Leadership

Program Courses

To earn the Leadership certificate, students must complete three courses. 

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Professional Development Programs

Fundamentals of Leadership
LEAD_ART 200-0 Leading, Acting, and Thinking Strategically *Core Course

Strategic Thinking and Acting always appears in the list of highly desired skills for leaders, managers, and key individual contributors. This highly interactive class will use simulations and real life examples to teach you practical strategic thinking practices that you can immediately put to use. In addition, you gain insight into the strengths and development areas of your leadership style, and how your style can help you think and act strategically.

 

This course uses an adult learning approach. You will be actively involved and apply course concepts to actual situations and case studies in class. This enables you to practice skills and use tools that can be immediately applied when you go back to your work environment. We will apply strategic thinking tools including: Scenario Planning, Systems thinking, SWOT analysis, and Mind Mapping. We will use the DiSC Work of Leaders Assessment to understand your Leadership Strengths, Development areas, and how those relate to Strategy and Leading People. Instructor will use a combination of lecture, facilitation, and in-class coaching. You will also create a Personal Strategic Plan to help you with your next steps in your professional development.

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students will be provided with a link to take a DiSC assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1025

Summer 2017 Sec #45


Schedule Notes:

This course has reached enrollment capacity and is now closed. Please email profdev@northwestern.edu to be put on the wait list.


Course Materials:

Required Course Preparation:
Students will be provided with a link to take a DiSC assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

 

Additional course materials will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/03/17 - 08/04/17 ThF 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 406
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41474
LEAD_ART 202-0 Leaders as Change Agents *Core Course

As leaders or project managers you are expected to support organizational changes and get your team bought into those changes. You also create changes within your scope of work to create positive improvements to the products, services, people and revenue of the business, yet 80% of change efforts fail.

 

In this course you will learn how to be that successful influencer and creator of change. You will use proven processes for implementing lasting change that eliminate the risk of your change becoming another “flavor of the month.” You will gain the personal insight and skills to convince key stakeholders of your proposal and enlist others in your vision of change. These skills will also reduce resistance and eliminate the potential for legal action originating from mishandled change initiatives.

 

By the end of the second day you will not only possess a clear understanding of the mechanics of change within organizations but will have developed a vision for change and learned how to be a better influencer as a leader.

 

Learning Objectives: At the end of the two-day session students will have the models, knowledge and insights to:


1)  Design change using proven methods to increase adoption success
2)  Analyze the environment and variables to determine the barriers and strategies for change
3)  Identify system implications to ensure sustainable change
4)  Anticipate reactions to change and respond appropriately
5)  Identify your strengths and challenges as a key influencer in your organization
6)  Tailor influence communication to those in different stages of change and whose communication patterns differ from the student’s own style

 

Required Course Preparation:

1)  MBTI: Students will be provided with a link to take the Myers Briggs Step II assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored for each course based on assessment results.

2)  Change Application Tool: Students will apply what they learn to real situations, one of personal change and the other work related. Complete the planning tool for each change and bring these to the first day of class.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1060

Fall 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Required Course Preparation:

1) MBTI: Students will be provided with a link to take the Myers Briggs Step II assessment prior to the first day of class; learning activities will be tailored for each course based on assessment results.

2) Change Application Tool: Students will apply what they learn to real situations, one of personal change and the other work related. Complete the planning tool for each change and bring these to the first day of class.

Additional course materials will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
11/07/17 - 11/08/17 TuW 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18150
LEAD_ART 204-0 Developing People and Teams *Core Course

Organizational leaders do not achieve their goals by themselves. Effective leaders develop people in a way that promotes individual growth, while improving business outcomes. Students will look at individual development including coaching, mentoring and motivation theory. Team development will be explored through the topics of facilitation and collaboration. Participants will also have the opportunity to assess their personal style of conflict resolution.

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu prior to the first day of class. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1025

Summer 2017 Sec #47


Course Materials:

StrengthsFinder 2.0. Rath, Tom. New York: Gallup Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-595-62015-X | ISBN-13: 978-1-59562-015-6

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Book Summary). Lencioni, Patrick. Soundview Executive Book Summaries, 2009.

 

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu by Friday, June 30. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/08/17 - 07/15/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 406
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41617