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Online Course

Foundations of Everyday Leadership

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


In this course you will learn about the “head and heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation. The objectives are to understand why and how leadership skills are so critical to organizational success, and learn the foundations of effective leadership skills.

• Understand why and how leadership skills are so critical to organizational success
• Know how to use leadership skills to work more effectively with others, and are able to organize teams to work more effectively together
• Will be able to apply the foundations of effective leadership skills to everyday situations faced by leaders.

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and


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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  • Gabriel Fig 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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