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What Great Leaders Do


What Great Leaders Do
What Great Leaders Do

Learn about the practices of great leaders.


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Course Description

In this free online course Professor Bob Sutton reveals the successful habits of well respected leaders, and outlines the type of habits practised by those who fail to lead. He points out that when people move into positions of power, they can easily loose sight of the needs of those they lead. In this course you will learn what the hallmarks of great leaders are, how leaders need to hear the truth and how to deal with team disagreements. You will learn about rotten apples and how they must be removed for the health and longevity of a team. He also explains the best way to "wage war" with an ineffective leader. This course will be of great interest to all business professionals who lead a company or a team and want to improve their leadership skills. This course will also be of great interest to those who are moving into a management position and want to unlock their leadership potential.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes - Learn the best habits of effective managers and the worst habits of those who fail to lead; - Why the best bosses work hard to remain in-tune with those they manage; - What happens when bosses does not pay attention to their employees while being closely watched by those same employees; - Explain the three things that can happen to cause “power poisoning”; - Learn the hallmarks and strategies of smart in-tune bosses; - Why managers often find it difficult to hear the truth; - What are the strategies for dealing with team disagreements; - What indicators to look for to determine if a prospective boss will be pleasant and effective; - The best approach to telling an ineffective manager what you really think.


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Module 1: What Great Leaders Do
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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 69 reviews
Course Title: What Great Leaders Do
Course #: 398
Course Publisher: Stanford
Course Category: 9
Content Origin:
Course Description: In this free online course Professor Bob Sutton reveals the successful habits of well respected leaders, and outlines the type of habits practised by those who fail to lead. He points out that when people move into positions of power, they can easily loose sight of the needs of those they lead. In this course you will learn what the hallmarks of great leaders are, how leaders need to hear the truth and how to deal with team disagreements. You will learn about rotten apples and how they must be removed for the health and longevity of a team. He also explains the best way to "wage war" with an ineffective leader. This course will be of great interest to all business professionals who lead a company or a team and want to improve their leadership skills. This course will also be of great interest to those who are moving into a management position and want to unlock their leadership potential.
License: This course is available from Stanford OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 07 November 2012
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Zena Jacobs
    Zena Jacobs United Kingdom Interesting and informative 2015-06-06 18:06:47
  • Gregory Bodish
    Gregory Bodish United States of America Interesting course. As a supervisor with several years experience I still gained useful insight in how to be a better boss. 2015-05-28 02:05:29
  • Abdul Kareem Muhammad
    Abdul Kareem Muhammad Saudi Arabia A very entertaining and thought-provoking course.I enjoyed it tremendously. 2015-04-09 14:04:06
  • Tomeka Taylor
    Tomeka Taylor United States of America Great course! 2015-03-09 18:03:26
  • Khalid Al Habsi
    Khalid Al Habsi Canada It is a good introduction to the life of good and bad leaders 2015-02-26 00:02:11
  • Joshua Suku
    Joshua Suku Liberia This is a great course that needs to be lengthened in contents. I never wanted this course to end....Bravo Mr. Sutton 2015-02-25 16:02:07
  • Sourindra Mozumder
    Sourindra Mozumder India Excellent knowledge improving short term leadership course. 2015-02-12 19:02:16
  • Mariah Fults
    Mariah Fults United States of America Great course. Short but very informative. 2015-02-11 23:02:58
  • Jack Comer
    Jack Comer United States of America Was a good course. A very short course but it takes in many important features when it comes to personnel management and human relations. One issue I have with the course is that the camera man doesn't stay long enough with the slide show. So you don't have time to write down or even contemplate what is being shown. The camera focuses too much on the speaker and we already know what he looks like. Also if you see the whole video you suffer from information overload because the speaker talks a little too fast. Good thing they broke the whole thing down. Much easier. 2015-01-28 21:01:15
  • Michael Gus
    Michael Gus United States of America I felt the course had good content and would recommend to others 2015-01-25 20:01:17
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