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Northwestern University

Organizational Leadership

Northwestern University via Coursera Specialization


Equip yourself to successfully lead organizations through clarity of purpose and effective collaboration — by building and motivating teams; designing and delivering powerful stories; developing strategies to appropriately influence; understanding underlying customer analytics and applying innovative approaches to deliver impact. How do aspiring managers succeed in an ever-changing business environment? How do they lead different groups to action? This specialization equips aspiring managers to lead change and leverage different roles and functions within for-profit institutions to create lasting value in the marketplace. Throughout the five courses, we will explore how great leaders assess themselves and lead collaborative teams that effectively manage negotiations and conflict. We will discover how leaders communicate through storytelling and employ other communication strategies to influence. Furthermore, we will learn how organizations start with the clarity of purpose that comes from an understanding of customers’ needs, including leveraging data analytics, and use that focus to drive the design of products and services to meet those needs effectively. At the end of the coursework, students will create a capstone project that allows them to apply what they have learned. Each of the individual courses can be audited for free: 1-High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation, 2-Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling, 3-Leadership Through Social Influence, 4-Leadership Through Marketing, 5-Leadership Through Design Innovation.


Course 1: High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation
- Offered by Northwestern University. Are leaders born or made? Learn the essential skills to develop and expand your leadership repertoire, ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling
- Offered by Northwestern University. Storytelling is an essential part of leadership. Effective leaders communicate to inspire talent to ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Leadership Through Social Influence
- Offered by Northwestern University. This course will provide learners with a systematic general framework for analyzing persuasive influence ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Leadership Through Marketing
- Offered by Northwestern University. The success of every organization depends on attracting and retaining customers. Although the marketing ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Leadership Through Design Innovation
- Offered by Northwestern University. Today’s workplace calls for a new style of leadership to embolden and accelerate innovation. Design ... Enroll for free.

Course 6: Organizational Leadership Capstone
- Offered by Northwestern University. The capstone project consists of a case study that must be addressed to complete the specialization. ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Barbara O'Keefe, Candy Lee, Daniel J. O’Keefe, Ed Colgate, Elizabeth Gerber, Ernest Duplessis, Florian Zettelmeyer, Greg Carpenter, Greg Holderfield, Hud Englehart, Leigh Thompson, Pam Daniels, Sanjay Khosla and Tom Collinger


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