Anne Hardy, Vice President Developer Experience, SAP Labs, Palo Alto, CA
"Yuecel, who used to report to me, went through the program. He was a technical expert, and the MBA elevated him to another level. I began to see him as a community leader. He started several initiatives on his own including the creation of a collaborative, online leadership forum that now has over 200 employee members and is benefiting the company as a whole."
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
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:
Six Domains of Leadership
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: