Establishing yourself as a respected and influential leader is a daunting task. We’ve all experienced leaders who weren’t able to elicit the full confidence of their team members. Likewise, we’ve also experienced leaders who were highly credible, respected, and to whom team members were responsive. Sometimes these latter individuals lacked the formal authority of a manager’s title, but were influential all the same.
Whether you occupy a role with formal authority or not, this class will prepare you to establish yourself as a leader. First, this class will deepen your understanding of the leadership capacities required to do so. Second, the class emphasizes developing specific skills associated with each of these capacities. Finally, the class allows you to consider how you approach leading in a way that is authentic for you.
In particular, students will learn more about three leadership capacities:
- Becoming seen as a credible leader
- Developing others with a coaching style of management
- Communicating convincingly to create a shared vision
Each of these broad capacities is supported by a portfolio of foundational interpersonal skills. Students will become more familiar and facile with this set of skills.
As a class that emphasizes skill development, Leadership Practicum relies on experiential learning. Class meetings include activities that allow one to experiment with new ideas and principles. Out of class assignments involve skill building activities. The class also utilizes coaching. Each student will be assigned to work with a coach who will manage one-on-one coaching meetings. Coaching is critical in that it allows students to tailor experiential learning activities to their own development needs and to integrate lessons from class as a part of their approach to leading.Spring 2020 Information Sessions:
Harper: Monday 2/3, 11:45 to 12:45, Harper C04
Gleacher: Monday 2/3, 4:45 to 5:45, Gleacher 100View recording of Spring 2020 Info Session