8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
63.25 PDUs
80 Military Clock Hours

About the Course

This course helps professionals develop a tool kit they can apply as a leader at work today to become a highly productive and inspiring leader of tomorrow. You will gain the tools needed to create an organization that values learning and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and innovation, and welcomes change. Great leaders influence and can help employees be more responsive, creative and proactive, given the right set of leadership tools and techniques.

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8 Week Course
Week 1
Defining Yourself as a Leader
  • Leadership versus management
  • The key traits and styles of leadership
  • The definition of “strategy”
  • The experience of shifting from technical expert to strategic leader
Week 2
Finding Your Authentic Leadership Voice
  • Inspiring engagement through a shared vision
  • The importance of storytelling
  • Comparing and contrasting strategies for building support for projects and plans
  • Strategies for managing laterally and up
  • Building rapport versus networking
  • Multitasking
Week 3
Building Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • A team-oriented approach to leadership
  • Strategies for building diverse and inclusive teams
  • Engaging strengths and working across differences
  • Learning from multigenerational team members
Week 4
Ethical and Moral Leadership
  • Leading with a clear moral compass and value proposition
  • Defining and setting leadership values and goals
  • Leading with integrity
Week 5
Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and Evaluation
  • Aligning mission, vision and strategy
  • The process of strategic planning
  • The dynamics of organizational change
  • Strategies for leading change
  • Evaluation plans and processes
Week 6
Inspiring Organizational Vision and Excellence
  • Sources of power a leader has
  • Elements and skills needed to inspire vision and a positive culture
  • A “coaching” approach to management and leadership
  • Ways to promote innovation, creativity and collaboration
Week 7
Dealing with Conflict: Challenging Situations and Difficult People
  • The sources of conflict in an organization
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback
  • High-performing vs. dysfunctional team behaviors
  • Approaches to managing conflict
Week 8
Your Personal Leadership Journey
  • Clarifying your leadership philosophy and purpose
  • What is your passion?
  • A personal strategic plan
  • Learning and resilience
  • Leadership and wellness
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Leadership Employee Engagement Multitasking Team Management Diversity and Inclusion Conflict Resolution Business Strategy Change Management
What You’ll Study
  • Defining Yourself as a Leader
  • Finding Your Authentic Leadership Voice
  • Building Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Ethical and Moral Leadership
  • Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and Evaluation
  • Inspiring Organizational Vision and Excellence
  • Dealing With Conflict: Challenging Situations and Difficult People
  • Your Personal Leadership Journey
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Who Should Register?

Strategic Organizational Leadership is designed for business leaders, mid- to upper-level managers, entrepreneurs and individuals aspiring to leadership positions.


Tuition & Payment

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