LEAD 101: Leadership Theory and Practice

Course in Leadership and Communication
LEAD 101: Leadership Theory and Practice
Course Description:

This intensive introductory course explores competing concepts and theories of leadership through lectures, readings, class discussion, and reflective writing assignments. Each week features a foundational element of leadership, from problem-solving to self-assessment to crisis communications. Through biographical analysis of effective public leaders, students learn to identify and develop their own distinctive leadership skills and strengths. By the end of the course, each student establishes the groundwork for a five-year leadership and communication career plan that may be further developed through additional certificate courses.

You have the option to enroll in this course without committing to the entire Certificate in Leadership and Communication, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests. LEAD 101 is a prerequisite for all other LEAD courses.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2021 Term Offered:
Fall 1 (accelerated): Aug 31 – Oct 25, 2021
Fall 2 (accelerated): Oct 28 – Dec 21, 2021
2022 Term Offered:
Spring 1 (accelerated): Jan 12 – Mar 9, 2022
Spring 2 (accelerated): Mar 14 – May 10, 2022

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Associate Director, Curriculum Development and Instruction, Penn LPS Online

Elizabeth Matthew is Penn LPS Online’s Associate Director of Curriculum Development and Instruction. Before coming to Penn, she was an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Business Communication Program at Temple University. Elizabeth holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in English from Penn State University and an EdD in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s… Read more

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