15.974 Practical Leadership

Fall 2004

A person dashes across a typical boardroom.
A person dashes across a typical boardroom. (Image courtesy of Nick Cowie, stock.xchng.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

Practical Leadership is an interactive seminar where students receive repeated coaching and real-time feedback on their own leadership capabilities from their peers and the instructor. The course is structured around a set of readings. However, the key component is each student's own self-assessment. These self-assessments are done by the students in the first week of the semester. The areas for improvement that the students identify are then targeted in the weekly role plays that are customized for each student in the class. The goal of the class is for each student to increase his or her own leadership abilities through an ongoing cycle of practice, feedback and reflection.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Pat Bentley, Senior Lecturer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session