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.

We will also host one in-person session so students taking the course can meet one another and discuss the learning materials with their peers. This is an optional session. Details about time and location will be sent after you’ve enrolled.

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. Typically, only about 10% to 40% of students complete an online course for various reasons. We recommend being candid with yourself about the necessary time and self-discipline required to complete the online course before enrolling.

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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