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Yale University

Connected Leadership

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This course is designed to maximize your ability to create change at the individual, team and system levels. Through study, reflection, and deploying practical tools, you will establish a firm connection between your clearly articulated Purpose, effective Priorities, visualized Potential for success, and pathway to maximized Progress. But, what does that mean in practice? When you take this course, you will: - Improve your ability to get the most out of life: Learn a simple practice to reflect on your purpose, clarify priorities, visualize your potential, and maximize your effectiveness at progressing towards your goals. - Strengthen your leadership toolkit: Tap into your unique leadership style and strengths and join or create a community of others to maximize your potential as a team. - Create change through systems thinking: Become a more effective agent of positive change and appreciate the power and complexity of system thinking.


  • Introduction to Connected Leadership
    • Welcome to Connected Leadership! In this module, we'll review the course framework, overall aims, and other essentials that will help you get the most out of your learning experience. We'll also take a closer look at the terms "Connected" and "Leadership" and how we'll be using them in this course.
  • Self | The Purpose-Driven, Connected Leader
    • In the Self module, you'll begin your journey to becoming a purpose-driven, connected leader. You'll start by identifying and reflecting on your individual purpose, exploring the deeply-held beliefs that have led you to this point, and drawing on those beliefs to develop a vision and action plan for the future. As part of this process, you'll create a "life on one page" map connecting your purpose, priorities and vision of potential success. You'll also learn some practical strategies to maximize your time and impact.
  • Teams | Unlocking the Potential of Working Together
    • In the Teams module, you'll explore the connection between your individual purpose, priorities, potential, and progress and those of the people around you. Using a similar process to the one you used in Self, you'll clarify the purpose of your team and use it to develop your team's mission, vision, and values statements. You'll also learn practical tools for leading teams, maximizing impact, and improving communication.
  • System | Helping to Improve the World Around Us
    • In the Systems module, you'll build on the skills and tools covered in Self and Teams to identify a system-level problem you want to solve and develop a plan to solve it. Along the way, you'll learn fundamental principles of systems thinking and how to leverage those principles to maximize your system-level impact. You'll also learn some practical tips on how to create and maintain positive momentum in systems-level change using real-world examples.
  • Looking Forward | Connected Leadership - Using the Toolkit: From Self To System
    • In this last module, you'll reflect on where you are on your journey as a purpose-driven, connected leader. You'll look back on the tools that have been most useful to you, and consider how to embed them in your life going forward. You'll consider what has changed - and will continue to evolve - in you; but just as importantly consider the system you want to improve, and how you want to improve it...with humility and curiosity.

Taught by

Peter Boyd


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