Msl 201: Foundations of Leadership Revision Date: 31 Jul 2011

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MSL 201: Foundations of Leadership Revision Date: 31 Jul 2011

Course Syllabus


Major Darrin Clinton


Course Description

MSL 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises. While participation in the leadership labs is not mandatory during the MSL II year, significant experience can be gained in a multitude of areas and participation in the labs is highly encouraged.

The focus continues to build on developing knowledge of the leadership attributes and core leader competencies through the understanding of Army rank, structure, and duties as well as broadening knowledge of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies will provide a tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos.

Learning Objectives

The key objective of this semester is to continue to develop knowledge of the Army’s leadership philosophies and integrate this knowledge into tactical strategies and team development.


Values and Ethics

Personal Development

  • Deliver a formal information briefing

  • List the types and elements of interpersonal communication


  • Describe rank, structure, duties, and traditions

  • Explain the Principles of War

Tactics and Techniques



AR = Army Regulation

DA PAM = Department of the Army Pamphlet

FM = Field Manual

MSL = Military Science & Leadership
AR 600-25: Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy (24 October 2004)

AR 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia (3 February 2005)

FM 3-21.5: Drill and Ceremonies (incl. Change 1) (7 July 2003)

FM 3-21.8: The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad (28 March 2007)

FM 3-25.26: Map Reading and Land Navigation (incl. Change 1) (18 January 2005)

FM 5-0: The Operations Process (28 March 2010)

FM 6-22: Army Leadership – Competent, Confident, and Agile (12 October 2006)

MSL II Cadet Text: Foundations of Leadership

Class participation

You are expected to participate actively in learning through critical reflection, inquiry, dialogue, and group interactions. This includes participating in class discussion, sharing personal perspectives and experiences related to principles discussed in class or reading, and working with fellow students to engage in class and lab exercises.


The class is interactive and uses homework and in-class assignments to evaluate learning. You will be given quizzes to evaluate your learning.

Mid-Term Exam

A mid-term exam will be given to test the levels of learning achieved by students in the first half of the course.

Final Exam

A cumulative final exam will be given to test the levels of learning achieved by students throughout the course of the semester.

Homework/Project Assignments

In addition to reading assignments, you have the following key homework assignments that are graded.

  1. Army Values – To prepare for lesson 2a, you are asked to critically reflect and self-assess your personal values in comparison to the Army values.

  1. Warrior Ethos: Film Review and Written Assignment – In lesson 6a, you will watch the movie Blackhawk Down and prepare a paper identifying three incidents in which one of the four tenets of Warrior Ethos is demonstrated. The paper should be two–three pages in length, typed and double spaced.

  1. Army Briefing - For Lesson 8a and 11b you will prepare an Army Briefing. You will brief ‘your unit’ on a country prior to deployment. You will research cultural attributes of your chosen country. You can make assumptions about the deployment type (i.e. humanitarian, war, etc.). You will have ten minutes to provide information using visual aids (PowerPoint or something similar) on the following: Geography (terrain), languages, religions, political atmosphere and key cultural considerations. You should allow 2 minutes to address questions. You are required to follow the Information Briefing format and to hand in an abstract 200 words or less that captures the key points of your presentation.

  2. Leader Traits & Behaviors: Written Assignment – In lesson 10a you will prepare a writing assignment describing a person you know is a good leader. The paper should include an explanation of a situation where the individual demonstrated leadership listing specific traits and behaviors. The paper should be one or two paragraphs, typed and double spaced.

Evaluation and Grading*

Class Participation 5%

Army Values Assessment 5%

Warrior Ethos Assignment 10%

Mid-Term Exam 25%

Army Briefing Assignment 1 10%

Army Briefing Assignment 2 10%

Leader Traits & Behaviors Assignment 5%

Final Exam 30%

Solid performance in each area of evaluation is necessary. The following grading scale will be used based on 100 points possible:

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

Every attempt will be made to offer adequate written assessments in explaining evaluations. All late papers and assignments will receive a 10% reduction in grade.

*Note: The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grading procedure.

Course Design

This class will be conducted in an interactive manner. Everyone will be responsible for contributing to the success of the learning experience. Lectures will be brief and interactive. You will have extensive small group discussions and exercises scattered throughout the class. Time will be given in class to discuss and work on projects and papers.


You are encouraged to work together with the instructor in modifying assignments, suggesting agenda, and raising questions for discussion.

Special Needs

The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires universities to provide a “reasonable accommodation” to any individual who advises us of a physical or mental disability. If you have a physical or mental limitation that requires an accommodation or an academic adjustment, please arrange a meeting with me at your earliest convenience.

Office Hours and Appointments

Office Hours are by appointment.

I will meet with any of you to discuss assignments, issues, or concerns. My schedule is generally flexible and I will schedule a specific time to meet with you beyond office hours, if necessary.

Overview of Sessions

Session 1 (Lesson 01a) ROTC & Course Overview

Session 2 (Lesson 01b) Army Rank Structure, Duties, and Traditions

Session 3 (Lesson 02a) Army Values

Session 4 (Lesson 02b) Introduction to Principles of War

Session 5 (Lesson 03a) Map Reading

Session 6 (Lesson 03b) Land Navigation

Session 7 (Lesson 04a) Introduction to Problem Solving

Session 8 (Lesson 04b) Introduction to Troop Leading Procedures

Session 9 (Lesson 05a) Squad Movement

Session 10 (Lesson 05b) Introduction to Battle Drills

Session 11 (Lesson 06a) Warrior Ethos

Session 12 (Lesson 06b) Mid-Term Exam

Session 13 (Lesson 07a) Offensive Operations

Session 14 (Lesson 07b) Defense I

Session 15 (Lesson 08a) Effective Army Briefing

Session 16 (Lesson 08b) Interpersonal Communication

Session 17 (Lesson 09a) Team Building

Session 18 (Lesson 09b) The Army Physical Readiness Training Exercise

Session 19 (Lesson 010a) Leader Traits & Behaviors

Session 20 (Lesson 010b) Leadership Theory

Session 21 (Lesson 011a) Introduction to Pre-Combat Checks & Inspections

Session 22 (Lesson 011b) Culture Briefings

Session 23 (Lesson 012a) Culture Briefings II

Session 24 (Lesson 012b) Final Exam


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