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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leadership and Influence

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


The only thing you get to change is yourself, and in the prerequisites to this course we’ve given you real tools to do that. Now, use those tools to influence the course of your future, your team's future, and your organization's future. Make a plan for yourself that will help you help others, and learn skills to make it happen.

Listening and being sure of your values underpins everything that comes with professional influencer and leadership soft skills. We’ll go on to look at self-assessment and leadership planning, negotiation, addressing and resolving conflict, and successfully identifying and promoting circumstances you want.

After this course, you will be able to:

- state your own mission and plan with confidence
- negotiate and persuade
- deal with difficult people
- contribute to crafting a working environment you want to work in

The prerequisites for this course are Courses One and Two of the Specialization "Professional IQ: Preventing and Solving Problems at Work".


  • 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.
  • Week 1: Becoming a Leader
    • Find out what it can be like to make the transition into a leadership role. Learn how your values and branding are essential in this transition.
  • Week 2: Influence, Persuasion, and Negotiation
    • Learn how influence and persuasion are key to leadership and some essentials negotiation concepts and skills. Explore more about effective communication.
  • Week 3: Difficult Conversations as a Leader
    • Develop skills for tackling difficult conversations, including giving and getting feedback and handling complaints.
  • Week 4: It’s Your Life - Live it Well
    • Pull together skills and knowledge from throughout the courses while examining the importance of your alignment and fit in an organization. Reflect on the importance of learning as a leader and plan for what happens next in your professional career.

Taught by

C. K. Gunsalus


4.5 rating at Coursera based on 50 ratings

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