Online, Statewide, and Education Innovation2021-2022

NAU Yavapai

Interdisciplinary Studies - Strategic Leadership 90-30, Bachelor

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Strategic Leadership program is designed for individuals who are focused on improving their mindset and who aim to be skilled and knowledgeable in the art and practice of setting or supporting the company vision, purpose, and strategy; establishing the culture; and organizing the assets and resources to intentionally carryout the objectives at all levels within the organization.  Students graduating from this program will learn to improve the performance of an organization to help achieve its goals and strategies, both systematically and empirically. 
The SL degree will prepare students for jobs in fields related to supervision and management in a wide variety of applications in the public and private sectors.  This can include government and non-profit organizations; small and privately owned businesses; consulting and financial firms; hospitality/service and manufacturing; and other related businesses.  Goals of the SL program include creating well minded individuals who understand how to implement effective practices of management and leadership that effectively bring about cultural change in an organization. 
The curriculum offers students practical, hands-on experiences in working together and focuses on the activities necessary to improve the management and leadership results that are most effective in creating the best outcomes for individuals, groups and throughout the organization.  This includes teamwork, performance and recognition systems, organization values and culture, and applying highly effective leadership practices used by the most successful executives, and leveraging the connection between business value and leadership.
Students practice the application of course material and will develop the managerial skills and the confidence to integrate new knowledge across multiple environments.  They will understand the importance of developing and maintaining relationships in an organization to achieve company objectives.  They will understand the concept of shared and mutual value in all its forms, including those relating to external entities.  Graduates will stand by a personal methodology for leadership; effectively implement changes to identified root causes in dysfunctional management styles; apply effective communication skills in verbal and written form; have developed an action plan to promote a culture of change and innovation; and organize and supervise a team using high-performance practices. 
The program is a balanced blend of theory and pragmatic approach where students will have learned how to apply leadership concepts in a wide range of diverse situations.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students shall understand the relationship between leadership and organizational culture, and how leadership can be used to modify and manage culture.
  • Students shall learn to work well in diverse and cross-cultural teams across multiple settings, including virtual teams.
  • Students shall understand and be able to effectively apply servant leadership methodologies in working with others.
  • Students shall be able to communicate effectively, in written, oral, and non-verbal forms of expression and present well researched business information professionally.
  • Students shall understand how to apply Principled Negotiation methods that lead to an increase in mutual value among the participants.
  • Students shall understand and be able to identify the components of active and cultural inertia and their adverse effects on organizations.
  • Students shall understand the importance of organizations acting in and creating a professional and ethical environment and the relationship to organizational value.
  • Students will be exposed to and learn to effectively utilize a wide range of proven leadership concepts and tools from experts and practitioners from multiple industries.   
  • Students shall understand how to use numerical information as a basis for leadership decisions. 
  • Students shall understand and be able to apply general business management fundamentals, tools and methodologies in a managerial or supportive role.
  • Students shall demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge required to meaningfully participate in local and global societies.

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