Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

MGMT 360 values-based leadership

Spring 2012

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. 
~Abraham Lincoln

Where there is no vision, the people perish. 
~Proverbs 29:18

Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure. 
~Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

The best example of leadership is leadership by example. 
~Jerry McClain

Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. 
~Mary D. Poole

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. 
~Harry Truman

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. 
~John Quincy Adams

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. 
~Albert Schweitzer

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. 
~Rosalyn Carter

Humans are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don’t fall in line with people who don’t respect us and who we don’t believe have our best interests at heart. We are willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst. 
~Rachel Maddow

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. 
~Mohandas K. Gandhi

Each of us is a leader in our own way to inspire ourselves, others, and the world to believe, follow and act for the good of all with our example of sacrifice, dedication, and a passion for achievement. –Anonymous

The quality of a leader is in the standards they set for themselves. – Ray Kroc 


Leadership is a necessity.  It can be a blessing or a curse.  Leaders have demonstrated the ability to harness the trust, energy, resources and aspirations of people to lead them into battle, build great societies, and explore the continents and the heavens. Great achievements resulted from sound, effective and trustworthy leadership.  Calamities came from corrupt, incompetent and destructive leadership. Why?

This course will attempt answer this question.  We will examine what makes a successful leader, what is required to be one, what ethical qualities are demanded and what values are key to leaders who merit trust and obedience.  It will dwell on different leadership styles and, most importantly, explore leadership through the ages from the ancient world to today.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Define Leadership and the essential qualities of successful leaders
  2. Explore the need for ethics, integrity and character as part of a leader’s qualities.
  3. Determine the nature of bad leadership
  4. Examine leadership in the political, business and social sphere
  5. Compare leaders and leadership styles from the time of Caesar to contemporary leaders.
  6. Examine women in leadership.
  7. Study the need for sacrifice, ethics and example as part of successful leadership

Reading Materials 

(To be read in conjunction with my lectures. The readings will be provided for purchase in the bookstore.) 

Lectures and Readings:  
1. Leadership Basics:  John Prentice, Understanding Leadership, January, 2004, (HBR), And Daniel Goleman, What Makes a Leader? January, 2004, (HBR)  
2.  Leadership Basics:  John P. Kotler, What Leaders Really Do, May-June 1990, (HBR); Peter F. Drucker, What Makes and Effective Leader, (HBR).   
3.  Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome, video, Discussion of Caesar, his time and his style of leadership. Readings from :Julius Caesar: Lessons in Leadership from the Great Conqueror (World Generals), by Bill Yenne and Wesley Clark, Palgrave Macmillan, January, 2012; Readings from:
Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today…and the Lessons You Can Learnby Steve Forbes and John Prevas (Crown Business, 2009). 
4.  Visit to Piazza Argentina, site of Caesar’s Murder, Reading of Marc Anthony's speech from William Shakespeare. 
5.  Napoleon, video and discussion of his style of leadership.  Visit to Napoleon Museum; Readings from:  Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution, and
Leadership, by Jerry Manas,Thomas Nelson Publisher, 2006. 
6.  Class Activity, two groups, compare and contrast the leadership styles of Caesar and Napoleon. 
7.  Abraham Lincoln, Qualities that Made Lincoln a Great Leader, Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln: A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin (HBR); Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy (HBR), Lincoln and the Mt. Rushmore Phenomenon, Emilio Iodice, 2009. 
8.  Twentieth Century Leaders, video;  Martin Luther King, Readings, Letter from Birmingham Jail of April 16th, 1963 (African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania); I have a Dream Speech of Aug. 28th, 1963 as published in Huffing ton Post of Jan.17th, 2011; Eight Leadership Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Michael Hyatt, Intentional Leadership, Internet Site, January 18th, 2010. 
9.  Women and Leadership: Oprah Winfrey, April 17th, 2009, (HBR); Margaret Thatcher, November 5th, 1996, (HBR).

10.  Women and Leadership, Video on Eleanor Roosevelt, Readings from Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage, Robin Gerber, Prentice Hall, 2003. 
11. Dictatorial Leadership; Video on Mussolini, Readings on Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin from Inside Europe by John Gunther, Harper Brothers, 1938. 
12. On site visit to Piazza Venezia where Mussolini delivered his speeches. Reading of Mussolini’s speeches declaring war on France, England and US. 
13. Leadership and American Presidents, Readings from: The Presidential Difference, Fred I. Greenstein, 3rd Edition, Princeton University Press, 2009. 

Reaction Reports to Readings(required for all classes except lectures 4, 6 and 12 which include two site visits and a class exercise.)

Each report is due at the beginning of every class.  It will be no more than one page, 250 words, double spaced, typed that shows your personal observation of the reading and your personal opinion.  Do not summarize or give me back the article.  Show me you read it; understand it and what YOU got out of it. 


Two 5 to 6 page papers will be required and one final paper to be submitted at the last class.

First Paper:  Contrast the essentials of Dictatorial vs. Democratic leadership citing specific examples from the political and private sector.  Show how character and integrity play a role in each case.

  • 5 to 6 pages in length
  • Typed, double spaced
  • Standard citations
  • Cover sheet
  • Due: TBA


Second Paper: Explain the challenges that women and minorities face in terms of assuming positions of leadership.   Show examples of successful leaders in addition to the ones discussed in class.  Explain the key secrets to their success and their values.

  • 5 to 6 pages in length
  • Typed, double spaced
  • Standard citations
  • Cover sheet
  • Due: TBA


Final Paper Given the various theories and examples presented in this class, and given your understanding of the materials and readings, define leadership. In doing so, explain and define at least eight principles that you consider to be the core (sine-qua-non) “Universal Principles of Leadership.” Show how these principles are lived out in the life of one specific leader we have discussed in class and two leaders (at least one from business) that you may choose.

  • 8 to 10 pages in length
  • Typed, double spaced
  • Standard citations
  • Cover sheet
  • Due: On regularly scheduled final exam date.


Attendance: No more than 2 unexcused absences are permitted at the Rome Center.

Regular attendance, prompt arrival, active participation, prepared with having read materials.  

Grading System

20% Reaction Reports

10% Class Participation which includes regular attendance, prompt arrival, active participation, prepared with having read materials. 

20% First Paper

20% Second Paper

30% Final Paper 

Office Hours


Office: John Felice Rome Center, Office of the Director

Telephone Number: 06355 8 8307

Email eiodice@luc.edu