University of Glasgow
Data-Driven Leadership Skills Course 1: Leadership Narrative
University of Glasgow

Data-Driven Leadership Skills Course 1: Leadership Narrative

This course is part of Data-Driven Leadership Skills Specialization

Taught in English

Matt Offord

Instructor: Matt Offord

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Intermediate level

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11 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • Critically evaluate, with particular reference to digital data, traditional leadership models

  • Analyse and assess leadership narratives and whether they help or hinder modern leaders in a digital age

  • Distinguish between agile and efficient leadership structures and their relationship to data

  • Describe and evaluate the role of collective decision making and agile teams

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Course

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Intermediate level

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There are 3 modules in this course

Before we can think about leadership in the 21st Century, the Information Age, we need to think about what people thought about leadership in the past. Why? Because the legacy of these ideas about leadership live on to a large extent. If you have any sort of leadership training, or perhaps read a book about leadership, the chances are you have been exposed to powerful narratives about heroic leaders and authority. Perhaps your current view of leadership is heavily stereotyped? Perhaps the organisation you work for prefers 'traditional' or 'old school' leadership. These paradigms still exert influence; sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. In any case, this module will explain where these views come from and what conditions leaders dealt with. This will help you to understand why we are still dealing with legacy leadership styles, how thet can help, and what new situations call for a different approach.

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3 videos6 readings2 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Some claim that leadership, as a concept, is in decline and may no longer be important. However, this may be a little premature or even naive. Leadership has always been important but authority and centralised decision-making are very recent, perhaps ephemeral, developments. As you move through this narrative of leadership, you will learn how leadership is changing. Due to the data deluge and hyper connected work places, high degrees of centralisation are becoming a thing of the past. Many firms are favouring more networked and less hierarchical approaches . Additionally, the introduction of social science in the 20th Century has radically shaken up some of the romantic ideas about leadership.

What's included

1 video6 readings2 quizzes3 discussion prompts

So far we have explored the origins of traditional leadership and how this changed in the 20th Century. In the 21st Century we see the birth of a new business model: agility. Agility, like a lot of management and leadership ideas, has its roots in the military. The US military actively researched and developed ways of becoming more agile in the early 21st Century. Many other prominent military powers already embraced agility, especially in NATO. But what is agility and how does it relate to data? In this module, we will learn about agility in leadership.

What's included

2 videos5 readings2 quizzes3 discussion prompts

Instructor

Matt Offord
University of Glasgow
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