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Duration: 1 Hour
Level: Intermediate
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Today’s managers are faced with responsibilities for functional and staff management, as well as developing strategies for growth, leading teams, and staying competitive in evolving industries and markets globally. The range of knowledge and skills required by corporate managers requires the breadth of readily applicable concepts present in this course series.

Each course acts as a refresher or a way to expand beyond the concepts taught in many MBA programs. Eric and Joe provide a means for managers to reassess and extend their knowledge in the context of their professional experience, and to review the major concepts and put them into a cohesive business strategy.

The courses addresses the major components of business: strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, organizational theory, international business, innovation, and finance. The lessons include a large and diverse set of management research, often accessible only to academics, has practical, actionable implications to help in managing an organization today.

In this course, we look at academic research and competing views of what leaders should do, what they actually do, how they establish organizational culture, and what are the elements of constructive leadership. To accomplish this, the course will review: modern analysis of how leaders allocate their time, both destructive and constructive elements of leading, and research findings on what approaches are effective to influencing a team.

This course is part of a series of courses:

Applied Executive Ed: Foundations of Business Strategy 
Applied Executive Ed: Entrepreneurship 
Applied Executive Ed: The Essence of Leadership (This Course)
Applied Executive Ed: Building Effective Organizations 
Applied Executive Ed: International Business 
Applied Executive Ed: Innovation 
Applied Executive Ed: An Introduction to Models of Corporate Finance
Applied Executive Ed: Emerging Topics in Management

Learning Objectives

We expect students to be able to describe:

  • Competing views on the purpose of leadership
  • Myths versus realities on how senior executives lead
  • The importance of corporate culture
  • Common mistakes in leading
  • Core approaches which research finds are successful in leading a team

8 Reviews (23 ratings)Reviews

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Learned from the content.
Anonymous Author
Highly informative
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A lot of good concepts are introduced. Take lots of notes!
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Too much camera time on lecturer vs. on the written text. It was a little too professorial.
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Material was informative but presentation was a little dry
Anonymous Author
Good course with multiple points of views from different authors on leadership
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Good course even if it was very academic in nature. Presenter covered a number of business theologians. It motivated me to look up one of the authors and purchase their book.
Anonymous Author
Would have preferred slides to a chapter in a book for the study materials of a 1 hour CPE course...


No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  2:26Classic Theorists: Barnard
  4:03What Leaders Do (Reality and Myth)
  5:14What Leaders Do (Barriers to Leadership)
  5:14What Leaders Do (Coping with Change)
  5:32Leadership and Culture
  3:48Destructive Leadership
  6:16Constructive Leadership
  8:14Effective Leadership
  PDFUnlocking the Ivory Tower Chapter 3