internal and environmental components that comprise and impact interpersonal relationships in organizations
  • Explain the dynamics of how groups operate in organizations, including how they solve problems and manage conflict
  • Evaluate one’s own role in a group/team setting and reflect on areas of strength and potential growth as a leader
  • Experiment with new behaviors to improve one’s own relationships


Textbook(s) and Technology Requirements

Required Texts

There are no required textbooks for this course. Resources will be posted in the ‘Overview and Resources’ page of each module.

Technology Requirements

Please review the Technology Requirements (Links to an external site.) for Champlain College Online.


Topic Outline

  • What fosters effective teams?
  • Unpacking Perception
  • Multicultural Relationships
  • Putting the Carrots and Sticks Away: From Motivation to Alignment
  • Having a Good Fight: Learning How to Manage Conflict Collaboratively and Generatively
  • Building Shared Visions with Diverse Stakeholders
  • Resonant Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
  • Exploring Your Own Relationship Ecosystem


Methods of Assessment

Your final grade will be determined based on:

Graded Elements Percentage
Discussions 30 %
Assignment 20%
Learning Group Assignments Reflections 30%
Final Reflective Paper 15 %
Reflective Journal Entries 5%
Total 100%
Extra Credit Course Evaluation 1%



Weekly discussions are an integral part of learning at Champlain College and represent a significant portion of a student’s overall grade. In order to be successful, students should:

  1. Post a thorough, well-crafted initial response that fully addresses and develops all aspects of the prompt by the due date.
  2. Engage substantively throughout the discussion period by responding to others with questions or comments that demonstrate interest, build upon the ideas of others, and encourage elaboration.
  3. Apply and integrate concepts from this course as well as from quality resources including journals, websites, readings from another class, relevant work or life experience, etc.
  4. Demonstrate attention to style, structure, grammar, etiquette, and proper citation of references to maintain academic integrity.

Discussion grades are determined using the rubric below. The descriptions show what exemplary work looks like for each aspect of an overall discussion.

Discussion Rubric
Criteria Description Max Points
Application Explicitly and thoroughly explains, applies, and integrates a) concepts from this or other courses, b) outside resources or research, c) life experiences, and/or d) processes used to solve problems. 30 pts
Critical Thinking Clearly articulates a desire to a) reflect, b) explore possibility, c) recognize ambiguity, d) question assumptions, and/or e) search for logical relationships among ideas. Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes relevant information to demonstrate original thinking. 30 pts
Collaboration Fosters collaborative learning while a) problem-solving, b) respectfully challenging others, and/or c) expanding thinking through responses and reflection with other learners throughout the week. Builds on classmate and instructor contributions to deepen the conversation. 30 pts
Presentation Demonstrates attention to APA/MLA style and structure, adheres to rules of grammar and etiquette, and properly cites references to literature and course materials. 10 pts
Total Points: 100



Students will be graded according to the specific rubric for each assignment.


Student Resources & Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

Champlain College students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the College’s policy for Academic Honesty. (Links to an external site.) Academic honesty entails creating original assignments, using your own words, and when using the words and ideas of others, documenting those sources using the method specified in this course. Please consult with your instructor if you are in doubt. Violations of the policy could result in a grade of F on the assignment or in the course as well as dismissal from the College.


Grading Policies

CCO Grading Policy (Links to an external site.)

Grading Scale (Links to an external site.)


Student Resources
Accessibility and Accommodations (Links to an external site.) Champ Support (Links to an external site.)
Bookstore (Links to an external site.) Library Resources (Links to an external site.)
Canvas Support (Links to an external site.) Online Tutoring (Smarthinking) (Links to an external site.)
Career Services (Links to an external site.) Student Accounts (Links to an external site.)


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