The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader Within
Delivery Mode: Online
Faculty: Faculty of Business
In today’s increasingly complex organizations, leaders must create environments in which positive things happen, and others are inspired to contribute at their highest levels. Leaders not only serve as change agents who guide, transform, and bring out the best in their employees to achieve extraordinary results, they also understand the importance of self-reflection and challenging their own assumptions. Leaders are found at all levels of an organization, and leadership can be cultivated, nurtured, and expressed by mastering a set of practices that enhance leadership skills and competencies.
The focus of this course is on helping participants to further develop their leadership potential. Leadership is a learnable set of practices that can be deciphered and understood. Leadership is not reserved for the very few, nor is it based on a particular gene or birth into the right family circle. Developing leadership potential is about acquiring proficiencies in key areas that leverage pre-existing skills and expertise. It is about raising personal awareness, developing personal understanding, and learning new ways to do things at work. Leadership is about change mastery—and the first steps begin with changing the learner’s own perceptions.
- develop a greater awareness of different leadership styles and preferences
- participate in diagnostic tools for self-evaluation that help to identify leadership blind spots and developmental opportunities
- explore and understand one’s own current leadership strengths and areas of challenge
- challenge their own leadership assumptions and develop new leadership skills and insights
- discuss the importance of leadership in the workplace context
Students are graded on their participation in online discussions throughout. This portion of the grade is worth 40%. Students will also complete a final report outlining a leadership development plan to address current organizational challenges that takes into account what they have learned through the course, worth 60% of course grade. Students must pass both participation and final report assigned to successfully pass the course. The course weight is equivalent to 1 credit hour at the master’s level.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Updated May 02 2016 by Student & Academic Services