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MGT 1945 Fundamentals of Cadet Leadership

Foundational course of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadet Leader Development Program. Explores self-understanding, personality types, active and passive followership, leadership and ethical theories. A laboratory introduces freshmen cadets to academic success strategies. Membership in the Corps of Cadets is required.

MGT 1946 Fundamentals of Cadet Leadership

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership with the intent to prepare freshmen cadets for leadership roles they might have as a sophomore. The course will examine topics such as the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Specific attention will be given to helping students understand and improve their own leadership performance as first-line supervisors/direct leaders.

MGT 2945 Small Unit Leadership for Cadets

Prepares cadets for responsibilities as small unit leaders. Builds on the previous year’s knowledge to focus on skills and knowledge necessary to lead small units. Introduces cadets to the importance of communication, includes basic counseling techniques, disciplinary actions, conflict resolution, cadet regulations and leadership case studies. Membership in the Corps of Cadets is required.

MGT 2946 Small Unit Leadership for Cadets

Prepares cadets for responsibilities as small unit leaders. Builds on the previous year’s knowledge to focus on skills and knowledge necessary to lead small units. Introduces cadets to the importance of communication, includes basic counseling techniques, disciplinary actions, conflict resolution, cadet regulations and leadership case studies. Membership in the Corps of Cadets is required.

MGT 3945 Cadet Organizational Leadership

Prepares junior class cadets for responsibilities as senior sergeants. Builds on the previous years knowledge of small unit leadership. Introduces cadets to decision making, writing decision papers/executive summaries, project management, public speaking, and refinement of their personal leadership philosophy. Membership in the Corps of Cadets is required.

MGT 3946 Cadet Organizational Leadership

This course is designed to prepare cadets for roles of increased responsibility in leadership and staff positions by investigating personal leadership capacity. Emphasis in the course is on the organizational morale and discipline. The course will examine topics such as: ethical use of power, writing evaluations, conducting performance counseling sessions, written communication and personal financial management. Specific attention will be given to the role of the commander and the command group relationship.

MGT 4945 Executive Leadership for Cadets

Examines executive level leadership. It explores executive decision making, constraint theory and problem solving in both the military and civilian career fields. Senior standing in the Corps of Cadets is required.

MGT 4946 Executive leadership for Cadets

Prepares senior class cadets for the transition from college to career professional. Explores life planning, personal finance, taking charge in a new organization, cross-generational communication, and developing subordinate relationships. Senior standing in the Corps of Cadets is required. 

MGT 3804 Topics in Cadet Global Leadership Studies

Analyzes historic and current leadership challenges using specific military campaigns for context. Covers national and military objectives and various instruments of national power in relation to national security. Provides travel to relevant country and battlefields for experiential learning.