ORGL 2100 - Writing for Leadership


Move beyond the inspirational poster! In this course, students read and study the works of famous leaders as models for their own communications as leaders. Students will learn to analyze the rhetoric and persuasive techniques in the speeches, writings, and rhetoric of leaders both real and fictional, such as Shakespeare's Henry V, Winston Churchill, Sun Tzu, Marcus Aurelius, Queen Elizabeth I and others, while reading excerpts from contemporary business advice literature. Themes for the class will include: How to Inspire, How to Navigate Change, and How to Change Minds

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Identify rhetorical tools of persuasion in writing and speech
  2. Identify productive modes of communication for leadership
  3. Describe the themes and worldviews of selected leaders, both historical and contemporary
  4. Begin to apply rhetorical tools and modes of leadership communication in various media
  • Module 1: Introduction and Chapter 1
  • Module 2: Chapter 2, 3
  • Module 3: Chapter 4, 5
  • Module 4: Chapter 6, 7
  • Module 5: Chapter 8, 9
  • Module 6: Chapter 10, 11
  • Module 7: Chapter 12, 13
  • Module 8: Chapter 14, 15

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership


  • None

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