The primary objective of the course is to develop your leadership skills. With these skills, you will be prepared to lead high-performing, successful groups and organizations. You will learn how to influence people without relying on formal authority and how to build and manage high-performing groups. In addition, you will learn how to build and leverage social capital and how to lead organizational change. These are the leadership skills that organizations need and look for and ones that you must acquire and retain in order to excel in today's dynamic, competitive, and global marketplace.The course incorporates a dual focus on strong analytical fundamentals (i.e., theories and concepts from behavioral and social sciences) and their concrete application to current case examples in organizations.The course draws on three bases of knowledge:
(1) Cutting-edge research from social, industrial, and organizational psychology, sociology, economics, and organization theory;
(2) Business cases, film studies, experiential individual and team exercises, and computer-based simulations; and
(3) Your own experiences.Given these foundations, this course uses an experiential, action-based learning approach to develop your leadership skills. This course will be challenging. You will be asked to take risks and operate outside of your comfort zone, where you will enhance your performance while also optimizing your skills. You will be asked to support and help develop others. You will be asked to think critically, integrate your insights inside and outside of class, and practice your leadership skills in real time.
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