Global Leadership & Personal Development

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The world desperately needs a new generation of leaders. The goal of this course is to empower learners and professionals around the world to be ethical, creative, agile and effective leaders under two critical contextual conditions: the technological transformations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in conjunction with cultural dynamics within and across societies in a Globalized World. This course provides learners and professionals across regions with the “Digital Global” mindsets and skillsets to be successful leaders in the XXI century developing competencies in areas such as purpose and vision, ethics and integrity, agility and resilience, innovation and creativity. 

Personal leadership development is optimized by grounded reflection, self-knowledge and continuous learning as we interact with others. Therefore, the personal development part of this course cultivates introspective and skill-building competencies that include conceptual grounding that is based in an experiential learning focus. Discusses self- and other-awareness and engages in group/team interaction, as well as conducts individual self-assessments and individual feedback. We focus on leadership as a craft, with a set of strategies that can be learned at the personal, team/group, organization, and system levels.



Course content

  • Global Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Anthropocene
  • Global Leadership (and Management) as a Craft of Strategies
  • Global Mindset
  • Understanding National Culture
  • What Is Culturally Contextual Leadership?
  • Leading in YOUR Culture
  • Leading to Amplify Your Impact – Part 1
  • Leading to Amplify Your Impact – Part 2
  • Storytelling That Drives Authentic Action
  • Being the Winner Today & Tomorrow
  • Leadership Approaches for Today's Challenges: Authentic Leadership and Distributed Leadership
  • Distinguish Your Leadership: Playing to Your Strengths, and Leading Through Negative Emotions
  • Leading Through Crises to Come Out Stronger
  • Leading into Civility in Your Workplace
  • Personal Leadership Development Plan

Faculty curators

Thunderbird Dean and Director General Sanjeev Khagram

Sanjeev Khagram

Foundation Professor of Global Leadership and Global Futures

Mansour Javidan

Garvin Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute