Online Class: Leadership and Supervision 101

In this Leadership and Supervision course, you will learn not only what makes a great leader, but how your attributes and skills can affect your leadership abilities.

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Course Description

Revolutionizing Leadership: A Comprehensive Course for Aspiring Leaders

Leadership is an ever-evolving tapestry, colored by the threads of historical context, cultural shifts, and advancements in our understanding of human behavior. In the contemporary realm, the attributes that once defined a leader have been reshaped, requiring a fresh perspective on what leadership truly means. This course on Leadership and Supervision is meticulously designed to unravel these complexities, offering insight into the essential qualities that distinguish a truly great leader in today's world.

Course Overview:

Our Leadership and Supervision course navigates the intricate landscape of leadership against the backdrop of modern expectations and challenges. It is a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical examples, aiming to equip you with the skills, understanding, and nuanced thinking required to rise as a leader in any field.

Module Breakdown:

  • Lesson One: What Is Leadership? Dive into the essence of leadership, dissecting its core principles and examining how it transcends mere supervision. This lesson lays the foundation for understanding leadership as a multifaceted role that involves inspiring, motivating, and guiding others towards a shared vision.

  • Lesson Two: Notable Leaders Explore the lives and legacies of transformative leaders throughout history. This lesson provides a critical analysis of their strategies, challenges, and the leadership styles that have left indelible marks on society.

  • Lesson Three: Are Leaders Born or Made? Engage with the timeless debate on nature versus nurture in leadership development. Current research and expert insights will illuminate this discussion, supplemented by real-world success stories.

  • Lesson Four: How Does Supervision Relate to Leadership? Understand the relationship between supervision and leadership. This module will dissect how supervisory roles are integral to leadership functions, yet distinct in their focus and execution.

  • Lesson Five: Leadership Problem Solving Problem-solving is the crucible in which leadership is tested and proven. Learn the techniques that effective leaders employ to navigate complex issues and steer their teams toward solutions.

  • Lesson Six: Planning Strategic planning is the roadmap for successful leadership. This lesson emphasizes the skills required to foresee, strategize, and implement plans that achieve long-term goals.

  • Lesson Seven: Supervising People Grasp the nuances of managing teams with empathy and efficiency. Supervising people involves more than delegation; it’s about fostering growth, building relationships, and aligning individual strengths with collective objectives.

  • Lesson Eight: Leadership Mistakes to Avoid Wisdom often comes from learning what not to do. This lesson reviews common leadership pitfalls and provides strategies to avoid them, enhancing your capacity to lead effectively.

  • Lesson Nine: Leadership and Productivity Examine the symbiotic relationship between leadership styles and organizational productivity. This module offers techniques to enhance team performance through adept leadership.

  • Lesson Ten: Various Cultures And Their Leaders Delve into the rich tapestry of global leadership styles. This lesson explores how cultural contexts shape leadership and the implications for leading diverse teams.

  • Lesson Eleven: Final Exam Synthesize your learning and put your leadership knowledge to the test. This final assessment will challenge you to apply the concepts you've learned and evaluate your readiness to become a leader who will be etched in the annals of history.

Why Enroll in This Course?

Leadership is not confined to the top tiers of corporations or government; it's a skill that is vital in all walks of life. This course is a journey that prepares you for that role, whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a community organizer, an educator, or an innovator in your field.

By the end of this course, you will not only understand the dynamics of effective leadership but also possess the practical tools to implement and adapt these skills in various scenarios. With the latest insights into leadership strategies and access to a plethora of historical and contemporary case studies, you will be poised to not just lead but to transform your sphere of influence.

Take the step today to become the leader of tomorrow. Join us in this comprehensive course and shape your destiny to be a leader who is not only remembered but revered.

Course Motivation

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. 
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.  
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. 
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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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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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
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: Qualities of a Leader
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Great Leaders
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Are Leaders born or made?
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Supervision and Leadership
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Distinguishing Supervision and Leaderships
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: Lesson Ten: Various Cultures And Their Leaders

Lesson Eleven: Final Exam

Final Exam 42 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: Dealing with Issues
  • Assessment: Final Exam
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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Leadership and Supervision 101
Course Number: 7550075
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,930 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: 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
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Great course! I never really thought anyone would give me a chance to move in to a leadership title. That being said, taking this course has actually helped me understand a lot about leadership skills. I feel I understand now why I would actually fit in a leadership role." -- Maeve J.
  • "I found this course to be very helpful. It gave me a different perspective on what it is to be a leader and the differences between a leader and a manager. I thought I wanted to be a manager but I realize now that I want to be a leader. This course helped me to categorize and prioritize my skills in order to become a better leader. It also gave me so many examples of both good and bad characteristics so that I can recognize the traits that I want to hone in on as well as the traits I would like to leave behind. The essays challenged my thought processes. Thank you for this well put together class." -- Kimberly L.
  • "It has been an amazing course overall, I learnt a lot from it--from Problem solving to difference between leader and supervision and much more." -- Muhammad J.
  • "I believe this course was extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend it." -- Maureen A.
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