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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Foundations of Everyday Leadership

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


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. Learn more about admission into these programs and explore how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into a degree program at


  • Course Orientation
    • You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
  • Module 1: Head and Heart of Everyday Leadership
    • This module will examine what critical levers an everyday leader has available (the management of information and the management of motivation) to accomplish a leader’s core tasks (making and implementing decisions), and why inclusiveness may be the most important skill in a leader’s toolbox.  
  • Module 2: Individual Decision Making
    • This module will focus on the management of information (head) side of everyday leadership. We will examine decision analysis as a systematic approach to using information to make decisions, as well as the weaknesses and limitations of decision analysis.
  • Module 3: Group Decision Making
    • This module will focus on group decision making as a vehicle for helping an everyday leader address some of the limitations of individual decision making. We will also consider the three key determinants of process loss in group decision making that need to be overcome for group decision making to be effective.
  • Module 4: Managing Motivation
    • This module will focus on the managing motivation (heart) side of everyday leadership.  We will examine how leaders can best manage motivation, and the importance for individual motivation of a leader's management of interdependence among group members.

Taught by

Gregory Northcraft

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is one course you don't want to miss. Very well put together and thought provoking. The discussion on diversity and inclusion alone are worth it, but I don't see how you could possibly be disappointed.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Great Course. Highly practical and applicable to our day to day work situations.
    Thank you Professor Northcraft.
    Looking forward to another course from you.
  • Nawapat Kimmanee completed this course.

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