Strategic Leadership (ESLS) 669

Strategic Leadership

ESLS 669

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Phase 1 of the MBA program before taking this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Master of Business Administration

Course Overview

The course is divided into a series of lessons that start with a self-review of strategic leadership potential and an overview of the domain of strategic leadership. We explore the tasks, skills and strategic competencies that enable a strategic leader to guide an organization while navigating the tensions involved in positioning the organization to meet short term needs and the long-term vision. Activities in the course include a series of readings, podcasts, group discussions, and two individual assignments (papers).

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Assess your leadership potential by identifying your strengths, values, and style and what additional skills you require;
  • Define leadership, identify leadership styles, discuss different theories of leadership, and describe basic techniques and issues in leadership;
  • Explain the roles of leader and follower in the team context, describe methods of team leadership, and analyze specific techniques and issues in team leadership;
  • Identify and discuss issues in leadership at the organizational level;
  • Examine your organization and its leadership from a strategic perspective;
  • Describe how you will apply leadership concepts and techniques in your situation.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: What Is Strategic Leadership?
  • Week 2: The Aspirational Tasks of a Strategic Leader
  • Week 3: The Skills and Styles of a Strategic Leader
  • Week 4: Key Processes Involved in Strategic Leadership
  • Week 5: The Uses of Power
  • Week 6: Leading Teams and Leaders of Teams
  • Week 7: Leadership Challenges
  • Week 8: Making Sense and Sustaining Learning

Student Evaluation

Your grades will be based on completion of two papers and participation in the Discussion application.

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.