ARBB 1031 - Keys to Effective Leadership

  • Noncredit
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What is effective leadership and how does it impact arts management? In this course you will learn some keys to effective leadership including critical thinking, persuasion, and problem solving techniques such as Sakichi Toyoda’s 5 Whys technique. Your decision making skills will be put to use as you explore practical lessons and exercises that require critical thinking of leadership strategies.

Effective leaders are those who know how to navigate change and assist in adapting the organization to the ever-evolving world in which we live in. Effective leaders possess a multitude of characteristics that get work done and inspire confidence in their employees. This course explores the many factors that assist in making a leader effective and will encourage you to think critically on how effective leadership impacts arts management organizations.

Through this course, you will be able to:

• Identify leadership characteristics that lend to effectiveness in an organization.
• Use the 5 Whys technique for critical evaluation of problems.
• Articulate how concepts learned apply to specific leadership situations.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbook and Materials

Required texbook - Bolden, R., Gosling, J., Hawkins, B., & Taylor, S. (2011). Exploring leadership: individual, organizational, and social perspectives (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Constance DeVereaux

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In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.