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BUS 175 — Resilient Leadership

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—May 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $530
Instructor(s): Frieda K. Edgette
Limit: 50
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 1—May 20
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 14
1 Unit
Frieda K. Edgette
How do you respond to the unpredictable? What happens when obstacles emerge? Do you tend to fight, flee, freeze, or fire up? At its core, resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity. In today’s world, there is no shortage of adversity “ingredients”: constant connection, declining public trust, increasing competition, a 24/7 news cycle, and infinite to-dos. For some people, this is an equation for burnout or withdrawal. For the resilient, these factors ignite motivation, optimism, and creativity. To stay focused amid the storm, resilient leaders develop “strong backs” of mental determination and hardiness. They also cultivate “soft fronts” comprising emotional intelligence and agility. If these qualities do not describe you right now, there is good news: Resiliency can be taught and learned. This course draws from organizational, health, and sports psychology to build mindset and tactical skill. First, we will establish an understanding of the neurological, biological, and behavioral sciences of resilience. Next, we will explore five components that build and strengthen resiliency: self-awareness, self-management, focused attention, leveraged strengths, and taking vision-oriented action. We will unpack each component and implement it through accessible strategies, visualizations, real-time scenarios, and skill drills to bolster effectiveness. Weekly assignments are designed to build these resiliency muscles and apply them in your day-to-day life. Finally, we will create personalized action plans to further growth.

Frieda K. Edgette, Founder and Principal, Novos Consulting; Certified Leadership Coach; Founder, Courage to Run

Frieda K. Edgette has facilitated more than 150 crosssector change initiatives, and helped more than 2,000 emerging and high-level leaders navigate through unpredictable environments, including corporate, nonprofit, and political campaign C-suite executives, US secretaries, and parliamentarians. She has been published in Harvard Business Review, GOVERNING, Campaigns & Elections, Roll Call, The Hill, POLITICO Women Rule, US News & World Report, and Mindful, and has appeared on C-SPAN discussing leadership, resiliency, and strategy.

Textbooks for this course:

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