Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Leading People and Teams

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

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University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan

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Understand how to develop good leadership skills alongside experts at Michigan

Do you want to motivate your team to work towards the same shared goals? Are you looking to be an inspirational leader?

On this ExpertTrack, you’ll learn essential leadership skills to create a collaborative team that you can guide to successfully achieve your shared vision.

You’ll learn alongside leadership specialists at Michigan University, as well as from exceptional leaders including Jeff Brodsky, Global Head of HR for Morgan Stanley, and John Beilein, Head Coach of the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Team.

These experts will work with you to help you apply their insights to your teams and leadership, with the opportunity to take part in a series of practical leadership assignments.

Understand how to motivate people

You’ll learn how to create shared visions for your team and how to effectively communicate it with your teammates to inspire and motivate them to achieve objectives.

Learn influencing tactics

As you work towards becoming an influential leader, you’ll discover tried and tested strategies to build, grow, and maintain your power in the workplace.

By building these influencing skills, you’ll become a more successful team leader and decision-maker.

Deliver effective teamwork

This course series will also show you the importance of teamwork and how you can build a collaborative team to enhance performance.

You’ll learn how to monitor your team’s achievements, resolve conflict in the workplace, and build managerial skills to increase cooperation in the team.

Understand talent management

As well as exploring the best practices for successfully selecting, recruiting, and onboarding talent in your team and organisation, you’ll discover tools to effectively manage and develop talent in your teams to help contribute to the future success of the business.

Apply your knowledge to a capstone project

Once you have successfully completed all four courses, you will learn how to put your skills into practice with a capstone project.

This project is an important milestone in your development as a team leader and will help you adapt your new skills to the workplace.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the tools and confidence to lead people and teams effectively, as well as the knowledge of how to put your new leadership skills into practice in the workplace.

Key skills you will learn

  • Leadership
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Teamwork
  • Managing talent
  • Onboarding

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills and learn how to develop essential strategies in influencing, motivating, and developing teams in the workplace.

Getting started

You don’t need any prior knowledge to enrol in this ExpertTrack. The courses will suit you if you are in a role where some form of leadership and teamwork is required.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

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

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Becoming a Visionary Leader
      • Visionary Leadership
      • A Model for Creating and Communicating Your Vision
      • A Checklist for Creating and Communicating Your Vision
      • Application: Developing a Vision for Your Team
      • The importance of non-verbals in communicating your vision
      • Recap: Becoming a Visionary Leader
    • Week 2

      Setting Effective Goals and Expectations
      • Goal Setting and Performance
      • SMART Goals
      • Creating Goals that Drive Motivation
      • Recap: Setting Effective Goals
    • Week 3

      Understanding Human Needs and Drivers of Performance Across Cultures
      • Drivers of Performance at Work
      • Human Needs and Work Motivation
      • Motivation Traps
      • Recap: Drivers of Performance
    • Week 4

      Aligning Rewards and Behavior
      • Using Rewards and Feedback to Drive Behavior
      • Effective Performance Appraisal
      • Effective Feedback
      • Recap: Aligning Rewards and Behaviors
  • Course 2

    Enhance your leadership skills and learn how to effectively select, onboard, manage, and develop talent in your teams.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      The Talent Pipeline
      • First Things First
      • Match Making
      • The Right Person in the Right Place
      • Welcome to the Team
    • Week 2

      Managing Performance Evaluation and Feedback
      • Managing Performance Evaluation and Feedback
    • Week 3

      Developing and Coaching Your People
      • Developing People Drives Results
      • ACS Model: Assessment
      • ACS Model: Challenge
      • ACS Model: Support
      • Recap: Developing and Coaching Your People
    • Week 4

      Creating and Building a Robust Talent Pipeline
      • Talent for Leadership
      • People are Everything
  • Course 3

    Understand the strategies you can use to become a more confident and influential leader, presenter, and decision-maker.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Building Your Base of Power
      • Building Your Base of Power
      • Power: Benefits and Costs
      • Where Does Power Come From?
      • Strategies and Tactics for Building Your Power
      • Recap: Building Your Base of Power
    • Week 2

      Influencing People Without Relying on Formal Authority
      • Influencing People Without Relying on Formal Authority
    • Week 3

      Developing High‐Quality Relationships to Enhance Influence and Power
      • Developing High‐Quality Relationships to Enhance Influence and power
    • Week 4

      Protect Yourself from Unwanted Influence
      • Protecting Yourself: Influence vs. Manipulation
      • Strategies to Protect Yourself
      • Recap: Protect Yourself from Unwanted Influence
  • Course 4

    Learn how to enhance your team performance and increase your skills as a team leader with this course from Michigan University.

    4 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Designing Your Team for Excellence
      • Intro: Designing Your Team for Excellence
      • Team Size: How Big is Your Team?
      • Team Diversity: Demographics
      • Team Diversity: Personality
      • Team Diversity: Values and Person-Team Fit
      • Goal Setting and Expectations in Teams
      • Recap: Designing Your Team for Excellence
    • Week 2

      Structuring Your Team for Excellence
      • Intro: Structuring Your Team for Excellence
      • Team Structures: Formal
      • Team Structures: Informal
      • Team Charters
      • Recap: Structuring Your Team for Excellence
    • Week 3

      Managing Team Dynamics
      • Conflict and Trust Among Team Members
    • Week 4

      Creating Sustainable Team Performance and Learning
      • Creating Sustainable Team Performance and Learning
  • Course 5

    This capstone project will help cement your knowledge after you’ve successfully completed the four courses of leadership training

    1 peer-graded assignment

    2 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Welcome to the Capstone
      • Introduction to the Capstone Options
    • Week 2

      Capstone Project: Preperation and Submission
      • Capstone Preperation
      • Capstone Submission

Prove you're job ready

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with 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).

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    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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