Leadership Mastery: Simple, Uncommon Leadership Strategies
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Leadership Mastery: Simple, Uncommon Leadership Strategies

Learn leadership from a leader who worked with Fortune 500 CEOs to make decisions about millions of dollars daily
4.9 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,034 students enrolled
Created by Ian Bednowitz
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Implement simple lessons to make you a better leader in weeks or even days!
  • Avoid the common mistakes most leaders make
  • See that effective leadership is simple and straightforward, but not easy
  • Practice the key to becoming an outstanding leader, which is to focus on your team, not yourself
  • Dynamically match your leadership style to the needs of each of your team members, regardless of their tenure or seniority
  • Delegate effectively! Delegate the right tasks to the right team members based on their development level
  • Lead through influence: Effectively lead those you don’t directly manage
  • Manage your manager
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  • You should have at least one person that you manage, whether a direct report or a third-party like a contractor

Imagine how much more successful you could be as a leader if you could learn from the successes and mistakes of dozens of leaders, including Fortune 500 CEOs and executives, who came before you - that is what this course will do for you

While I was at Bain and at eBay I worked with dozens of leaders, including Fortune 500 executives and CEOs, as well as entrepreneurs who led highly successful venture-backed startups. I have led teams of 10, 20 or more team members, many of whom were not my direct reports. I have experienced what these leaders did well and seen the most common pitfalls.  I've thrived as a leader in some instances and fallen flat on my face in others.  In this course I will share with you the key insights of leadership I have learned through my wealth of experience to make you a highly effective leader.

You will learn how to take your leadership skills to the next level through four key lessons:

  1. The single biggest and most common challenge to becoming an effective leader is practicing one single style of leadership
  2. The reason a single style of leadership is limiting is because your direct reports evolve over time, so you will learn how to identify each phase in a direct report's development
  3. The core lesson is how to tailor your leadership style to the needs of your direct reports at each stage of their development
  4. Finally you will learn the Jedi-mind trick of successfully leading people who don't report to you: how to become a great cross-functional leader

INSTRUCTOR DIRECT SUPPORT: Ask any question and get answer right away within 24 hours or less depending on time zone - we do sleep you know ;) We are actively committed to supporting our students every step of the way.

30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Don't forget you can enroll at no risk! If this course is not for you then you can get 100% of your money back with the press of a button - no questions asked!  There is no risk to you - only upside benefit!


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has direct reports – one or 100 – and wants to improve your leadership skills quickly and effectively
  • Newly promoted managers
  • People who manage third parties like contractors or temp workers
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
Congratulations on taking a key step in becoming a highly effective leader!
1 Lecture 04:22
You cannot be an effective leader with a single leadership style
6 Lectures 19:14

Why being consistently hands-off as a leader creates challenges

How I survived working under a leader who delegated too much

Why most leaders fail

We all have default leadership styles that we tend to practice, usually in a static fashion. In this exercise you will identify which style you practice and the pros and cons you have experienced with that style. This is a critical foundation to have to become a more dynamic and effective leader.
Diagnose your own leadership style
3 questions
Why a single approach to leadership does not work: direct reports evolve
5 Lectures 11:26
The science of dynamic leadership

Newbie: The Newbie is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

The Lost Newbie: When the Newbie realizes s/he doesn't have a clue

The Emerging Star: When an employee starts becoming capable in his or her role

The Shining Star: The Holy Grail - a capable, self-assured team member

Now that you've learned about the different stages of development, its time to put your knowledge into practice. In this exercise you will identify what stage of development each of your direct reports is in today and how that changes your view of them.
Assess your direct reports’ development stages
2 questions
This section will completely change how you lead people
10 Lectures 45:29
The key to becoming a great leader: focus on the needs of your direct reports

The Newbie needs a Micromanager to be successful

Practical example of how to lead a Newbie

The Lost Newbie needs an Encouraging Micromanager, but still a micromanager

Practical example of how to lead a Lost Newbie

Adopt a Delegating Style with Emerging Stars while keeping encouragement high

Practical example of how to lead an Emerging Star

Let go and be a Delegator to Lead a Shining Star

Practical example of how to lead a Shining Star

How to know when your direct report has moved from one stage to another

Develop a specific plan to implement what you have learned in this course so far with your team
Changing how you manage your team
2 questions
The Jedi Mind Trick: Leading people who don't even report to you
6 Lectures 27:58
Cross-functional leadership isn't really hard - mostly be a decent human being

Do things for them first without expectation

Make their goals your goals

Treat others with respect (no this isn't a lecture for third graders)

Focus on their stage of development… that's right, use this course's principles!

You can use what you've learned to manage your boss and make her a better leader
Bonus section
2 Lectures 10:30
No more guessing when delegating - assign work to the team member it fits best

Delivering feedback and coaching
About the Instructor
Ian Bednowitz
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Former Head of Mergers & Acqusitions, eBay; Bain consultant

Ian Bednowitz established and led the Mergers & Acquisitions team for eBay's largest business unit for five years. During that time, he and his team invested over $1B in capital in dozens of startups across the world after evaluating and meeting with hundreds of entrepreneurs. He has a deep understanding of entrepreneurs and the challenges they face, as he not only invested money in their companies, but he would also coach them on challenges ranging from growing their business, raising funds and staying healthy while living an incredibly busy lifestyle.

Prior to his role at eBay, Ian worked for over seven years at Bain & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, where he helped work on strategy, marketing and operational issues in a broad range of Fortune 500 technology, financial services and consumer products companies. Bain sponsored Ian to attend the Kellogg School of Management, where he earned his MBA, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. Ian graduated with B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Ian realized his greatest passion at eBay was working with and coaching the entrepreneurs. As a result, in 2015 he stepped away from his role at eBay to focus exclusively on coaching entrepreneurs both one-on-one and through his Udemy courses which reach thousands of students worldwide.