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BUS 53 — Leadership and Decision-Making

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—May 10
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 18
Unit: 1
Tuition: $375
Instructor(s): John Steinhart
Limit: 45
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 5—May 10
6 weeks
Drop By
Apr 18
1 Unit
John Steinhart
This course begins with a comprehensive definition of leadership that includes motivation, influence, and specific resources that leaders can apply to engage and inspire followers. Values and vision are critical components of leadership, and students will learn how to translate these meaningfully into their groups and organizations. Students will also learn key elements of followership and emotional intelligence, as well as different styles of leadership and the distinctive situations in which they can be applied.

We will look at various aspects of decision-making, including framing the problem; constructive conflict; the role of intuition, barriers, and traps; engaging groups and integrating the experience of teams and experts; resisting groupthink; and managing change. We will also examine a process for highly effective decision-making, applicable to both small and large groups. Using lectures, film clips, readings, and written exercises, this course is designed for entrepreneurs, executives, and managers within companies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and public agencies.

This course is intended for those with advanced degrees or at least five years of supervisory or project management experience.

John Steinhart, Management Consultant

John Steinhart consults with corporations, venture and private equity firms, and public and nonprofit organizations. For more than ten years, he has specialized in conflict resolution. At the Graduate School of Business, he directed both the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program (now MSx) and the Public Management Program. He received an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.