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
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.
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.
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.
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
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