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Tim Goloversic,


Leadership is highly sought after in the workplace to improve profits, productivity, and employee retention.

What makes finding good leader so difficult? Leadership is hard to pin down, it is flexible, and it can be fleeting. Required leadership traits are almost impossible to define for every situation. Making things even more difficult is certain styles are not transferable to different work environments.

Are there are some simple leadership rules to improve your everyday life and performance at work? I believe there are…but first you need to be introspective and ask yourself some questions to see if you want to become a leader.

In this course, we will explore the theories, traits, successes, and failures of leadership. An important part of becoming a leader is the ability to speak to your audience. Speak clearly, convey your information, motivate your employees, and address their needs.

Over the semester you will acquire knowledge, experience, and skills to aid you in developing your leadership skills. You will need these skills to excel in your chosen field.



Anderson, Chris: TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (May 3, 2016) ISBN-10: 0544634497  ISBN-13: 978-0544634497


Goloversic, Timothy: You Can be a Leader. April 2016. ASIN: B01EO3PRBA. Amazon Kindle electronic or paperback.


Sandberg, Cheryl: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Deckle Edge, March 11, 2013.  ISBN-10: 0385349947; ISBN-13: 978-0385349949



How lifelong dedication and obsession with quality can pay off: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The Best Tips to Transform Your Life: TED Talks: Life Hacks is a collection of 10 popular TED lectures that offer tips and insights for success in life and business

How to Adapt Constantly to Stay Relevant: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

Why Showmanship is Important: Steve Jobs: One Last Thing. (in-class viewing)

How Economics Explains What Motivates People: Freakonomics: a 2010 film based on the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, explores the scientific and economic concepts behind human behavior. It will open your eyes to what motivates your customers, employees, and coworkers. (in-class viewing)





Individual Essay and Individual Presentation

Each student will research and analyze an assigned topic, turn in an essay, and present their research findings to the class.

Group Oral Presentation

During the first week of class, you will be assigned to a group to research and present information to your classmates on the topic of the week.

Analytical Group Paper and Presentation

Student groups will present their findings in a document modeled after an internal governmental white paper consisting of a one-page executive summary with an additional 10 to 12 pages of writing.

Weekly research along with class discussions and debates.


Tim is a retired Army Aviation Officer, former Commander and Platoon Leader, and a Desert Storm combat veteran. He was a Detachment Commander in Hungary and a Platoon Leader in Bosnia as part of the peacekeeping operations task force enforcing the Dayton Peace Accords. Tim was awarded the General McArthur Leadership award, for the Pacific Theater, for his performance as a Company Commander while stationed in Japan.

After retiring from the Army, he spent some time working in corporate America as a Program Manager, before moving on to a career in academia. He taught Army Leadership in the ROTC program at IUP for three years, and has taught at several universities over the last ten years. He also instructs Air Force pilots in the field of Combat Search and Rescue. In addition, he is the author of three books.

Tim holds an MBA from IUP, a Master’s of International Relations from Troy University, and a Bachelor’s of Science Aeronautics: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.