Leadership: People, Teams and Organizations

Columbia Business School

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Columbia Business School


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A key task when leading is to assemble the skills, talents, and resources of individuals and groups to solve problems and create new opportunities. A leader must manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals; a leader must make things happen, and often under conditions or time frames that are not of their choosing.

The successful execution of these tasks requires an array of leadership skills including the diagnosis of problems, making effective decisions, influencing and motivating others, managing the diversity of our personal contacts, optimizing cross-functional teams, driving culture and change, and negotiating with others effectively, while always maintaining ethics and integrity.

Emeritus and Columbia Business School Executive Education

Columbia Business School Executive Education is collaborating with online education provider Emeritus to offer a portfolio of high-impact online programs. These programs leverage Columbia’s thought leadership in management practice developed over years of research, teaching, and practice. By collaborating with Emeritus, we are able to broaden access beyond our on-campus offerings in a collaborative and engaging format that stays true to the quality of Columbia Business School Executive Education.


Module 1 - What Does Leadership Mean to You


  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? Get insightful feedback from Columbia Business School’s 360° Survey
  • Who is the leader in Miracle on Hudson?
  • Analyze the behaviors of leaders who inspired you and who outraged you


  • Archetypes of a Leader: An Exposition
  • Decode Sully: Exemplar Leader
  • The leader as an Integrator
  • Successful Leadership: The Four Essential Elements


  • Get yourself into a powerful mindset and experiment with your own leadership style
  • Implement Four Elements of Leadership

Module 2 - How to Make Effective Decisions


  • Decision Making Survey
  • Speed Ventures Case Study


  • How Leaders Make Wise Decisions
  • Six Decision Making Biases that Leaders Need to Avoid
  • When to use intuition and when to use expertise


  • The Challenge Case
  • Applying the 6 Decision Making Biases Framework to your Leadership Style

Module 3 - The Art of Influencing with Ethics


  • Kidney Case Assignment
  • What do you think are the traits of a great influencer?
  • Have you or your organization made a decision that was unfair?


  • Principles of Fairness & Justice
  • Fairness criteria
  • Techniques: Ninja Persuasion


  • Put into practice: influence techniques
  • Analyse the Martin Luther King speech
  • 360° Self Assessment Paper

Module 4 - Creating and Leading High Impact Teams


  • Pre-read: Mary Kae case study
  • Describe their organization culture
  • Make a team decision – Columbia CaseWorks: Grogan Air
  • Analyze a stellar team vs a “I can’t wait for it to be over” team


  • Leading Teams: Success and Failure Factors
  • Common mistakes that teams should avoid; leader as an integrator
  • Collective intelligence
  • Design Strategies for Teams
  • 6 Strategies for High Performance Teams
  • Empowerment


  • Grogan Air – Team Process Survey
  • Evaluate Your Team Using the 6 Strategies

Module 5 - How to Understand Organizational Structure To Lead Effectively


  • Pre-Read: Mary Kae Case Study
  • Describe their organization culture


  • Leading teams: success and failure factors
  • Common mistakes that teams should avoid; leader as an integrator
  • Collective intelligence
  • Design strategies for teams
  • 6 strategies for high performance teams
  • Empowerment
  • Culture’s tool box
  • Culture during a merger


  • Reflect on the culture of your organization. What are the artifacts, values, and assumptions that make up your organization’s culture?
  • What are 3 things you can do to strengthen the culture of your team?

Module 6 - The Power of Social Capital


  • Understand your Social Capital via the Network Assessment Questionnaire
  • Watch Video: The Power of Social Networks
  • When you think of NETWORKING, what are the first 3 thoughts that come to mind?


  • Cluster Networks
  • Social Networks: Importance for Leadership Success
  • Crafting your Network: Optimal Network Type
  • Determinants of Your Network
  • Developing your GAFA
  • Dormant Ties


  • Reflect on your key concepts


Emeritus follows a unique online model. This model has ensured that nearly 90 percent of our learners complete their course.

Orientation Week

The first week is orientation week. During this week you will be introduced to the other participants in the class from across the world. You will also learn how to use the learning platform and other learning tools provided.

Weekly Goals

On other weeks, you have learning goals set for the week. The goals would include watching the video lectures and completing the assignments. All assignments have weekly deadlines.

Learning Videos

The recorded video lectures are by faculty from the collaborating university.

Live Webinars

Every few weeks, there are live webinars conducted by Emeritus course leaders. Course leaders are highly-experienced industry practitioners who contextualize the video lectures and assist with questions you may have regarding your assignments. Live webinars are usually conducted between 1 pm and 3 pm UTC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Clarifying Doubts

In addition to the live webinars, for some courses, the course leaders conduct Office Hours, which are webinar sessions that are open to all learners. During Office Hours, learners ask questions and course leaders respond. These are usually conducted every alternate week to help participants clarify their doubts pertaining to the content.


The Emeritus Program Support team members will follow up and assist over email and via phone calls with learners who are unable to submit their assignments on time.

Continued Course Access

You will continue to have access to the course videos and learning material for up to 12 months from the course start date.

Assignments/Application Projects

Assignments are given out weekly and they are based on the lectures or tutorials provided. They need to be completed and submitted as per the deadline for grading purposes. Extensions may be provided based on a request sent to the support team.

Discussion Boards

It is an open forum where participants pin their opinions or thoughts regarding the topic under discussion.

Case Studies

These are real world scenario-based assignments involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study, as well as its related contextual conditions.

Emeritus Program Support Team

If at any point in the course you need tech, content or academic support, you can email program support and you will typically receive a response within 24 working hours or less.

Device Support

You can access Emeritus courses on tablets, phones and laptops. You will require a high-speed internet connection.

Emeritus Network

On completing the course you join a global community of 5000+ learners on the Emeritus Network. The Network allows you to connect with Emeritus past participants across the world.


Career capital

  • Professional acceleration through our enriched leadership toolkit
  • Learn while you earn
  • Get noticed. Get ahead.

Social Capital

  • Build new networks through peer interaction
  • Benefit from diverse class profiles

Brand Capital

  • Certificate in collaboration with Columbia Business School Executive Education

Intellectual Capital

  • Global Business Education
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Globally connected classroom: peer to peer learning circles
  • Action learning: learning by doing


Adam Galinsky

Biography Adam Galinsky is currently the chair of the Management Division and the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School. Professor Galinsky has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and teaching cases in the fields of management and social psycho...

Katherine Phillips

Prof. Katherine W. Phillips joined the faculty at Columbia Business School as the Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics in Fall of 2011. Before joining us here she was Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Co...

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