e-Leadership

Credits: 
2.0
Term: 
Winter
Spring
Course Description: 

A resent European Commission research has confirmed a significant shortage of e-leadership skills across Europe. As technology has become the number one external impacting factor for every business, e-Leadership skills are seen as those which enable leaders to navigate the organisation towards identifying and designing business models and exploiting key innovation opportunities. E-Leaders are using the latest of technologies for engaging with their people and they are adapting approaches like agility, social collaboration, inspiration and emotional leadership into their personal skills. In a rapidly changing environment people management is more important than ever before. Keeping remote large team motivated and inspired in an organization, where generation X Y and Z works together is a real challenge even for experienced leaders.

In times of crisis leading is remarkably hard as people become demotivated, seriously stressed thus severely impeded to stretch to their full potentials. Retaining or boosting organizational culture is an intricate managerial challenge, which requires good analysing ability and experience in motivation. The aim of this course is to develop a more faceted view on contemporary leadership concepts, dilemmas and possible solutions. The main objective is to teach students how be good leaders in a continuously changing environment.

This course will be made up of interactive conceptual presentations and a workshop series to develop your own leadership framework and personal competencies and will introduce toolkits which enable you to convert your leadership into a collective process where adaptive motivation is key thus giving space for a flourishing development on personal, group and organizational levels as well.

Please Note: This course builds heavily on course participants’ work experience and on their willingness to actively share insight and opinions. Please consider this when taking this course.

Learning Outcomes: 

Core Learning Area

Learning Outcome

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Effective participation in e-base discussion forum

Enhanced argumentation skills through non-synchronous media

Increased emotional sensibility for e-based collaboration platforms

Technology skills

Basic e-learning skills

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity

Increased sensitivity for cultural differences in leading and motivating people

Quantitative Reasoning

Enhanced skills to select relevant company data and to apply to issues related to leadership and personal motivation

Ethics and Social Responsibility

Increased sensitivity to critical issues arising in the context of handling “difficult” leadership situations

Management Knowledge and Skills

Enhance insights about new methods of inspirational and collective leadership, based on adaptive motivation, conscious guidance and transfer of ownership in development.

Great understanding of leadership development challenges and successful paths to follow.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Effective participation in e-base discussion forum

Enhanced argumentation skills through non-synchronous media

Increased emotional sensibility for e-based collaboration platforms

Assessment: 

The course grade will be based on a number of different evaluation elements.

  • Individual class participation        40%
  • Student Team Negotiation           20%
  • Final Reflection Paper                 40%

Grade        Quality rating Grade points Awarded
A                Outstanding                   4.00
A-               Excellent                        3.67
B+              Very good                     3.33
B                Good                             3.00
B-               Satisfactory                   2.67
C+              Minimum pass                2.33
F                Fail                               0.00

The instructor reserves the right to adjust the scale, that is, to grade on a "curve", should he find that significantly more than the usual number of students would not pass the course under the indicated grading scale or should the distribution of the grades represent an unrealistic pattern.

Individual Class participation – 40%

40% of the grading points will be earned by a student for class participation.

Class activities include:

  • Evidence of preparation,
  • Contributions to class discussion,
  • Bringing real life examples based on own working experience,
  • Raising thought provoking questions

These points are subjective by nature. The instructor will do his best to be as fair as possible but this grading element is not open for discussions.

Student Team Negotiation – 20%

At the end of the 5th session students will form groups and will participate in a role play situation. Those students who already had similar experience from other course like Consultative Selling and Negotiations will become observers. The members of the groups are first line managers and will negotiate the salary calibration of their employees.

Final Reflection Paper - 40%

In the final assignment students are requested to write a paper in which they are analyizing a leadership situation which happened with them in the past. It can either be a situation, where they acted as leader or when their leader handled a situation with their team. In the paper students are expected to use at least one of the theories/tools to analyse the situation and conclude on what other ways the situation could have been handled (ideally better) in case the leader had the knowledge before the situation. The paper should be 3 A4 pages, Font: Calibri (body), size: 12, 1,5 line spacing.

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