About this Specialization

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Equip yourself to successfully lead organizations through clarity of purpose and effective collaboration — by building and motivating teams; designing and delivering powerful stories; developing strategies to appropriately influence; understanding underlying customer analytics and applying innovative approaches to deliver impact. How do aspiring managers succeed in an ever-changing business environment? How do they lead different groups to action? This specialization equips aspiring managers to lead change and leverage different roles and functions within for-profit institutions to create lasting value in the marketplace. Throughout the five courses, we will explore how great leaders assess themselves and lead collaborative teams that effectively manage negotiations and conflict. We will discover how leaders communicate through storytelling and employ other communication strategies to influence. Furthermore, we will learn how organizations start with the clarity of purpose that comes from an understanding of customers’ needs, including leveraging data analytics, and use that focus to drive the design of products and services to meet those needs effectively. At the end of the coursework, students will create a capstone project that allows them to apply what they have learned. Each of the individual courses can be audited for free: 1-High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation, 2-Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling, 3-Leadership Through Social Influence, 4-Leadership Through Marketing, 5-Leadership Through Design Innovation.

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Catalan, German, Spanish, Japanese...

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Catalan, German, Spanish, Japanese...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation

4.8
stars
1,382 ratings
404 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling

4.5
stars
661 ratings
159 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Leadership Through Social Influence

4.6
stars
637 ratings
142 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Leadership Through Marketing

4.6
stars
327 ratings
63 reviews

Instructors

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 3.5-4 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • This course is best suited for aspiring leaders who are already leading, to a certain degree, within their organizations but not necessarily large teams.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • (A) Optimally design a team for success (B) Negotiate in a collaborative fashion in large and small business situation (C) Utilize primary action strategies to achieve personal branding (D) Develop strategies for initial crisis response (E) Analyze techniques for communication to different constituencies (F) Formulate strategies for storytelling for innovation (G) Develop strategies to influence others (H) Create a market focused strategy (I) Use analytics to improve marketing efforts (J) Utilize design methods to identify opportunities and develop a range of solutions (K) Bring human-centered design approaches inside the organization to build a culture of innovation

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