Leadership and Supervision 101

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Course Description

The idea of leadership is one that seems to constantly change. What was once valued in a leader in past centuries, is no longer valued in our modern era. So then, how do we define leadership? And is leadership the same as supervision?
In this Leadership and Supervision course, you will learn not only what makes a great leader, but how a person's attributes and skills can affect their leadership abilities.

We will also address the roles of problem solving and planning in the scope of leadership, as well as define the role supervision plays in leadership (and vice versa).

This course features several historical examples of real-life leaders and how their skills were able to cement their place in history as some of history's greatest leaders. All the leaders are addressed in-depth to give those taking this course a practical example to base their own leadership traits.

For anyone who thinks they may be a leader, and for all of those who want to be one, this course will give you a practical guide to becoming a powerful and respected leader. At the end of this course, you'll be able to apply what you have learned in a final exam that can show you if you have what it takes to be a leader that history will remember.

So...what kind of leader are you? And what can you do to improve upon your leadership skills? Join us today, and let's find out.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson One: What is Leadership?

This lesson will delve into the concept of leadership and how one comes about being known as a leader. What are the qualities that it in entails? What are the different types of leaders and can someone be born a leader?

Lesson Two: Notable Leaders

This section will look at leaders in the past and the effects they have had on leadership itself, as well as the human race in general. This section will list five or ten of the most notable ones and what qualities they had that allowed them to become well-known leaders and historical figures.

Lesson Three: Leaders, Are They Born or Made?

There is often a question of whether a leader is born or made, and this section will look at that and assess the question to discover if someone can be trained to be a leader, or if it is an innate quality that only a few people seem to have.

Lesson Four: How Does Supervision Relate to Leadership?

This lesson will asses the differences between supervision and leadership, while at the same time showing how they are intertwined at times.

How should a leader be as a supervisor and are the qualities between leaders and supervisors the same?

If someone supervises, does that mean they can lead? Or are the two modes of being in charge completely different?

Is it true that a leader leads while a manager supervises?

Lesson Five: Leadership Problem Solving

This lesson will look at the problem solving abilities that need to be present in leaders to make them successful as leaders and supervisors.

Problem solving is a key component of being a leader, and this chapter will look at that.

When a leader is supervising those under him/her, what problem solving abilities are going to be needed to keep everything productive?

How can problem solving skills be taught to a supervisor or leader?

Lesson Six: Planning

This lesson will look into the ability of a leader to plan ahead. This is a core skill that leaders and supervisors need to have to ensure that themselves, and those under them, are able to manage into the future.

Why is planning so important in a leader and can one be a leader without the ability to plan?

Lesson Seven: Supervising People

Being a supervisor or a leader means there is interaction with people, and a leader needs to be able to work with them and motivate them, while ensuring that there is no questioning of their leadership abilities. An employee, or person who is being supervised, needs to have complete confidence in the leader.

Lesson Eight: Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

This lesson will look at mistakes leaders have made in the past and what can be done to avoid those same mistakes. It is important for a leader to seem flawless in the eyes of those they supervise, this will address how to maintain that.

Lesson Nine: Leadership and Productivity

Productivity, whether it is in war or business, is a key part of being a leader, and a leader needs to make sure that those below them are motivated to the point that productivity is not a problem. No productivity means there is a problem in the chain of command from the leader to those they supervise, and it has to be addressed. Nothing undermines the leadership supervision of a leader more than low productivity.

Lesson Ten: Various Cultures Admired Leadership Qualities

This section will address how various cultures see a leader. While one culture may look at power and strength as the sign of a leader, another culture will think of someone with intelligence and diplomacy as more of a leader.

Lesson Eleven: Are You A Leader?

This section will look at the person who is reading the lesson to help them determine whether they have the leadership qualities needed. Through quizzes and questions, it will help determine if they are a leader, and if they are, what kind of leader are they.

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define leadership.
  • Know notable leaders and why they are notable.
  • Compare and contrast whether leader's are born or made.
  • Describe how supervision relates to leadership.
  • Define leadership problem solving skills.
  • Describe best methods for supervising people.
  • Recognize leadership mistakes to avoid.
  • Know methods on how good leadership can increase productivity.
  • Compare and contrast different cultures and their leaders.
  • Identify whether or not you are a leader, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Qualities of a Leader10
Lesson One: What Is Leadership?7
Lesson 2: Great Leaders10
Lesson Two: Notable Leaders7
Lesson 3: Are Leaders born or made?10
Lesson Three: Are Leader’s Born or Made?7
Lesson 4: Distinguishing Supervision and Leaderships10
Lesson Four: How Does Supervision Relate to Leadership?9
Lesson 5: Problem Solving Process10
Lesson Five: Leadership Problem Solving8
Lesson Six: Planning7
Lesson Seven: Supervising People8
Lesson Eight: Leadership Mistakes to Avoid8
Lesson Nine: Leadership and Productivity9
Lesson Ten: Various Cultures And Their Leaders9
Lesson 11: Dealing with Issues2
Final Exam40
Total Points:172

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