1. The Science of Leadership and the Genesis of a Great Leader

MGMT 815.50

In this course we begin with a look at the essence and principles of leadership, and how the paradigm of leadership has changed from yesteryears.

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What you can learn.

  • Understand leadership thorugh different lenses
  • Appreciate the complexities and intracacies of being a leader
  • Learn to be a great leader

About this course:

Understanding the intricacies of human mind, human psyche and our biological imprint on our behavior and thought process will help leaders reach for excellence and become more effective and influential leaders. In this course we begin with a look at the essence and principles of leadership, and how the paradigm of leadership has changed from yesteryears. We then focus on getting to know yourself and your followers. We explore human mind from psychological perspective and how it colors and shapes leaders’ and followers’ behaviors and actions. As part of science of leadership we examine the evolutionary leadership theory, followed by the brain game and the molecular and hormonal impacts on leadership. It is said that we are the sum of our habits. To be a leader who reaches excellence, you need to break your bad habits and develop good habits. You will learn the science behind how habits are formed and best ways to break them. Every great leader is defined by decisions he or she makes. There is an art and a science to decision-making that is examined in this class. You will learn the pitfalls of decision-making and how to avoid analysis paralysis. Understanding the intricacies of human mind, human psyche and our biological imprint on our behavior and thought process will help leaders reach for excellence and become more effective and influential leaders. This course begins with a look at the essence and principles of leadership, and how the paradigm of leadership has changed from yesteryears. Next, the focus will be on getting to know yourself and your followers. The human mind is explored from psychological perspective and how it colors and shapes leaders’ and followers’ behaviors and actions. Leaders who are “brain savvy” are more effective leaders. As part of neuroscience of leadership, the most essential traits of human brain are analyzed so that leaders can understand how to best influence others. Next, the molecular and hormonal impacts on leadership are examined followed by the “brain game.” The “brain game” delves into the mysteries of perception, habits and the art of decision making. Our perception colors how we see the world. Every major scientific breakthrough, social revolution or corporate phenomenon has begun with a change in perception and the power of paradigm shift. To be a visionary leader, you need to tap into this hidden power.  It is said that we are the sum of our habits. To be a leader who reaches excellence, you need to break your bad habits and develop good habits. You will learn the science behind how habits are formed and best ways to break them. Every great leader is defined by decisions he or she makes. There is an art and a science to decision-making that is examined in this class. You will learn the pitfalls of decision-making and how to avoid analysis paralysis. 

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