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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

The Liberally Educated Leader: Human values in action

Instructor(s): Marie Glotzbach, Theater and Philip Glotzbach, President

What does it mean to be a leader? How have different people who have approached the world in very different ways become effective leaders? How does one develop the ethical compass necessary to become an ethical leader? What does an effective leader need to know and be able to do? What personal characteristics tend to be found in successful leaders, and how can one develop those traits in oneself? In this seminar, students will address such questions from various disciplinary, theoretical, and practical perspectives. They will develop an array of conceptual and experimental “tools” that will be useful to them in appreciating the fundamental role of leadership in human affairs and in understanding and evaluating the actions of leaders. Using the Skidmore campus as a laboratory, students also will participate in a series of exercises and projects that will help them discover their individual leadership styles and develop and enhance the personal traits they need to function more effectively as leaders themselves.

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