Business leadership is more than just a fancy job title and a corner office. Effective leadership requires a deep understanding of the organisation; the people who run it; the context in which it operates; and perhaps most importantly, self-insight. By building these competencies, the Business Leadership MicroMasters program prepares both emerging and experienced managers for facing the challenges of leadership.
Each course in the MicroMasters program integrates current academic theories with the wisdom of experienced leaders, providing a learning experience that can’t be accomplished in the classroom alone. The objective: empower learners with the knowledge and skill to act effectively as leaders.
This MicroMasters program is intended for people who are interested in becoming effective leaders within their organization. This program and capstone project will teach you the skills needed to inspire your colleagues and to evolve your business.
Courses under this program: Course 1: Becoming an Effective Leader
Develop your leadership skills as you learn the importance of self-efficacy, social capital, and leadership style.
Course 2: Leading the Organization
Learn effective strategies for developing, articulating, and implementing organizational change initiatives that can help lead your organization to success.
Course 3: Leading High-Performing Teams
Learn how to motivate, engage and empower people to build effective and high performing teams.
Course 4: Leading in a Complex Environment
Learn how to lead your organization through challenging, modern-day, global issues.
Course 5: Business Leadership Capstone Assessment
Apply your leadership skills through a series of in-depth assessments and earn your completed Business Leadership Micromasters® Credential.
Strong leadership is regarded as one of the best predictors of organizational success and critical human capital required for career progression in almost every organization. However, leadership is also a highly complex and often misunderstood phenomenon. It‘s hard to define, but we all know good and bad leadership when we see it.
This course will equip aspiring leaders with an understanding of what leadership is and how an individual can develop the skills required to become an effective leader in their organization. Taught by instructors and presenters with decades of business and not-for-profit leadership experience, you will learn the difference between leadership and management, the importance of understanding others and building empathy and relationships, and gain a better understanding of the different leadership styles you may encounter throughout your career.
Learn through a series of engaging videos, interviews, case studies, written reflections, peer feedback, and other self-insight activities. Our instructors and faculty will help you identify your own values and ethics as a leader, and most importantly, build your self-efficacy, your confidence and belief in your own ability to achieve intended results.
This course is intended for professionals and managers seeking new leadership responsibilities, those transitioning between leadership roles or organizations, as well as current leaders of organizations. Our faculty and industry experts will teach you the critical concepts to help you better understand, operate, and thrive in leadership roles in your organization.
We will challenge you to apply your learning in a realistic simulation based on real world leadership experiences. Key topics include:
Learn through a team of award-winning UQ Business School faculty and instructors with decades of experience in both leadership scholarship and demanding leadership positions. Through a series of engaging videos, interviews, case studies, written reflections, peer feedback, and other self-insight activities, learners will develop their capacity for implementing meaningful organizational change.
This course will blend business theory and real-world insights to teach you the skills you need to better lead people and teams within your organization. Key topics will include motivation, communication, conflict management, team dynamics, and development of a healthy organizational culture.
These “people skills” rank among the most challenging competencies for both novice and experienced leaders. This course will challenge you to understand your followers on a deeper level, as well as help you to reflect and improve on your own leadership practice.
The course will draw on knowledge from psychology, human resource management, and organizational behavior, as well as the expertise of the management faculty and The University of Queensland. Through a series of engaging videos, interviews, written reflections, peer feedback, self-insight activities, and simulations, we unpack the ingredients that are critical for developing more effective people and higher performing teams.
Leaders must be prepared to succeed in fast-moving, complex, global business environments. This course is intended for people working in the modern-day global organization and will teach you how to tackle these complex and challenging issues, including:
How global issues, such as global warming and geopolitical tensions, impact an organization's decision-making process and how to navigate these challenging issues.
How leaders respond to and manage issues such as social responsibility, environmental sustainability, crisis management, and cultural differences.
How leaders represent their organizations and why it’s important they demonstrate virtue and authenticity to build trust.
This course draws on the diverse knowledge of both leadership scholars and experienced leaders. Through a series of engaging videos, interviews, case studies, written reflections, peer feedback, and other self-insight activities, this course alerts learners to intractable problems that are too often ignored. The course will not provide convenient off-the-rack answers, but asks students to dig deep into their own soul to firstly acknowledge the problems in our contemporary world and then reflect on whether they have the capacity to negotiate them.
Do not enrol in this course unless you are eligible to do so, having completed and earnt a verified certificate in all four other courses in this MicroMasters series. Ineligible learners will be automatically withdrawn from the Capstone Assessment.
The Capstone is the last step to complete the Business Innovation MicroMasters credential and is designed to test the knowledge gained in the four courses.
This Capstone will consist offour tasks comprising:
A 360-degree leadership capability review
A proctored exam
A leadership interview
A written assessment
Successful completion of the Capstone assessments means that you are eligible for credit into the on-campus Masters of Business (MBus) degree at The University of Queensland.Credential holders who meet program entry requirements will receive one semester equivalent credit (8 units), reducing study time by 6 months (12-18 months of full-time study remaining to MBus degree completion, 16-24 units remaining).
To enrol in the Capstone, learners must have completed a Verified Certificate in these four courses:
BUSLEAD1x Becoming an Effective Leader
BUSLEAD2x Leading the Organization
BUSLEAD3x Leading High-Performing Teams
BUSLEAD4x Leading in a Complex Environment
On successful completion of the four courses and the Capstone you will be awarded the MicroMasters credential.
Richard O’Quinn, Bernard McKenna, Terrance Fitzsimmons and Tyler G. Okimoto