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Practical Leadership

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  • Course level: Beginner
  • Categories Business
  • Duration 01h 30m
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update January 2, 2020

About Course

The goal of the class is for each student to increase his or her own leadership abilities through an ongoing cycle of practice, feedback and reflection.


Pat Bentley. 15.974 Practical Leadership. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

Course Description

Practical Leadership is an interactive seminar where students receive repeated coaching and real-time feedback on their own leadership capabilities from their peers and the instructor. The course is structured around a set of readings. However, the key component is each student’s own self-assessment. These self-assessments are done by the students in the first week of the semester. The areas for improvement that the students identify are then targeted in the weekly role plays that are customized for each student in the class.

What Will I Learn?

  • Gain real-time feedback on your won leadership capabilities

Topics for this course

6 Lessons01h 30m

Introduction and Overview?

Set the baseline. What understanding of leaders and leadership have each of us already acquired? Brief overview of the theories and themes in this course
Introduction and Overview

Leadership Frameworks?

Trait Theory Distributed Leadership Model Brief Discussion of Action Plans Leadership Traits Role Play


Different Communication Styles and Structures Giving Good Feedback: How to be a Good Coach Journal Entries Distributed Leadership Assessment Results Giving/Receiving Feedback Role Play

Situational Leadership?

Explore Leadership Types Journal Entries Situational Role Play

Influencing Others?

Leading without Authority Journal Entries Leading from Any Chair Role Play

Decision Making?

Decision-making Models Decision-making Styles Recommendations for Changes to this Course Decision-making Role Play Brief Summary of Results of Action Plans

About the instructor

4.80 (5 ratings)

8 Courses

12 students


Material Includes

  • Lecture notes