Leaders in companies are often considered to be successful members of society. The KUIS seminars, which are conducted for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students in the International Business Career major, focus on understanding leadership in an organization (e.g., a company):
- What is leadership?
- How do leaders practice leadership?
- How do leaders communicate?
- What are leadership skills?
- How can leadership (skills) be developed?
- What can we learn from leaders?
- How can research on leadership be conducted?
The seminars are conducted in English only and may focus on the material from various articles or from a book such as the following:
- Nohria, N. & Khurana, R. (Eds.) (2010). Handbook of leadership theory and practice: A Harvard Business School centennial colloquium. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.
- Liu, L. (2010). Conversations on leadership: Wisdom from global management gurus. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Fairhurst, G. (2011). The power of framing: Creating the language of leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
The research in the seminars is related to leadership (i.e., leadership in practice, leadership communication, leadership development, leadership identity, leadership and gender, etc.). For example:
- Interviews with leaders (original research, etc.) to understand leadership in different organizations/industries
- Examining the spoken and written communications of leaders (speeches, interviews annual reports, websites, etc.)
- Examining the communication in leadership teams
- Examining leadership development programs/approaches (and/or their effectiveness)
- Investigating the difference between male and female leadership styles
- Investigating the difference between leadership in different types of organizations
Project-based learning is also an important part of the seminars as the participants learn to communicate to create and achieve their visions in a socially responsible manner.
Knight, K. (2011). Discourses of leadership as basis for developing leadership communication skills: Obtaining the insights of leaders through semi-structured interviews [PowerPoint presentation]. Sydney, AU: Macquarie University HDRO Showcase.
Knight, K. (2012). Discourses of leadership as basis for developing leadership communication skills: Co-construction of online forum [PowerPoint presentation]. Sydney, Australia: Macquarie University HDRO Showcase.
Knight, K. (2013a). Looking at communication through a leadership lens. TESOL Blog. Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL International Association.
Knight, K. (2013b). The S.T.A.R. format in identifying and generating conceptualizations of leadership in study of discourses of leadership. [PowerPoint presentation]. Sydney, Australia: Macquarie University HDRO Showcase.
Knight, K. (2014a). Teaching leadership communication skills to Japanese learners through online forum. [PowerPoint Presentation]. Portland, Oregon: TESOL 2014.
Knight, K. (2014b). Creation of online forum for leadership development of KUIS students. The Journal of Kanda University of International Studies, 26, 195-223.
Knight, K. (2015). Teaching leadership with the world’s first $9 computer. TESOL Blog. Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL International Association.
Knight, K. (2015). Analysing the discourses of leadership as a basis for developing leadership communication skills in a second or foreign language. Sydney, Australia: Macquarie University.
Knight, K., & Candlin, C.N. (2015). Leadership discourse as basis and means for developing L2 students into future leaders. In P. Shrestha (Ed.), Current developments in English for academic and specific purposes: Local innovations and global perspectives (pp. 27-50). Reading, UK: Garnet.