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Which courses have helped you excel as a leader?

  • 13 August 2019
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Which courses have helped you excel as a leader?
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We're looking to publish official Coursera Collections featuring your personally-recommended Coursera courses about leadership.

☑ Are you a manager in a leadership position?

☑ Have you completed at least four leadership-related Coursera courses and/or Specializations?

☑ Do you like to help others?

This is a unique opportunity to curate a collection of courses and/or Specializations that you personally recommend for managers seeking to develop or expand their leadership skills.

We're especially interested in collections that have helped you advance in your career or make positive changes within your role, team, or company.

The very best collection(s) will be turned into an official Coursera Collection! Check out these Coursera Collections for inspiration:

Next Steps

  1. Reply to this post with your list of 4 to 10 Coursera courses and/or Specializations related to leadership
  2. Give a reason why you included each course/Specialization
  3. Suggest a title for your collection
  4. Describe what people will learn as a result of completing your collection or what sorts of roles/on-the-job challenges they might be ready for
✳ There's no deadline, but I'll be reviewing collections on a rolling basis, i.e., as they are posted. I recommend posting your collection as soon as possible! If your collection is selected, I'll contact you via private message here in the Community with next steps. ✳

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My list of Leadership courses are:
  1. Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization by Illinois University
  2. Leadership Toolkit for Managers by Vanderbilt University
  3. Leadership and Emotional Intelligence by ISB
  4. International Leadership: Leading with Sense by HEC Paris
  5. Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialization by ESSEC University
I included these courses for the following reasons:
  1. These courses shape your life with leadership to become a better leader, manager, colleague, parent, or friend.
  2. This Specialization will help you switch from a top-down leadership, with the emphasis on authority, to an open leadership based on trust and sense.
  3. Taught practical strategies to becoming an effective organizational leader.
  4. You’ll learn the different components of emotional intelligence at work.
  5. If you’re looking to establish yourself in a leadership role and align your actions and behaviors with how you want to be perceived, these courses are for you.
  6. To become a successful Negotiator & Conflict Manager
Title Suggestion: Become a Leader curated by Mesbah
What People will Learn:
  1. Communication
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Emotional Competence
  4. Develop personal Brand
  5. Negotiation
  6. Conflict management
  7. Planning
  8. Cross Cultural Communication
  9. Business Strategy
  10. Strategic Management
  11. Change Management
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1. My list of 4 to 10 Coursera courses and/or Specializations related to leadership

Strategic Leadership and Management (Specialization)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leading People and Teams (Specialization)
University of Michigan

Career Success (Specialization)
University of California, Irvine

Achieving Personal and Professional Success (Specialization)
University of Pennsylvania

Improving Communication Skills
University of Pennsylvania

Data-driven Decision Making

Leadership in 21st Century Organizations
Copenhagen Business School

Moralities of Everyday Life
Yale University

Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change
Case Western Reserve University

The Music of the Beatles
University of Rochester

2. A reason why I included each course/Specialization

-Strategic leadership and management (specialization) course is important because, the velocity and volume of issues that leaders are confronted with today has increased substantially. Essentially, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of a project. Typical responsibilities of a project manager include: Planning, Executing, and Closing Projects — defining the project, building its comprehensive work plan, and managing to the budget.

-Leading People and Teams (Specialization) course is relevant because, according to experts, a key function of leadership is for the leader to tune in to the needs of the people they are leading, and in project management, this objective is key to team work, cooperation, collaboration and overall realization of project objective.

- Career Success (Specialization) course discusses extensively on the ability to influence without manipulation, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills which are all important aspects of maintaining power and leadership

- Achieving Personal and Professional Success (Specialization). in order for one to stay competitive in this 21st century, one needs to constantly learn, grow, and improve on oneself. This includes having to commit to lifelong learning in order to continue to function and stay relevant in one’s leadership role.

- Improving Communication Skills. Now, with the advent of instantaneous communication across the globe, leaders are inundated with information and overwhelmed with meetings, therefore, perfect communication skills are key in moving from one issue to the next in a pragmatic manner.

- Data-driven Decision Making. One of the most difficult tasks in leadership is implementing changes without disrupting the whole establishment. Such changes will have supporters and protestors and this is where data driven decision making plays a role.

-Leadership in 21st Century Organizations. 21st technological revolutions, according to Professor Yuval Noah Hariri, author and one of my MOOC teachers, will gather momentum in the next few decades as it will confront humankind with the hardest trials we have ever encountered. This, for me, will also impact on the leadership trajectory; hence I have included this course.

- Moralities of Everyday Life. A leader needs to consider their broader responsibilities because, the impact of decisions they reach can largely impress on the sensibilities of people and society as a whole. Leadership is about building a society that works for all. Professor Paul Bloom dissects these issue and prospects here.

- Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change .I love this course because in order to inspire positive influence in today’s world, the leader is not the physically stronger person; it is the more creative person, the more intelligent person, the more innovative person, and there are no hormones for those attributes. Women stand just as intelligent, creative, and innovative as men. Humans have evolved just as our ideas of gender have also evolved.

-The Music of the Beatles. Professor John Covach is doing a great job here in portraying The Beatles as being hardworking and having fun, resilient and grabbing their chances, aiming high and trying new things and always challenging themselves. Never giving up, relying on themselves and working together and collaborating as they churn out hit song after hit song. This, for me, is hallmark of true leadership.

3. A title for my collection
T. Daarey’s leadership suggestions

4. What people will learn as a result of completing my collection

As a result of completing this collection, people will become well equipped intellectually to provide 21st Century-compliant leadership direction. It will provide some of the resources needed to become a competent leader whose leadership skill transcends everyday business acumen. Again, in today’s world where AI is improving at exponential rates, leaders also need to improve on those things they are uniquely good at such as creativity, intuition and personal empathy. People will become conversant to the process of data driven decision making in a variety of leadership settings. They will then understand the processes involved with leading independently and knowledgeably.