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Johns Hopkins University

Principles of Management

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera


Team leads, managers, and entrepreneurs must juggle team citizenship and leadership, ethics, strategy, and projects with their work in their area of expertise. While an individual contributor’s success may depend on their own direct input -- the sweat of their own brow – managers’ success depends on their ability to enlist the active involvement of others: direct reports, other managers, other team members, other department employees, and those above them on the organizational chart -- sometimes even their suppliers or customers! How do you form, launch, and manage a team such that it has the highest chance of success? How can you ensure your team’s work aligns with the organization’s strategy? What basic project management tools can you utilize right away, without purchasing special software, that will help your team meet its objectives on time, on budget, and to spec? Your success at work will depend on the level of trust your colleagues, those who report to you, and those to whom you report feel toward you – how can you build and maintain a high degree of trust? This course will help you succeed in your career.


  • Introduction to Management: Communicating with Direct Reports & Teams
    • In this module, you will be introduced to the skills and tools needed to create and launch teams and communicate clearly and professionally with direct reports, peers, and those above you on the organizational chart.
  • Coaching Direct Reports & Teams and Influencing Without Authority
    • In this module you will learn to coach your direct reports and peers to ensure clarity in work expectations, support internal motivation, and correct performance shortfalls. You will also learn how to influence others – even those over whom you have no authority – to support your shared goals.
  • Strategy, Priorities, Projects
    • In this module you will learn to align your own and your work group’s tasks and projects with your organization’s strategy and the five stages to complete projects effectively.
  • Making High-Quality, Ethical Decisions
    • In this module you will be provided frameworks to analyze and respond to ethical challenges and tools to support team decision-making and you will develop a plan to ensure your direct reports and teams make ethical decisions that support your organization’s strategy.

Taught by

Illysa Izenberg


4.7 rating at Coursera based on 294 ratings

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