Understanding what it means to be a leader is the first step to becoming one.

That is the approach of a course on leadership being offered to all majors at Clemson University this fall.

“Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership” (Business 2990, Section 006) is a collaboration between the College of Business and the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Instructors say class openings remain for students wanting to empower themselves to be leaders in their lives, communities and societies.

According to professors Chris Mann and Melissa Vogel, co-instructors, the variable (1-3) credit course is unique in that it doesn’t teach traditional theory or characteristics of those who have been successful leaders.

“This course isn’t taught from a spectator’s view. It’s an ‘on-the-court’ approach that allows students to discover for themselves what it means to be a leader and how to exercise leadership effectively,” Mann said.

Mann and Vogel took the course in June of 2016 when it was offered by the course’s architects on campus.

“‘Being a Leader’ examines leadership through a different lens. It teaches participants how to exercise leadership effectively as a natural self-expression in the areas of life most important to them,” Vogel said. “Students don’t simply leave the course knowing how to be a leader, they leave ‘being’ a leader.”

The course is open to students across all academic disciplines and there are no prerequisites for registration.

“Students typically attend college because they want to create a better future for themselves, and leadership is a key to achieving that goal,” Mann said. “This course will provide students in all majors the insight they need to be a leader.”

The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m., in 216 Sirrine Hall.

Anyone with questions on registration or the course should contact Mann at crmann@clemson.edu  or Vogel at mvogel@clemson.edu.

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