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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Leadership in 21st Century Organizations by Copenhagen Business School

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About the Course

Meet Jim Barton, the new CEO of Santa Monica Aerospace. Jim's job won't be easy: the company's hemorrhaging cash, struggling to regain investors' trust after an accounting scandal, and striving to transform its culture to become a more global competitor. In this course, you’ll travel with Jim as he takes on leadership challenges ranging from strategy execution, to inspiring people, to maintaining an ethical approach. Experts agree that twentieth-century leadership practices are inadequate for the stormy twenty-first-century present. This provocative course equips you with the insights you'll need to rise with the occasion of a rapidly shifting business landscape. The course is based on a book, Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a 21st Century Leader, by Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O'Donnell, published by Harvard Business Review Press. Purchase of the book is optional. If you want more information about the book or wish to buy it, see or After taking the course, you'll be able to: o Enact your own personal leadership approach, derived from your ongoing evaluation of how Jim Barton has handled his leadership situation, as well as from established leadership concepts and frameworks; o Avoid leadership actions that might have worked in the past, but are not suited to a newly challenging 21st century world; o Navigate treacherous new 21st century leadership challenges, such as greater reliance on specialized workers or the need to respond to external scrutiny in an increasingly transparent world (and many more); o Avoid "slippery slope" ethical failures, and think more clearly about the separation between public and private life for a 21st century leader....

Top reviews

Apr 26, 2021

This course will certainly help you know each stepping stone during your leadership journey.\n\nKnow the crisis and how we can sail through it, and kind of Leadership traits.\n\nKudos to the team.

Jun 13, 2021

Extremely insightfull and practical course,\n\nTouches on a number of aspects of leadership in today's world. I found the reading material very useful, sometimes voluminous but extremely relevant.

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By Debopam B

Sep 21, 2020

Best course in I did till now

By Winston A W

Nov 30, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Harshil H

Apr 26, 2021

Amazing learning!!

By Mahesh A P

Oct 7, 2020

Great Course

By Soudhamini P

Mar 22, 2021

Good course

By Rahat S

Feb 14, 2021

Good course

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By Harish

May 18, 2021

Its a well built course based on a case study in the manufacturing and rather unique aircraft industry. The case study takes you through nearly all elements of challenges and decision making that leaders are presented with. Every module of this course can be used to think through your own approach in the presented situation and to understand your own style of leadership. Take time to read through the comments and submission of other learners - as some of those views are thought provoking as well.

So whether you are starting your leadership journey in which case this course will give you a flavor of the decisions you will need to make OR if you are an experienced leader, but need a refresher - this course is worth your time.

The comments I have to improve the course are 1) some video links are broken and need to be updated 2) the course material can be refreshed with newer elements (eg empathy in the workplace) 3) an ability to communicate with the professors to bounce off a couple of thoughts 4) Feedback and reviewing peer submissions / comments during the training on various topics rather than only on final submission should be compulsory (say atleast 10 other peer reviews)

By Betti L

Nov 8, 2020

It was very enjoyable and fun to follow Jim Barton’s journey, also valuably supporting the topics discussed in the modules. Very insightful video lectures. Some of the readings and external video materials are outdated, not available anymore or have paywall for access. However, this does not disturb significantly the wonderful learning journey. It definitely initiates strong reflections on leadership phylosophy, and the challeges of leadership for the present and the future.

By Vasudevan S

Feb 19, 2021

Course is very good. But it is 5 years old and a few references provided (videos, articles etc) are all from the 1st decade of 21st century. The past 4-5 years have been tumultous and interesting and we need courses that capture the learnings from these years.

By Roberto O S

Feb 20, 2021

Nice course, but need to improve on the links. Some are not available anymore, some send you to pages that you need to subscribe (pay per view). In general well structured and very interesting topics.

By George A

Nov 7, 2020

Overall a good course. However, many links are not working any more, some are behind paywalls, and teachers do not appear to participate (anymore?).

By Hrushikesh J

May 23, 2021

It was an awesome course. The style used for teaching through enacted videos was very engaging and creative. Amazing experience and professors.

By Nicola P

Apr 19, 2021

I put only 4 stars because i had problems with the youtube video because youtube is banned by my organizzation.

By Mahesh K

Oct 19, 2020

This course is highly effective to learn the leadership skills, that can be utilised at the work place.

By Yousef A

Feb 14, 2021

Excellent course, just some materials need to renew, especially after the 2020 pandemic.

By Ronnie B

Mar 2, 2021

Many links need an update (pages no longer exist). Otherwise learned a lot! Thanks!

By Anne B

Jun 14, 2021

Verty interesting training with nice external documents

By Jerome Y

Apr 18, 2021

Really valuable lessons for me to learn the leadership.

By Shankara

May 26, 2021

V​ery good course for Aerospace Leadership