Designed for working professionals, the Online M.A. program in Organizational Leadership prepares students to effectively apply the psychological theories of leadership to a constantly evolving business climate. Students will master skills necessary to increase organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. The program prepares graduates to pursue career opportunities as mid- to senior-level leaders in a variety of corporate, governmental, or nonprofit settings. They may also choose to put their skills to use as consultants and executive coaches among other options.
Unlike competing programs that rely primarily on case study analysis and application, The Chicago School includes evidence-based practice that relates directly to psychological needs found within the workplace, focusing on human interaction that expands beyond standard business processes. Graduates emerge prepared to be sensitive to diverse populations and an ability to develop organizational interventions that help employees grow professionally while bolstering workplace morale and engagement. The result is a degree that produces not only managers, but leaders. The M.A. program in Organizational Leadership does not lead to licensure or certification.
The Chicago School’s flexible online delivery model allows students to maintain both personal and professional commitments as they pursue their educational and professional goals.
Change Management for Leaders
Because all contemporary leadership is change leadership this course will focus on the leader’s role as a change agent using the lenses of various psycho-social and business models of change and providing learners with the foundation for examining and developing their own constructive and effective change leadership style. Psychological resistance and the means to constructively transform resistance in self, others, teams and systems is a feature, with emphasis on supporting and leveraging diversity in the service of positive change.
Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
This course examines the science of emotional intelligence and its effect on leadership. Topics include: constructive thinking, emotional competence, social emotional intelligence, and alexithymia. Objectives include: evaluating the role of constructive thinking in effective leadership, analyzing and synthesizing emotional competencies, evaluating emotional-social intelligence, evaluating and addressing Alexithymia, linking emotional intelligence with performance, and leading and developing the emotional intelligence of individuals and organizations.
The New Psychological Science of Leadership
This course explores the psychology of 21st Century leadership models. Topics include: leadership science, behavior shaping, the psychology of participation, self-organizing systems, developing organizational creativity, and change leadership strategies. Objectives include: evaluating contemporary leadership science, applying the principles of behavior shaping, examining and applying the principles of participation to leadership, analyzing the principles of self-organizing systems, developing and protecting the creative energy of an organization, and synthesizing change leadership techniques.
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