Courses taught

Leadership for Global Citizenship:

Globalization affects people from all walks of life and success in any field now demands a global perspective. Universities are now increasingly faced with this question as they see students from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together for academic pursuits. They are faced with students who are looking to pursue global careers that take them to different parts of the world. As their students acquire competencies and knowledge about different subjects, many of them are inadequately prepared for taking on leadership positions. They are challenged by cultural complexity and diversity that a rapidly globalizing world presents them with.

In a world in which most organizations, communities, and societies face enormous adaptive pressures, the practice of leadership is critical – the practice of mobilizing systems of people to thrive in changing and challenging times. In this course, we apply theory to practice, clarifying the relationships among key concepts – leadership, management, authority, power, influence, followership, citizenship – to provide a practical, coherent, and clear theoretical framework. We develop both diagnostic tools for analyzing the complexity of change in social systems, and strategies of action. These include: using authority and power wisely, mobilizing engagement across boundaries, generating innovation, orchestrating and resolving multi-party conflict, regulating disequilibrium, refashioning narratives to both build on and depart from history, and building a culture of adaptability for the long-term. In addition, we begin to explore the challenge of managing personally the inevitable stresses and dangers of leadership.

This is a graduate level course taught for students in the MBA program at the SDM Institute for Management Development, Mysore. This course is also taught to the PGP & FPM students of the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru in Term 4.  A condensed version of this course was offered as a Leadership Seminar to both graduate and undergraduate students of Cornell University, USA.

Exercising leadership for the public and non-profit sectors:

Human progress and development affects people from all walks of life, and success in any field now demands a multidimensional and comprehensive perspective. As students of public affairs acquire competencies and knowledge about different subjects, many find themselves not well prepared for taking on leadership positions in the public and non-profit sectors, being challenged by the complexity and diversity that a rapidly changing world presents them with. ‘Exercising Leadership in the Public & Non-Profit Sectors’ is learning to lead across sectoral, cultural and national boundaries to advance the common good of humanity at large.

This course will help students understand the roles and functions of authority and how it can be used to promote more effective problem-solving, build bridges, orchestrate better societal adaptations, and orient people to do the vital work that generates a true sense of progress. The course also provides a diagnostic and strategic foundation for leadership practice. Designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the course builds upon the experience of many of the students themselves. The purpose of the course is to increase one’s capacity to lead with and without authority, across boundaries, and from any political or organizational position.

The course was offered in the Spring semester of 2015 at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.

Leadership for the Social Sector:

This course is similar to the earlier course of ‘Exercising leadership for the public and non-profit sectors’.  Students additionally learn about poverty & development, building & sustaining partnerships and how to appreciate the interdependence of the different sectors involved in Social Development.

Shaping Leadership…Transforming Lives