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Leadership for the Global Executive

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Learning How to Lead

"This class provides me with the fundamental concepts to a better understanding of leadership…I have been put into leadership positions, but never actually been taught how to lead. I now look at myself and better understand why I do the things that I do. This class spans each term and I look forward to each session as I try to improve myself. This is why I chose Duke over other leading programs."

Todd Watterson '12
VP Global Sales & Business Operations
Datacard Group

At Fuqua, we distinguish leadership from management, but both are important for global executives. Leadership depends on persuasion and inspiration, while management depends on systems and rewards. Leadership is about asking the right questions, not having all the right answers. We'll help you to think about how to do that, and you'll leave with a "leadership lens" through which to see future challenges.

The purpose of the Leadership for the Global Executive course is to provide opportunities for reflection, debate, and practice so you can hone your leadership skills. You'll explore your own style, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as more general principles of effective leadership. The course also serves as a forum and focus for your development as an executive (and a person), building skills that will make you more effective in your professional life.

During each term of this multi-term course, you will focus on a different domain, or aspect, of leadership according to The Six Domains of Leadership model developed by Fuqua professors Allan Lind and Sim Sitkin:

  • Responsible
  • Inspirational
  • Supportive
  • Personal
  • Relational
  • Contextual

Leadership Takes Many Forms

In organizations, leadership exists within both formal hierarchy and informal culture. It's more than a position or title—it involves a personal relationship, and it's a key element of successful coordinated action. Leadership doesn't just happen downward—you can lead up and you can lead sideways regardless of your position in your company's hierarchy. You may lead within a team, with your peers, or even with clients and investors. Global business leaders must be savvy and technically competent, but collaborative work also requires leadership.

Like any skill set, leadership can be improved. Taught by Professor Allan Lind, you will be given tools to help you improve your leadership skills. With class assignments including a personal development plan, reflection journals, and an organizational change initiative, you will focus on improving your leadership skills to have a greater impact within your organization.

Below are the key components of the course:

  • Your first major assignment is a personalized development plan that outlines your current leadership challenges and defines specific behaviors to address those challenges. The plan will be based on your 360 evaluations on the Six Domain Leadership Survey. Your leadership coach will act as a sounding board helping you to digest the 360 evaluation. The personal development plan is a practical way to apply what you learn in class to transform your leadership style and skills

  • Coach's Perspective

    "Many executives need an unbiased colleague to serve as a sounding board for leadership challenges and ideas. That's what we coaches do. You can be vulnerable and we won't judge. We are here to help you become the type of leader you want to be."

    Sanyin Siang
    Leadership Coach & Executive Director of The Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics

    Our certified leadership coaches assist you in clarifying your leadership challenges, so you can learn to improve. Coaches help you with time management, work-life balance, prioritization, negotiation, leveraging talent, and team building. Based on your experience and interests, you will be paired with a coach who will learn your story and will help guide you along the leadership development aspects of the program.

    Coaches are not a required part of the program, but you are encouraged to take advantage of them as a resource. All coaching is personalized, individual, and confidential.

  • The course includes a strong global component. Through in-class case studies of world leaders, you are challenged to see how the leader's style would translate to your region, country, and company. You will be drawn out to share your own expertise in class and after class in the online discussion forums.

  • This capstone project integrates all the knowledge you've gained in the Global Executive MBA program and is a bridge between the program and the real-world. It is a practical project that you are meant to implement after graduation. The change target can be a process, procedure, or even a person within your work setting. It may also be a change that you wish to make in a social, religious, or political context.

    After submitting a written change plan, you will present and discuss it with your classmates during the Term 5 residency. The presentations are interactive and detailed, providing you with the opportunity to learn from and leverage the expertise of your classmates.

    Read about the faculty teaching the program.