Leadership and Supervision 101


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  • 18
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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?

What is Leadership?
 
Defining a leader is not an easy task. It requires looking at the qualities of leadership and determining if an individual possesses them. Of course, if they match a few but not all, does that mean they will be a good leader but not a great one? If they match one but not the rest are they a leader of followers or a very poor leader in general?

This is the fundamental problem with attempting to define what leadership is. One leader is another person's follower, and, while one leader may possess the right qualities for leadership, another may use them better.

Despite this, we will look at the qualities of a leader and determine which qualities are the most essential and which are only secondary. 


Essential Qualities
 
There are a few qualities that every leader needs to possess if they are going to inspire those around them and lead them to a common goal.
 
Charismatic Inspiration
 
One quality a leader needs to possess is charisma. Charisma is not something that can be defined or even seen. However, when someone comes into contact with an individual who has a lot charisma, they know it and they immediately respond to it. Every great leader in history, the good and the bad, have had charisma to some degree. 
 
Dedication
 
One trait of leadership that is seen in many different studies is dedication. This can be dedication to a cause or a belief, but it is usually something that consumes much of the leader's life, making them a champion of their own cause.  
 
Integrity
 
This is a very important quality to have as a leader. If an individual lacks integrity, those that follow that leader will leave very quickly. Of all the qualities that a leader can have, integrity ranks as one of the highest, if not the highest. A true leader will never ask anything of anyone, that they would not do themselves. 
 
Decisiveness
 
A true leader will listen to what others have to say, but know that at the end of the day, the decision is theirs to make. A good leader must know when a decision has to be made. They need to make that decision and they need to stick to that decision. Flipping and flopping will only serve to alienate their followers. 

Secondary Qualities  

There are so many secondary qualities that a leader needs, it is nearly impossible to list them all. However, here are a few of the most important secondary qualities that a leader should possess:

Ability to Communicate and Listen 
 
A leader needs to have the ability to listen to those around them and handle opinions that may be contrary to the leader's own beliefs. At that point, the leader needs to have the ability to communicate effectively and show those around him or her why their opinion is the right one for the situation. 
 
Admitting Mistakes
 
Leaders do make mistakes and their ability to admit their mistakes will earn them the respect of those around them. Everyone makes mistakes, but few admit to them. 
 
Reflection and Assessment
 
A true leader will look at the whole picture, rather than just at themselves. They will be able to look at everything and assess what is happening, what is not happening, and what they can do to influence the outcome. They need to look at the big picture and understand long-term priorities and short-term emergencies. This clarity comes from remaining calm under pressure. 
 
Peace of Mind
 

True leaders will have a deep satisfaction about what they have done to change the world. They will know that they did their best when they were called upon, and that they went into it with certainty, conviction, and patience.

All great leaders have a heightened awareness of their own being. 

What Does It All Mean?

Taking all of these qualities into consideration, what really makes a leader? Granted some of the greatest leaders in history did not have all of these attributes, but most of them had a majority of these qualities.
 
One thing that is important to remember when you are looking at a leader is perception. In fact, perception of the leader by the followers is really what has defined a leader throughout history.
 
There is a misconception that a leader has to have followers. The truth is that there are many individuals who are not leaders, who have many followers. They do not lead by example, they fool the masses. These are the want-to-be leaders that everyone should watch out for.

Real leaders are those that do not need followers, or do not pursue them. For real leaders, followers simply show up because they are drawn to the individual. There are plenty of pretend leaders and real leaders, in the world, and the trick is to look through the facade to find the underlying qualities.


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Lesson One: What Is Leadership?

If a leader is filled with high ambition, and pursues his or her goal with courage and strength of will; he or she should reach their goal in spite of many obstacles. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: Qualities of a Leader
  • Complete Exam: Lesson One: What Is Leadership?

Lesson Two: Notable Leaders

Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel focused, and that gives them meaning. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Leadership Quotes
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Great Leaders
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Two: Notable Leaders

Lesson Three: Are Leaders Born or Made?

Are leaders born or made? This is a very common question, yet, it is a very difficult one to answer. Are leaders born with the qualities that will make them great, or are these qualities learned from life experiences? Perhaps it is a combination of these. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Born or Made
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Are Leaders born or made?
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Three: Are Leader’s Born or Made?

Lesson Four: How Does Supervision Relate to Leadership?

To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Take Poll: Supervision and Leadership
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Distinguishing Supervision and Leaderships
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Four: How Does Supervision Relate to Leadership?

Lesson Five: Leadership Problem Solving

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Without problem solving skills, a leader will not be able to solve the many problems they will face in their lifetime. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Problem Solving Process
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Five: Leadership Problem Solving

Lesson Six: Planning

Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Effective Planning
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Six: Planning

Lesson Seven: Supervising People

We have talked a lot about leaders in the last few lessons and how they should act, plan and problem solve. We went through supervision in one lesson, but now we are going to delve into it a bit more, with supervising people and how it can be done. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Seven: Supervising People

Lesson Eight: Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eight: Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Lesson Nine: Leadership and Productivity

Productivity is what drives everything from business to war. If there is no productivity, there is no ability to get things done and this erodes the chain of command. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Motivating Employees
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Nine: Leadership and Productivity

Lesson Ten: Various Cultures And Their Leaders

Different cultures view things differently. While Western culture finds certain aspects of the human body attractive, others find completely different ones attractive. It goes along the rationale of "different strokes for different folks". 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Ten: Various Cultures And Their Leaders

Lesson Eleven: Final Exam

Final Exam 42 Total Points
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: Dealing with Issues
  • Complete: Final Exam
172
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define leadership.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize 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.
 

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Course Title: Leadership and Supervision 101
Course Number: 7550075
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Motivational (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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