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Inspiring and Motivating Individuals

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Learn essential leadership skills and motivate your teammates to collaborate and achieve shared goals in the workplace.

Inspiring and Motivating Individuals
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Learn how to create a shared vision for your team

This four-week course will teach you how to set common goals, improve team communication, and delve into performance markers to better understand the needs of your team.

You’ll learn how to create a shared vision and the best practices to communicate it effectively within your team to ensure you are working towards the same aims.

Learn how to motivate people

Setting effective targets and expectations is vital for enabling your team to achieve a shared vision.

You’ll learn the ways you can motivate your team to progress towards common objectives.

Understand performance drivers across cultures

You’ll also examine the most important needs and drivers of performance across cultures to understand what will inspire your team.

In order to motivate your team to achieve shared objectives, you’ll learn how to align rewards with desired behaviours.

Learn from the University of Michigan, experts in leadership skills

The course is led by specialists in the leadership field from the University of Michigan, a world leader in research, learning, and teaching.

This course is part of the Leading People and Teams ExpertTrack, a comprehensive set of leadership courses to help you develop in your role as team leader.


  • Week 1

    Becoming a Visionary Leader

    • Visionary Leadership

      In this activity you will take a deeper dive in visionary leadership. You will also get to see an example of a vision statement.

    • A Model for Creating and Communicating Your Vision

      This activity focuses on creating and communicating your vision. You also take a look at what success looks like.

    • A Checklist for Creating and Communicating Your Vision

      This activity provides a checklist for creating and communicating your vision. You will also have an example of how to effectively communicate your vision.

    • Application: Developing a Vision for Your Team

      In this activity you will work on developing a vision for your team. you will also take a deeper dive into how to create a vision for your team.

    • The importance of non-verbals in communicating your vision

      In this activity you will learn about verbal and non verbal communication. You will also learn about the importance of non-verbals in communicating your vision

    • Recap: Becoming a Visionary Leader

      In this activity you will learn about michigan model on Leadership and get a recap on becoming a visionary leader

  • Week 2

    Setting Effective Goals and Expectations

    • Goal Setting and Performance

      This activity focuses on goal setting and performance. You will also learn about risk for stretch goals and learn about smart goals

    • SMART Goals

      This activity focueses on SMART Goals. You will learn risk and rewards of SMART goals.

    • Creating Goals that Drive Motivation

      This activity focuses on creating goals that drive motivation. You will learn about how to make these goals meanigful and use the SMART goals framework to make them more effectively

    • Recap: Setting Effective Goals

      In this activity you will focus on setting effective goals. You will be creating your own smart goals

  • Week 3

    Understanding Human Needs and Drivers of Performance Across Cultures

    • Drivers of Performance at Work

      In this activity you will learn about differen drivers of performance and motivation at work.

    • Human Needs and Work Motivation

      In this activity you will focus on human needs and work motivation. You will learn the difference between different types of motivations.

    • Motivation Traps

      In this activity you will learn about four differnt motivation traps

    • Recap: Drivers of Performance

      In this activity you will review drivers of performance and take a test

  • Week 4

    Aligning Rewards and Behavior

    • Using Rewards and Feedback to Drive Behavior

      In this activity you will learn on how to use rewards and feedback to drive behavior.

    • Effective Performance Appraisal

      This activity focuses on performance appraisal and how to effectively conduct performance appraisal

    • Effective Feedback

      This activity focuses on art of effective feedback, on how it could help make or break an organization. There will also be examples provided.

    • Recap: Aligning Rewards and Behaviors

      This activity provides a good recap to aligning rewards and behaviors and also provides a test.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore becoming a visionary leader
  • Develop and setting effective goals and expectations
  • Understand human needs and drivers of performance across cultures
  • Explore aligning rewards and behavior

Who is the course for?

This course will suit you if you are looking to improve your skills in goal setting, communication, leadership, and leadership development.

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established1817
  • LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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Learn how to be a successful leader and increase your team performance in the workplace with proven management techniques.

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