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Strategic Leadership and Management

Leadership and Business Skill for Immediate Impact. Apply practical strategies to becoming an effective organizational leader.

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Course Detail

In Strategic Leadership and Management, you will learn the fundamentals of effectively leading people, teams, and organizations and develop tools to analyze business situations

Course Features

  • Strategic Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Performance Management
  • Leadership
  • conflict resolution

The University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign

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  • Approximately 8 months to complete
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Beginner Level
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Content

7 sections • 96h total length

In this foundational course, you will learn about the “head and heart” of everyday leadership by exploring dynamics of individual and group decision making and the challenges of managing motivation.

Central to the course is forming a nuanced understanding of why and how leadership skills are critical to an organization’s success.

You will be able to:
– Articulate why and how leadership skills are so critical to organizational success
– Use leadership skills to work more effectively with others and organize teams to work more effectively together
– Apply the foundations of effective leadership skills to everyday situations

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

This course builds upon a conceptual knowledge of leadership by considering applications for more effective negotiation, feedback and coaching, conflict management, and change leadership.

By applying a leadership framework to these realistic situations faced by businesses, you will be prepared to lead teams towards solutions in your own business challenges.

You will be able to:
– Negotiate effectively and influence others through effective leadership
– Provide feedback and coaching that is strategically appropriate and influential
– Manage conflict and lead change in business

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

Organizations are complex and can be difficult to manage well, so managers need tools to help them better understand and deal with the many complexities and challenges associated with organizational life.

In this course, you will learn theories, principles, and frameworks that will help you design more effective organizations.

You will be able to:
– Analyze organizations from multiple perspectives to better understand business challenges
– Strategically plan for effective organizational governance
– Develop systems to plan for growth and change
– Understand implications of the external environment on business and strategically respond to these factors

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

This course is intended to help you become a better manager by helping you more fully understand and deal with the complexities and challenges associated with managerial life in organizations.

You will learn theories, principles, and frameworks that will help you more effectively manage and lead your organizations.

You will be able to:
– Analyze common managerial challenges and develop solutions to these challenges
– Use power effectively and strategically to implement organizational change
– Understand the foundations of organizational culture and decision-making
– Navigate common decision-making pitfalls and ethical challenges
– Apply principles of organization management to common challenges of management

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

In this course you will learn how organizations create, capture, and maintain value. In doing so, you’ll develop an understanding of how and why this process is fundamental for sustainable competitive advantage.

You will be able to better understand value creation, and capture and learn the tools to analyze both competition and cooperation from a variety of perspectives, including the industry-level (e.g., five forces analysis) and the firm-level (e.g., business models and strategic positioning).

You will be able to:
– Understand how managers coordinate different functional areas, resources, and systems inside a company and align them with the external environment to enhance overall performance
– Recognize strategic management tools and frameworks and apply them to real business contexts
– Process diverse business and industry information to diagnose strategic issues, evaluate strategic alternatives, and formulate a coherent and actionable strategic plan

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

In this course you will learn how corporations create, capture, and maintain value, going beyond the management of a single line of business.

It is thus a complement to (and should typically follow) a course on Business Strategy, which focuses on developing and sustaining competitive advantage for a single business unit.

Here, you will be able to better understand and learn the tools to analyze and manage decisions from a corporate-level perspective, which emphasizes the management of multiple businesses and multiple stakeholders.

Examples of such decisions include vertical integration, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, international expansion, global strategy, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

You will:
• Understand how corporations create and capture value as multi-business enterprises.
• Learn tools and frameworks to assess choices regarding corporate scope, corporate transactions and global strategy.
• Learn to analyze complex business situations and develop coherent corporate strategies.
• Understand the role of corporate governance and stakeholder management in modern companies.

* This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM.

The capstone is a strategic leadership and management plan where you’ll apply what you will learn to an actual business situation with participation by one or more focal companies.

The deliverable will be designed to create value from the perspective of potential employers while achieving pedagogical and experiential goals for learners.

  • This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price.

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