MSEL-575: The Leadership Ecosystem

MSEL-575: The Leadership Ecosystem

Course Description and Prerequisites

Explore concepts and frameworks for how to both lead and effectively build collaborative leadership ecosystems in today’s ever-changing world. Using an integrative reflective practice approach, students examine their own approach to leadership and create an initial plan for their own leadership development, as well as the leadership development opportunities for their organization.

Pre-requisites: None

Student-Centered Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish between multiple definitions of Leadership
  • Apply leadership principles of Appreciative and Distributed Leadership to leadership scenarios
  • Create a personal leadership biography
  • Design a leadership development plan for oneself and a selected organization
  • Explain the interconnected elements of the leadership ecosystem

Textbook(s) and Technology Requirements

Required Texts

The textbooks for this course are

  • Textbook: Drucker, P., Goleman, D., & George, B. (2011). HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership. Harvard Business Publishing. It can be purchased from the Champlain College bookstore (Links to an external site.).
  • Textbook: Marquardt, M. (2014). Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask. (Links to an external site.) Jossey-Bass Publishing. It can be accessed directly from the library.
  • EbookQuinn, R. (2010). Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within.  (Links to an external site.)John Wiley and Sons. It can be accessed directly from the library.
  • We will also be using a variety of journal articles, online articles, and selections from books that will be available in your Weekly modules.

Technology Requirements

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

Topic Outline

  • Week 1: What is leadership?: Exploring the many concepts of leadership
  • Week 2: Today’s leadership ecosystem: The dynamic global context for leaders
  • Week 3: Cultivating Distributed Leadership
  • Week 4: Cultivating Appreciative Leadership
  • Week 5: Leading with questions in a world that demands answers
  • Week 6: Making Meaning & Reflective Practice
  • Week 7: Developing a Leadership Plan for yourself
  • Week 8: Developing a Leadership Plan for your organization

Methods of Assessment

Your final grade will be determined based on:

Graded Elements Percentage
Discussions 30%
Weekly Assignments 30%
Personal Leadership Development Plan 20%
Organizational Leadership Development Plan 20%
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



All written assignments are due no later than 11:59 pm (your time zone) on the stated due date. If you find you need to turn in your work late, communicate ahead of time with the instructor.

  • See the the CCO Grading Policy (Links to an external site.) for complete details.
  • Given time zone differences, all submissions deadlines are for your timezone.
  • Extenuating circumstances: Sometimes significant life events happen (i.e., serious illness, family death, etc.) that interfere with our best efforts to meet expectations. if this is the case, you must communicate with your instructor for clarification on the way late submissions can be handled and how any late submissions may affect your assessment. If you know of an issue ahead of time, it is important to communicate with the instructor prior to the situation.

It is valuable to submit all individual assignments in Microsoft Word so that formatting remains in place when uploaded to Canvas. However, if you only work in Google Docs, please use that. Please do not send any attached files in a PDF format.

Students often have questions regarding the length of assignments and papers. The assignment and paper lengths are noted in each module.

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. Our courses use plagiarism detection software.  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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