Leadership: Power, Politics and Talk (KACI-469-5)
This course was formerly known as MORS 942-B
** This course requires a weekly discussion section in addition to the
weekly lecture. Registration for a discussion section will happen separately
(after bidding and registration).
Please read this document in its entirety so that you have a complete understanding of the course's structure and requirements prior to bidding. **
Discussion section faculty: Prof. Shana Carroll, Prof. Diana Cordova, Prof. Eli Finkel, Prof. Jon ManerFall 2015, B session
Plenary/Lecture: Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. plus a required one-hour weekly discussion section
Discussion Section Options (note: students will preference these discussion sections following the bidding/registration process for the plenary session):
Discussion Section Times
Options for FT students only:
- T, 3:15-4:15 pm (Prof. Maner)
- T, 4:30-5:30 pm (Prof. Maner)
- W, 2:30-3:30 pm (Prof. Cordova)
- W, 4-5 pm (Prof. Cordova)
- R, 11am-12pm (Prof. Carroll)
- F, 1:30-2:30 pm (Prof. Finkel)
- F, 3:15-4:15 pm (Prof. Finkel)
Discussion Section Times
Options for PT students only:
- M, 5-6 pm (in Evanston, prior to plenary/lecture) (Prof. Cordova)
- Th, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (in Chicago at Wieboldt) (Prof. Carroll)
Plenary sessions: Allen Center, Evanston campus
Discussion sections: majority will be held at the Jacobs Center, Evanston campus. One discussion section held at Wieboldt Hall, Chicago campus
Building on MORS 430 (Leadership in Organizations), this 5-week course moves the focus from mid-level leadership to the senior executive level of the organization. The goal is to provide insight into leading at "height and scale" - that is, what management and leadership look and feel like when you oversee 1,000 to 100,000 people and $500M to billions in revenue. How do you lead when you are only one person and you can't "do" the work of the organization yourself, you can only steer those who do?
To make this perspective as concrete as possible, we will focus on four key behavioral levers/activities that leaders have available to them to shape and have impact within large, complex organizations. These include:
- Establishing a power base ("power")
- Navigating the organizational dynamics of change ("politics")
- Honing and leveraging your communications skills ("talk")
- Building your senior leadership team
In the first week, we begin by building an integrative framework that combines different leadership models to ground the course. The next four classes will explore each of the core topics listed above. Our learning goals include:
- Gaining insight into the senior executive's role and perspective.
- Identifying the key behavioral levers that senior leaders can use to shape and have impact within their organizations.
- Applying these insights to understand how you can best partner with and support senior leaders during the mid-level management phase of your career.
- Developing a plan for building your own senior executive capabilities over the next 10 years as you prepare for a senior executive role.
The 1/2 credit course will include 5 plenary sessions (2 hours/session) and 5 small-group discussion sections (1 hour/session). Each plenary session will combine lecture and senior executive guest speakers who will build on that week's topic by sharing their own insights and experiences. Discussion groups will follow each plenary as forums for reacting and engaging in dialogue with a smaller group of classmates about lecture content, readings and speakers.
Important considerations when bidding for this course:
- Registration for a required
All Students: MORS-430-0
All Students: Negative PreRequisite: MORS-942-B
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