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MSM 671 Strategic Leadership

Learn the traits of a successful organizational leader.

Format: Offered Online and On-Campus

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Strategic leaders are responsible for building leadership capacity within their people and organizations. They must also assess external trends and forecasts that may impact their organizational functioning and sustainability. In MSM 671 Strategic Leadership, you’ll develop the skills needed to mobilize followers and organizations for effective current-day action in preparation for future challenges, threats and opportunities.

Throughout the course, you will engage in a variety of assessment methods to demonstrate course competencies. These assessment methods may include, but are not limited to, written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.

What You’ll Learn in MSM 671

The best way to assess the effectiveness of your leadership skills is by measuring your ability to influence the behavior of your followers. Throughout the course, you’ll build personal vision, mission and values statements, compare/contrast these with those of their organizations and, ultimately, develop a strategic plan for future leadership development.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Performance Management Principles and Leadership
  • A Leader’s Relationships
  • Discretionary Effort
  • Leadership Measurement and Trends Forecasting
  • Motivating Followers: Using Systems Thinking to Solve Organizational Problems
  • The Use of Scenarios to Challenge Management Thinking
  • Looking Toward the Future
  • Developing Plans for Future Strategic Leadership Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MSM 671, you will be able to:

  • Develop a personal vision, mission and values statement. Compare/contrast your statement with your organization’s vision, mission, and values statements to examine organizational fit.
  • Use strategic leadership principles, trends forecasting and scenario building to examine organizational competitive advantage and sustainability and affect change in your personal sphere of influence.
  • Project, analyze and forecast governmental, environmental, societal, financial and cultural trends that may impact your organizational operations.
  • Assess the nature of your organizational relationships and your potential for future leadership.
  • Develop systemic action plans for addressing trends to keep your organization vibrant and sustainable.
  • Think, act and perform systemically and strategically and influence others within your organization to do the same.
  • Benchmark your development as a strategic leader by charting and reporting on the behavior of your followers.
  • Develop a personal plan for your future strategic leadership development.

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*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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