Programme PGPX Term II Academic Year 2021-22

Course title Leadership Skills: Workshop Area Organizational Behaviour Credits 0.50

Prof. Vishal Gupta

Course Description & Objectives
In our increasingly complex world, understanding the practice of leadership is critical – the practice of influencing people to meet the challenges that will enable them achieve important individual and organizational goals. This course provides a foundation for leadership practice. Designed for professionals from diverse work backgrounds, the course builds upon the experiences of the participants and aims to enhance their capacity to lead with and without authority, across boundaries, and from any political or organizational position.

The course aims to take the participants on a journey of self-discover and building inner stability as much as it is aimed at equipping them with essential leadership skills. The course will enable participants to understand important leadership skills, clarifying the relationships among key concepts – leadership, self-management, authority, power, influence, politics, negotiations, change management, decision-making, and leadership styles – to provide a practical and coherent theoretical framework for exercising leadership. In addition, the course will focus on exploring the challenge of managing the inevitable personal stresses and dangers of leading. The course will use a wide range of pedagogy tools involving lectures, case discussions, role plays, self-assessment instruments, and simulations to discuss various aspects of leadership. The course draws from several disciplines: business management, philosophy, spirituality, history, literature, sports, communications, and psychology.

• To develop understanding of oneself and build inner stability;
• To gain insights into leadership styles;
• To understand the biases that impact leaders’ decision-making capability;
• To understand the art of leading upward and sideways;
• To understand and develop authentic leadership;
• To understand aspects of effective communication and negotiations;
• To learn aspects of change management.

The course will use a wide range of pedagogy tools such as lectures, case discussions, self-assessment instruments and in-class exercises.