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5 Classes for Highly Effective Leaders

Interested in enhancing your leadership skills? An online master's in leadership will equip you with the skills to build and lead effective teams.

Today’s fast-paced, global business world demands capable, innovative leaders. Applicable to virtually any field, a master’s in leadership, typically an MS in Leadership (Master of Science in Leadership), is an excellent way to hone your leadership skills and cultivate new ones, garnering attention from potential employers or setting the stage for recognition and promotion within your current organization.

A master’s in leadership online gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, without the need to travel to a brick-and-mortar institution. Walden University’s online master’s in leadership program offers 19 exciting leadership courses and four specializations to choose from, all designed to teach you the skills you need to advance your community, your organization, and your own career.

5 Classes for Highly Effective Leaders

What kind of courses make for highly effective leaders? We’ve broken down five of these classes below, just a sampling of what Walden’s online master’s in leadership has to offer.

  • Dynamic Leadership
    In this introductory master’s in leadership course, you’ll closely examine your current strengths and weaknesses, values, decision-making processes, and approaches to dealing with difficult problems. And you’ll explore leadership in turbulent times by examining how effective leaders think as well as how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organization.
  • Building Organizational Culture: Leaders as Architects
    Leaders must thrive within an organization’s culture. This Master of Science in Leadership course will teach you how to recognize organizational culture, then harness it for positive change and organization-wide success. You’ll learn how to make conceptual sense of various cultural landscapes and determine how to best lead and build effective communities.
  • Communication for Leaders and Managers
    Your ability to lead is closely tied to your ability to communicate. In this MS in Leadership core course, you’ll examine interpersonal and intercultural intersections and study the influence of cultural diversity on interpersonal communication. By examining theory, you’ll develop an approach to practice and hone individual strategies for communicating successfully in diverse interpersonal situations.
  • Initiating and Managing Change
    Today's business environment is constantly evolving to accommodate changes in economy, leadership, new regulations, and internal reduction and growth. Organizations require leaders who know how to work through barriers to effect positive and efficient organizational change. In this master’s in leadership course, you’ll explore effective strategies for initiating change to achieve organizational goals as well as for managing unplanned or unwelcome change.
  • Managing, Mediating, and Resolving Conflict
    Conflict remains one of the most difficult challenges facing successful leaders. This MS in Leadership course focuses on the challenges of managing people in times of perceived conflict and dispute and will help you develop the skills to identify different types of conflict situations as well as prevent, manage, and break inherent conflict.

While Walden’s online master’s in leadership includes a General Program, students have the option of choosing one of four specializations: Executive Leadership, Integrated Communication Skills for Leaders, Leader Development, or a Self-Designed specialization, which gives students the opportunity to choose 9 credits from any of the MS in Leadership specialization courses.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering an MS in Leadership degree program online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.

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