A Whole New Way: Leadership for a Global World

Join students worldwide and utilize your strengths, enhance your EQ, and practice effective leadership styles
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 4 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

Join people from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and North America in learning how to practice leadership.

Provided by The Leadership Center at Saint Mary's College of California, based upon the pioneering Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership program, this course will enhance your capacity in leadership.

It will enable you to reach your own and others' potential to make a meaningful difference in your organization or community through engaged and concrete action. It will teach you how to develop yourself and your relationship with others. At the end of this course, you will be better able to practice 21st century leadership in your work and in your life.

I have received more growth and development from this MA program than four years at Stanford."

Aaron Bright, Independent Screenwriter and former Saint Mary’s basketball guard

Learn to Practice Global Leadership through Concrete Action

  • Boost your emotional and cultural intelligence
  • Collaborate better with anyone
  • Transform your ideas into meaningful action
  • Innovate for social impact
  • Coach others for learning
  • Develop excellent communication skills
  • Identify your strengths and values
  • Navigate complexity through learning and experimentation
  • Attain global competencies that transfer across cultures
  • Become more creative and innovative
  • Find your leadership style

What Is Leadership? Gain Leadership Skills for the 21st Century

Today's world is becoming more fast-paced, complex, and interconnected. To be effective, we cannot rely on old paradigms of top-down leadership styles. Moreover, in order to solve global issues such as poverty and climate change, we cannot rely on simplistic and technical responses.

In this course, you will learn leadership styles that are particularly needed in today's global and interdependent world from experienced professionals and educators at Saint Mary's College.  What is unique about this course is that you do not only learn new ideas about leadership, but you also learn how to make a meaningful difference in ambiguous and complex situations through practical action.  Furthermore, you learn how to do this with other people in collective and collaboratively creative ways.

Overview of Content

This course has 4 hours of content divided into 36 video lessons, most of which include concrete learning activities. This enables you to practice leadership while learning about it. Through the videos, the corresponding PowerPoint slides, articles, and activities, this course will teach you a whole new way of leadership for a global world.

In this course, we identify what leadership qualities are needed and how to develop them over 12 classes. These 12 classes are divided into three sections. The course should take  2-3 months to complete, depending on how much time you put into it on a daily basis.

Section 1 is called "Global Contexts for 21st Century Leadership". In this section, we elaborate more on the implications of today’s global and interdependent world in our life and leadership, what leadership qualities we need, and how to develop them.

In section 2, "Building Cross-cultural Competencies", we identify a range of leadership qualities that research has shown are essential for effective global leadership, and several opportunities to practice them.

Section 3 is "Leadership in Action". Here we help you transfer your knowledge into practical action. Moreover, we help you create a Leadership Development Plan that will enable you to practice leadership in an ongoing way.

What are the requirements?

  • When you enroll in this course, you will need a computer or tablet to watch the videos. Moreover, please attain a notebook that will be your leadership learning journal.
  • No prior leadership knowledge is needed to take this course. However, it is a graduate level course and it thus requires concentration.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Describe the most important characteristics of effective leadership
  • Enhance your self-awareness through identifying values and practicing personal reflection
  • Explain what promotes meaningful change in organizations
  • Identify personal competencies that improve cross-cultural communication and relationships
  • Develop new skills in communication, dialogue, collaborative learning, and team development in cross-cultural settings
  • Expand your range of intelligences, such as emotional, cultural, and creative in service of leadership and teamwork
  • Identify the steps for collaborating effectively with others
  • Practice imaginal and systems thinking toward your future in leadership
  • Describe a personal philosophy of leadership and identify effective leadership styles
  • Design a specific action plan on how to practice your leadership philosophy in your work and life

Who is the target audience?

  • Typical students of this course include people who wish to develop themselves and their relationship with others, people who think there is a different way of doing things, people who are about to launch or change their careers, and people who wish to find effective leadership styles.

