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UCx: Leadership for Contemporary Organizations

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Learn about how leaders foster engagement, growth, and a sense of meaning at work in a changing and increasingly diverse environment as part of the UCx Organizational Psychology MicroMasters

6 weeks
6–8 hours per week
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Starts Mar 1
Ends Aug 28

About this course

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Leaders influence an organization’s strategic direction, culture, and day-to-day operations. In this course, we will highlight the complexity of leadership processes, and show that leader effectiveness is best understood by considering workplace dynamics and the organization’s external environment.

The course will cover some of the big questions related to leadership. Why do organizations need leaders? Is there one ideal way to lead? How do leaders and leadership development contribute to organizational development? Exploring these questions will be of value to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of leadership and how to maximize its positive impact at work.

We begin with a brief overview of leadership history, from the ancient world to the present day, which explains how we arrived at contemporary mainstream leadership frameworks.

Our next section will focus on leadership traits and behaviors; students will learn about the traits and behaviors most commonly attributed to effective or ineffective leaders, and how context influences these relationships.

We will then question what is expected from leaders, and why people choose to pursue leadership roles. Students will learn about the role of leader identity and emotions in leadership processes and organizational outcomes.

Next, we will look at leadership development with a particular focus on coaching. Students will be able to explain the impact and limitations of coaching as a leadership development technique, and how to assess its effectiveness.

Our final section describes how leaders foster engagement and sense of meaningful work among employees.

This course is part of the UCx Micromasters in Organizational Psychology, and each key topic will increase your knowledge about this exciting field. In order to qualify for the MicroMasters Credential you will need to earn a Verified Certificate in each of the five courses.

At a glance

  • Institution: UCx
  • Subject: Business & Management
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:

    It is helpful to have some work experience and some background in Psychology or Human Resource Management.

    The course is also suitable for someone who has experience as a manager and wants to learn about how to best support performance.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:
  • Associated skills:Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Development, Industrial And Organizational Psychology, Influencing Skills, Operations, Organizational Development

What you'll learn

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  • How history has shaped expectations of leaders and leadership

  • Factors that contribute to leader emergence and effectiveness

  • Role and influence of emotions in leadership

  • How and why leadership influences employee growth, engagement, and purpose

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This course is part of Organizational Psychology MicroMasters Program

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5 graduate-level courses
Progress at your own speed
8 months
6 - 8 hours per week

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