Graduate Program Concentration:
Learn the skills, principles, and traits that successful leaders all share.
Leadership is both an art and a science. As a manager, the ability to motivate and positively influence others is central to both personal and career success. The Strategic Leadership Focused Learning Module examines productive leadership in its many facets, through the study of evidence-based approaches for motivating individuals and teams.
As organizations continue the trend of flattening hierarchies and expecting more people to lead, the skills taught in this module become even more critical. Pursing this module puts you in a unique position to help any organization that you join. It includes hands-on training in:
Because this leadership module does not focus on specific career tracks or positions, it is ideal preparation for anyone who dreams of a C-suite career managing and leading others.
Career in Strategic Leadership
This course is designed to help students acquire foundational knowledge and skills related to understanding, predicting, and changing human behavior and processes in and around organizations. Students will become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses as individuals and team members. They will learn how to apply theoretical concepts to master real-world challenges. Topical coverage includes, but is not limited to, leadership models and theories, job attitudes, employee motivation, group/team dynamics, decision-making, organizational climate and culture, stress, diversity, and individual differences, such as perceptions, attitudes, and personality. The content of this core course is critical for the more-focused courses in this FLM.
This course examines major concepts, theories, processes, and practices associated with conflict analysis, resolution, and negotiation. Within an interactive learning environment, emphasis is placed on preparing for and analyzing conflict and negotiation situations, developing various goals of conflict management and negotiation, learning principles of constructive and destructive communication, assessing biases and barriers to effective conflict resolution and negotiation, and reflecting on these processes for managerial growth and development. This course is designed to address a broad spectrum of conflict resolution and negotiation problems that are faced by managers and professionals. Moreover, we will combine the theoretical concepts from class with applications, so you can understand why and how things work in context. Successful completion of this course will enable you to recognize, understand, and analyze essential concepts in conflict resolution and negotiation.
This course focuses on the process by which managers sense and respond to change. It emphasizes proactive, planned, and managed change that can involve the adaptation of structure and policy, as well as the influence of underlying system of beliefs, values, and attitudes. The course includes an examination of leadership climate, organizational culture, and individual resistance as factors influencing the change process and comparison of the efficacy of possible interventions.
This course examines how managers can create value through creativity and innovation in their companies. It is targeted to those interested in managing in high or low technology firms, as well as those interested in consulting. The course objectives are to build familiarity with creativity and innovation concepts and terms, develop skills in creative strategic thinking, build skills in persuasively communicating creative ideas, and develop skills necessary for implementing creative ideas. Through interactive exercises and simulations, the emphasis is on helping the student develop their own knowledge and skills, as well as build their capacity, as future managers, to influence the creativity and innovation process in organizations.