BUS 63 — The Five Switches: Navigating Leadership Through Relationships
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 5—Mar 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 18
Instructor(s): Sabine Remdisch
Feb 5—Mar 12
Today’s rapidly changing workplace pressures leaders to manage changing processes, vanishing hierarchies, and less direct, personal communication. To overcome these challenges, leaders must focus on the core drivers of their success more than ever before—people, relationships, and trust. This course focuses on the Five Switches research-based framework to help leaders build and foster meaningful relationships in key areas of leadership in order to motivate, innovate, and shape the future of organizations. Students will learn to “switch on” the following five factors: workplace, collaboration, empowerment, connection, and culture. We will explore why it is important to foster agility by developing functionally and spatially flexible workplaces while maintaining connections to remote teams (workplace); to encourage real-time data exchange, enable new bridges between people, and create possibilities to share knowledge (collaboration); to enable freedom of action and decision- making in teams and motivate individuals to become more engaged (empowerment); to guide with visions, moderate networks, and become a coach who is sensitive to the needs of their team (connection); and to promote a culture of innovation and disruptive thinking by being open to diverse ideas (culture). After this course, students will understand how to focus on relationships in these five areas in order to successfully navigate the unique challenges of today’s leadership.
Sabine Remdisch, Founder and Director, LeadershipGarage; Visiting Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford; Director, Institute of Performance Management, Leuphana UniversitySabine Remdisch researches how leadership changes in today’s dynamically developing organizations. Her organization studies innovative leadership approaches and real-world challenges in order to provide solutions to leaders.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.