University of Michigan
High Stakes Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis
University of Michigan

High Stakes Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis

Taught in English

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Mike Barger

Instructor: Mike Barger


(416 reviews)

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
35 hours to complete
3 weeks at 11 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Develop strategies for exceptional leadership and team performance in our increasingly VUCA world.

  • Explore the characteristics of individual and organizational resilience and develop strategies to improve both.

  • Understand how to prepare yourself, your team, and your organization for its next major disruption or crisis.

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There are 4 modules in this course

During the first course week, participants will gain an appreciation for the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment in which their businesses must operate and how these conditions have dramatically increased the likelihood of an organizational crisis. Participants will also gain a deep understanding of organizational stakeholders and how the perspectives of these stakeholders become vitally important frames of reference for leaders during a crisis.

What's included

13 videos16 readings1 quiz4 app items3 discussion prompts

During the second week of the course, participants will learn how to increase their organization’s capacity for resilience, defined as the ability to anticipate potential threats; to cope effectively with adverse events when they occur; and to adapt to changing conditions, ensuring a viable path forward for everyone involved. Participants will also explore this week a model for understanding and predicting how stakeholders will respond to crises that threaten their value proposition with an enterprise.

What's included

16 videos15 readings2 quizzes7 app items3 discussion prompts

During the third course week, participants will examine a collection of different crisis types and how each type requires a unique response from crisis leaders. This week will also present a detailed look at the nature of the crisis environment, which will explain why crisis leadership is one of the most challenging aspects of any leader’s set of responsibilities.

What's included

14 videos11 readings1 quiz8 app items1 discussion prompt

During the fourth and final week of the course, participants will explore the key characteristics of effective crisis leaders and how to effectively demonstrate leadership before, during, and after a crisis. Then, to bring the course to a close, participants will work through a collection of steps that will help them effectively prepare for their next inevitable crisis.

What's included

17 videos7 readings1 quiz11 app items1 discussion prompt


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4.9 (133 ratings)
Mike Barger
University of Michigan
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