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Becoming an Effective Leader

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10 weeks
99 USD
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Self-paced Online
10 weeks
99 USD
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Course description

Becoming an Effective Leader

Strong leadership is regarded as one of the best predictors of organizational success and critical human capital required for career progression in almost every organization. However, leadership is also a highly complex and often misunderstood phenomenon. It‘s hard to define, but we all know good and bad leadership when we see it.

This course will equip aspiring leaders with an understanding of what leadership is and how an individual can develop the skills required to become an effective leader in their organization. Taught by instructors and presenters with decades of business and not-for-profit leadership experience, you will learn the difference between leadership and management, the importance of understanding others and building empathy and relationships, and gain a better understanding of the different leadership styles you may encounter throughout your career.

Learn through a series of engaging videos, interviews, case studies, written reflections, peer feedback, and other self-insight activities. Our instructors and faculty will help you identify your own values and ethics as a leader, and most importantly, build your self-efficacy, your confidence and belief in your own ability to achieve intended results.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


English writing/reading proficiency (required) Some experience in managing people (recommended)

Training content

Module 1: What is Leadership?

Focuses on What is Meant by Leadership and How We Have Come to Identify What It Comprises.

Module 2: Leadership Styles (the History of Leadership)

Examines the History of Leadership Through Exploring Leadership Theories.

Module 3: Power and Leadership

Examines the Relationship Between Power and Leadership.

Module 4: Emotional Intelligence (Social Capital)

Considers the Emotional and Social Intelligence of Leadership.

Module 5: Believing in Something

Focuses on the Beliefs and Values Required to Becoming an Effective Leader.

Module 6: Honesty, Integrity and Ethics

Considers Leadership Morals and Values in Relation to Ethics and Integrity.

Module 7: Know Thyself

Enables You to Explore Your Own Self in Relation to Becoming an Effective Leader.

Module 8: Knowledge, Wisdom and Intelligence

Considers the Critical Skills Required in Building Leadership Credibility and Trust.

Module 9: Diversity in Leadership

Examines the Key Leadership Skill of Managing Equity and Inclusion Within an Ever Increasingly Diverse


Module 10: the Role of the Steward

Considers the Role of Stewardship in Effective Leadership.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The University of Queensland, a partner institute of EdX.

8-10 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • What leadership means and how have we come to identify what it comprises.
  • Leadership styles and the theories behind them.
  • The relationship between power and leadership and how to influence others.
  • The role of ethics and values in leadership.
  • How to become a credible leader and business steward.
  • The importance of followership for leader outcomes.

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