MLD-201 A: Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Ronald Heifetz


Day Time Location
First Day 9/3
Meet Day T/Th 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM L140


This course applies theory to the practice of leadership within societies and organizations facing the adaptive challenges of a changing world. We clarify the relationship among key concepts -- leadership, management, authority, power, influence, followership, citizenship - to provide a coherent, practical foundation. The course develops: a) diagnostic tools for analyzing the systemic dynamics of change in social systems, and b) strategies of action to mobilize collective attention and problem-solving responsibility. These tools include strategies to generate social learning and innovation; orchestrate multi-party conflict; lead through crisis; gain, use, and negotiate with authority; and build a culture of long-term adaptability. Through these frameworks and tools, students discover options for practicing leadership with and without authority, from any position in an organization or society. In addition to lectures, discussion, and small group work, the course draws on student cases of leadership, experiential exercises, and case-in-point teaching - using the classroom process to understand social system dynamics. Numerous written analyses, a major paper, and complete attendence are required.

Attendance at first class required. Occasional evening meetings.







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