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Section 1: Global Contexts for 21st Century Leadership

What Is Leadership?
Understanding Leadership
Leadership Learning Journey
Leadership and Values
Developing Leadership Skills
Introduction to Systems Theory
Systems Theory in Action
Leadership and Systemic Change
Developing Team Values
Developing a Team Roadmap
Leadership in Teams
Section 2: Building Cross-Cultural Competencies
Overview of Section 2
Global Competencies Inventory
Cultural Intelligence
Listening and Sharing
Ladder of Inference
Layers of Culture
Generative Listening
Intercultural Communication
Dance of Self-Other Knowing
Creativity and Leadership
Global Justice
Section 3: Leadership in Action
Overview of Section 3
Model of Learning and Change
Leadership Development Plan
Introduction to Coaching
Case Presentation
Coaching and Leadership
Guidelines for Shared Inquiry
Collaborative Inquiry
Collaboration and Leadership
Multiple Ways of Knowing
Collective Creativity
Summary and Synthesis

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Instructor Biography

Doug Paxton Ph.D., Faculty MA in Leadership & Co-Director of Leadership Center

Doug Paxton is Co-Director for the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College and currently focuses his teaching in the area of Values, Leadership and Sustainable Organizational Change. He brings to his teaching and facilitation over twenty-five years of leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including roles he served as the Director of People and Organizational Development at Business for Social Responsibility, Executive Director of Indochinese Housing Development Corporation and as the founding Program Director of the Presidio World College MBA in Sustainable Management. He is passionate about what humanity has to learn from reconnecting to our values and the natural world.

Doug Paxton's specialties are Group Facilitation, Values and Leadership Coaching, Transformative Learning, Cooperative Inquiry & Community Building for Inclusive, Creative and Sustainable Organizations and Communities.

Instructor Biography

Ann Masai Jones Ph.D., Faculty MA in Leadership

Ann Masai has been an adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s College for 3 years. Previously she was a faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute for 5 years teaching Leadership and Personal Development as well as Social Justice and Business. She received her Ph.D. from The California Institute of Integral Studies in 2001 in Learning and Change in Human Systems.

She was also an adjunct faculty member in the Social Transformation Concentration of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, where she taught Action Research and Socially Engaged Spirituality. In 2006, she received a certificate in Generating Transformation Change in Human Systems from The Leadership Institute Of Seattle. In addition she is an Interfaith Minister ordained at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.

With her multi-racial background, Ann Masai seeks to identify and eradicate the effects of internalized racism, oppression, and sexism, both locally and globally. It is masai’s joy and vision to create conscious leadership and business practices that promote social equity, build resilient communities, and build capacity for businesses leaders to care for the earth and its human community.    

Instructor Biography

Ken Otter Ph.D., Faculty MA in Leadership & Co-Director of Leadership Center

Ken Otter is the founder and co-director of the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College of California.

He has studied, taught, and developed cutting-edge programs in leadership for more than 25 years. Throughout this journey, he has created and delivered leadership programs in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Dr. Otter has contributed to the development of a wide range of programming inside and outside of Saint Mary's College including:

•    Designed a global leadership certificate program in partnership with a global talent development organization. The program has enhanced the leadership capacity of young professionals from all over the world.
•    Designed a leadership artistry for managers program for the city of Oakland.
•    Co-designed and delivered a community leadership program for San Jose and Moraga.
•    Co-designed and delivered a 21st century leadership seminar to project managers at AT&T, the Federal Reserve Bank, UC Berkeley, and Alameda County’s sheriff’s department.

Co-designed and facilitated various workshops such as:

•    The Heart of Coaching: Essentials Skills in Bringing Forth the Best in People
•    Presence in Leadership ~ Embodying the Interplay of Inner and Outer Change
•    Collaborative Leadership Lab: Developing Change Agents, Co-sponsored with Swissnex, San Francisco, CA
•    Mastering Direct Conversations: Keys to Effective Leadership
•    Core Values at Work

Instructor Biography

Maura Wolf M.A., Faculty MA in Leadership

Maura Wolf is a professor, coach and writer.  She teaches The Future of Leadership; Values, Ethics and Decision Making; and Leadership Theory as part of the Master's in Leadership Program at Saint Mary's College of California. She also teaches undergraduate business students in a course called Managing and Leading in Business.

She is also the author of multiple publications, including her most recent book: "What Matters Most: Everyday Leadership at Home, at Work, and in the World".  Driven by a passion to support the potential in each person, she champions the development of leadership capacities in women.  Her past work as a consultant has focused largely in the non-profit and public sector

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