The Successful Leader: Introduction to Leadership

Course ID: 197787
This course examines how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course asks the crucial questions about leadership in today's organizations: What is leadership and why is it important? What does effective leadership require? What is visionary leadership? What is the role of charisma? What is the difference between managing, administering, and leading?
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Define leadership and explain its importance
Discuss some of the better-known leadership theories (Fiedler's contingency theory; Path-goal theory; Vroom-Yetton-Jago theory)
Distinguish leadership from management and administration
Explain the role of ethics in leadership
Discuss the positives and negatives surrounding charismatic leadership
Recognize the importance of training, learning, and role-playing in leadership
Discuss the seven bases for leadership
Explain why formal authority alone does not guarantee leadership
Discuss the nine key qualities for leadership
Identify the five central skills needed for effective leadership and explain ways to strengthen or develop those skills in a leader

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