All leadership is change leadership. Good leadership isn't about stagnation; it's about moving ahead. In this course, Cornell University's Professor Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D., explores the fundamental, practical skills that effective leaders have mastered.
Effective change leaders do three things; they anticipate where things are moving, they facilitate the implementation of change, and they sustain momentum by taking charge and moving things ahead. Great change leaders know how to be both proactive and reactive, as Professor Bacharach explains. Students in this course will examine their own leadership styles and practice skills that will help them translate ideas into organizational results, find ways to overcome organizational inertia, and examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change.
Key Course Takeaways
Facilitate change by translating ideas into desired organizational results
Identify the change process as it relates to organizations
Identify ways to overcome organizational inertia
Examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change
Explore ways of anticipating and mitigating uncertainty
McKelvey‑Grant Professor Emeritus, Cornell ILR School
Samuel Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor Emeritus and Director of the Smithers Institute at the Cornell ILR School. He received his B.S. in economics from NYU., and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Upon joining the Cornell faculty in 1974, Dr. Bacharach spent most of his time working on negotiation and organizational politics, publishing numerous articles and two volumes (“Power and Politics in Organizations” and “Bargaining: Power, Tactics, and Outcome,” both with Edward J. Lawler). In the 1980s he continued working on negotiation but shifted emphasis to the study of complex organizations, with the empirical referent being schools. Besides his academic articles, Dr. Bacharach has published a number of books on school management and leadership, such as “Tangled Hierarchies” (with Joseph Shedd) and “Education Reform: Making Sense of It All.”
Anyone working in a leadership or management capacity has to anticipate, facilitate, and sustain change. Students may be working in either a formal or informal leadership role, they may be leading a work group through ongoing, everyday change to achieve organizational results, or they may be serving in a facilitative role in support of organizational change.
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