Foundations of Everyday Leadership

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Foundations of Everyday Leadership is a 4 part online training taught by the University of Illinois and delivered online through Coursera. Students taking this course will commit to 4-6 hours of material each week for a total of 16-24 hours of training. In this course you will learn about the “head to heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why and how leadership skills are so critical to organizational success
  • Learn how to use leadership skills to work more effectively with others
  • Learn how to use leadership skills to organize others to work more effectively together
  • Learn the foundations of effective leadership skills

Course Outline:

The course consists of four modules:

Module 1 Head and Heart of Everyday Leadership

Key Concepts:

  • Agility
  • Inclusiveness
  • Representative inclusiveness
  • Management of information
  • Management of motivation

Module 2 Individual Decision Making

Key Concepts:

  • Decision analysis
  • Uncertainty
  • Actions
  • Outcomes
  • Decision heuristics

Module 3 Group Decision Making

Key Concepts:

  • Triangulation
  • Process loss
  • Composition problem
  • Participation problem
  • Influence problem
  • Devil’s advocate

Module 4 Managing Motivation

Key Concepts:

  • Contingencies
  • Consequences
  • Expectancy
  • Instrumentality
  • Valence
  • Self-efficacy
  • Social dilemma


How long do I have to complete the course?

You have up to eight weeks to complete the course after which you will be locked out of the course.

What if I don't complete the course? Can I get a refund or retake the course at a later date?

Once the course begins there will be no refunds issued. Learners will have 8 weeks to complete the course. There will be no time extensions, incompletes or make-ups.

Can I retake quizzes?

You may attempt each graded quiz twice every four hours. You must pass the orientation quiz (90% correct) and the two modules (80% correct) to complete the course.

How many quizzes do I have to take?

There is an Orientation Quiz at the start of the course. Each module has a practice quiz and every other module has a graded quiz. The practice quiz will not count towards passing the course.

I have other questions, who can I reach out to?

Please email Jacqueline.Mayo@austintexas.gov for additional questions.

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