What class?

Leadership in Practice

Why is it cool?

Vince Lombardi, football player and head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.” This comment went against the very grain of the Great Man Theory of the 19th century, which attributed historical outcomes to great men or heroes. Studies today, however, insist that leadership is not just an innate feature of certain personalities. It can be practiced and executed in your everyday life on the most basic of levels. Leadership in Practice teaches students how to carefully construct and implement personal approaches to leadership.

Now, think of leadership as an act of guiding, not of an act of instructing or dictating. In Leadership in Practice, you will explore the application of seven lessons of leadership. These lessons will examine approaches and contemporary views of effective leadership through video interviews of chief executive officers who represent a variety of organizations, including for-profit, not-for-profit and public institutions. Ultimately, you will be able to understand and discuss the different approaches and contemporary views of leadership.

Upon completion of Leadership in Practice, you will be able to compare and contrast contemporary approaches to effective leadership and be prepared to discuss their application to a variety of organizational environments. You will also have analyzed the leadership approach of select leaders. The best way to understand your growth through the course will be through a pre- and post-course assessment of your position on leadership.

Over the last two decades, leadership studies have shown that the act of leading is much more complex than simply being born Napolean Bonaparte or Abraham Lincoln. Leadership can be an intentionally and carefully crafted skill that everyone can foster. Leadership in Practice expands your understanding of applicable and effective approaches to leadership, polishing your very own personal style for every day life.

Contact CLS’ Future Student Services (clsinfo@ou.edu or 405-325-3266) for more information about enrolling in this course.

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Update: The graduate-level Leadership in Practice course is now 16 weeks. This has been updated from its previous status as an 8-week course.

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