Leadership is a term that, while common, is often difficult to define. Some experts say that the concept of “leader” is entirely separate from the concept of “manager.” Others say that the activities associated with each overlap, and that it’s appropriate that they do. Still others say that the words you use are irrelevant, and what matters is what you do in order to bring about successful outcomes.
A full course of study in leadership may interest you in the future. In this course, you will learn some basic ideas and skills about leadership and how you can use them for your own purposes.
One way of understanding what makes a leader is to think of it in terms of problem-solving. In any organization, problems arise, maybe daily. Being able to not only solve problems effectively, but to recognize them in the first place, maybe even before they happen, is a skill worth developing.
Another important aspect of leadership is that it will always entail change. If a problem arises, your job as a leader is to change circumstances so that the thing is no longer a problem. This can happen in a small way (changing a work schedule) or a big way (changing your entire fundraising process). But, either way it means change. Considering that most people resist change, even if it is a small change, you can see that being a leader takes skill.
In sum, leaders must develop strategies for the short and long-term benefit of their organizations. They will identify and solve problems, help staff members and their organization embrace needed change, and apply both leadership and management skills appropriately to bring out desired outcomes.
1. Analyze attributes of leadership and management relevant to management settings.
2. Identify types of problems and best strategies for response.
3. Identify and apply basic leadership skills.
4. Identify and analyze common conceptions of management versus leadership.
5. Recognize ways to lead your organization toward needed change.
6. Identify the importance of management skills in accomplishing leadership goals.
7. Apply concepts of leadership to your own circumstances.
1. Recognize basic leadership styles
2. Differentiate between tame, critical, and wicked problems
3. Use self-management and decision-making strategies to your advantage
4. Save time by delegating tasks to others
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.