They say that leaders are born, not made. While it is true that some people are born leaders, some leaders are born in the midst of adversity. Often, people who have never had a leadership role will stand up and take the lead when a situation they care about requires it. A simple example is parenting. When a child arrives, many parents discover leadership abilities they never knew existed in order to guide and protect their offspring.
Once you learn the techniques of true Leadership and Influence, you will be able to build the confidence it takes to take the lead. The more experience you have acting as a genuine leader, the easier it will be for you. It is never easy to take the lead, as you will need to make decisions and face challenges, but it can become natural and rewarding.
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Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. With that in mind, let’s review our goals for this course.
By the end of this online course, you will be able to:
This online course on Leadership and Influence are completed via our easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system. It consist of an introductory video, 12 online modules, an eBook and quick reference sheet. You can complete the course successfully without using the eBooks or quick reference sheets. If you decide to read the eBook, you should expect to use more than the designated time for the course. You can log in to the learning management system from anywhere, making learning self-directed and available 24/7 using any computer or smartphone. The Leadership and Influence course is part of the Mini-MBA online from Harvard Square.
English doesn’t have to be your first language in order to complete the online course on Leadership and Influence. However, you must understand English in order to complete the coursework. If English is not your first language, you should expect to take more than the designated time to complete this course.
Think of some skills or qualities you feel make up a good leader.
The debate in regards to leaders being born or made has been around for a long time, what are your thoughts on it?
Simply speaking, “leadership” is defined as “the ability to lead.” Unfortunately, this is not very helpful. A better definition comes from the BNET online Business Dictionary: “The capacity to establish direction and to influence and align others toward a common goal, motivating and committing them to action and making them responsible for their performance.” Although this is more descriptive, it is not substantial. It does not tell us what leadership actually is, but rather what it does.
Not everyone is on the same intellectual, maturity, compliance, or motivational level. Different people are motivated by different things, and this must be taken into account if one is to be a great leader. Communications experts consider it critical to tailor your message to your “target audience.” It is the followers that you want to motivate and influence and you cannot do that if you don’t know whom you are trying to motivate or influence.
The best leaders are able to influence others to do something and think it was all their idea. Don’t worry about taking credit for every good thing that happens on your watch. As the leader, you get credit whenever your followers succeed because you created the environment that allowed their success.