BSBB 3140 - Keys to Sustainable Leadership

  • Noncredit

What is sustainable leadership and how does it impact 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 activities that require critical thinking about 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 management organizations.

As a result of completing this course about Sustainable Leadership, you will be able to:
1. Identify leadership characteristics that lend to effective, sustainability in an organization.
2. Recognize burnout symptoms and devise appropriate antidotes.
3. Use the 5 Whys technique for critical evaluation of problems.
4. Apply sustainable leadership concepts to management scenarios.

1. Recognize the signs of burnout
2. Devise a strategy to counter toxic leadership
3. Use basic reasoning skills for decision making
4. Differentiate between Honey Bee and Locust leadership strategies
5. Identify stages of your leadership career

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.


Constance DeVereaux Ph.D.

(970) 491-3902 |

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.