Introduction to Leadership
This course addresses the key issues surroundin gleadership. What is leadership? Why is it important? What does it require to be a leader? What is visionary leadership? What role should ethics play? What is the role of charisma in leadership? What roles must a leader assume?
Leadership is not limited to the naturally charismatic, the extroverted and gregarious, and those selected for top managementpositions. In fact, many of the elements that comprise being a leader can be taught or developed.
The course also considers the foundations of leadership.There are multiple bases for leadership, and whether a leader has formal or informal authority, they play a crucial part in establishing the leader's credibility.
Then you will examine the question of how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. The actual work of leadership requires specific qualities and skills to translate those qualities into action—and effectiveness (i.e., results).
What You Will Learn
- Define leadership and explain its importance
- Discuss some of the better-known leadership theories (Fiedler's contingency theory; Path-goal theory; Vroom-Yetton-Jago theory)
- Distinguish leadership from management and administration
- Explain the role of ethics in leadership
- Discuss the positives and negatives surrounding charismatic leadership
- Recognize the importance of training, learning, and role-playing in leadership
- Discuss the seven bases for leadership
- Explain why formal authority alone does not guarantee leadership
- Discuss the nine key qualities for leadership
- Identify the five central skills needed for effective leadershipand explain ways to strengthen or develop those skills in a leader