Leadership Courses at the GSB

The Business School offers a broad range of courses related to organizational leadership. Courses include topics such as ethics, managing diversity, working with and managing teams, interpersonal dynamics, understanding power and influence, conflict management and negotiation, and organizational behavior.

Organizational Leadership Courses

Leadership-related courses in the MBA core (first year):
Strategic Leadership This course examines fundamental issues of general management and leadership within an organization. You will learn about setting an organization's strategic direction, aligning structure to implement strategy, and leading individuals within the firm. You will study the interplay among formal structure, informal networks, and culture in shaping organizational performance.
Ethics in Management This course emphasizes frameworks for conducting ethical analysis (on what basis can you say that a course of action is or is not ethical), the analysis of ethical dilemmas (how do you think about situations in which different ethical precepts collide), and how to deal on a day-to-day basis with the practical issues of ethical behavior in organizations.
Leadership Labs This experiential course focuses on questions such as: How do we maximize the performance of the teams we become a part of? What interpersonal skills give us influence? Which interpersonal strengths can propel us to our next promotion? What development areas might prevent our ascension to the executive suite? The Leadership Labs are designed for deep self-reflection about what behaviors we choose to use, the consequences of those behaviors, and given choices, how we might be even more productive. Each Lab session includes progressively more difficult business simulations facilitated initially by Arbuckle Leadership Fellows, then Faculty, and then finally, the most challenging cases are facilitated by experienced senior GSB alumni in our final exam—The Executive Challenge. 
Managerial Skills

In the Managerial Skills Labs, we examine several common managerial challenges faced by executives. Together with faculty, students explore these topics using four case examples, each asking students to evaluate a series of situations, develop alternatives for their resolution, and ultimately recommend and implement a course of action from the point of view of the company's owner/manager. We have selected small to midsized businesses as the context for these discussions in order to highlight the impact that key decisions and their implementation can have on the broader organization. Class preparation should include not only analysis and conclusions, but also specific recommendations on implementation. Students should come to class prepared to role play important conversations between management and other key individuals.

Managing Groups and Teams This course introduces you to the structures and processes that affect group performance and highlights some of the common pitfalls associated with working in teams. Topics include team culture, fostering creativity and coordination, making group decisions, and dealing with a variety of personalities. You will participate in a number of group exercises to illustrate principles of teamwork and to give you practice not only diagnosing team problems but also taking action to improve total team performance.
Organizational Behavior Building on the discipline of social psychology, this course helps you cultivate mindsets and build skills to understand the ways in which organizations and their members affect each other. You will learn frameworks for diagnosing and resolving problems in organizational settings. The course relates theory and research to organizational problems by reviewing basic concepts such as individual motivation and behavior; decision making; interpersonal communication and influence; small group behavior; and dyadic, individual, and inter-group conflict and cooperation.
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Executive Education Programs in Leadership and Strategy