Leadership and Strategic Management Courses
These courses provide practical, MBA-level content from Cornell University. These courses are designed for working professionals ready to skill up for a career move, those who have an MBA and seek additional training, and those in a leadership position who want to deepen or broaden their skills. Courses focus on strategy development, business acumen, and the crucial leadership skills needed for execution. Meaningful, practical course projects and discussions help you apply the course concepts to the realities and challenges you face in your own organization.
Fostering an Inclusive ClimateCOURSE ID: ILRDI004
Inclusion is a relational construct. It’s ultimately about how your team functions and performs based on the quality of social connections, openness to learning, agility, and depth of decision making. How can you foster greater inclusion within your workgroup? Throughout these modules, you will be asked to reflect upon your own experiences and apply the lessons in the modules in your own role.
You will examine the concept of climate, specifically inclusive climates, as well as learn about the specific behaviors and skills you need to demonstrate in order to be successful in shaping an inclusive climate.
Interpreting the Behavior of OthersCOURSE ID: LSM603
Learn how to accurately predict what drives your team members through a set of proven tools, ensuring your team works efficiently together.
Identifying and Managing EmotionsCOURSE ID: LSM602
Emotional intelligence is a critical ability all leaders must possess to not only regulate their own emotional responses, but to also manage the emotions of their team members.
The Psychology of Getting Things DoneCOURSE ID: LSM601
Leaders are responsible for getting the work done as quickly and flawlessly as possible. Improve your team’s effectiveness by employing the simple 5-step framework created by Cornell Professor Filipowicz.
Women in Leadership: Outsmart the Work-Life BalanceCOURSE ID: DYS525
Women in Leadership: Giving and Receiving FeedbackCOURSE ID: DYS524
Women in Leadership: Using Emotional Intelligence to Drive ResultsCOURSE ID: DYS523
Women in Leadership: Negotiation SkillsCOURSE ID: DYS522
Women in Leadership: Navigating The Double BindCOURSE ID: DYS521
Mastering the Essentials of InfluenceCOURSE ID: LSM604
How you influence your team is a big predictor how well it works. Learn the ins and outs of the expectancy cycle and why being a positive influence is critical for success.
Applying Strategic InfluenceCOURSE ID: LSM605
Good leaders influence the people around them, but excellent leaders refine that skill and know exactly how they influence people and how to extend that past their direct reports.
Diversity and Inclusion at WorkCOURSE ID: ILRDI003
The management of diversity and inclusion has evolved from a focus on compliance to a strategic-level effort with a demonstrated positive impact on an organization's performance. In the current business climate, companies that strive for both diversity and inclusion are achieving intended business results. They provide the proof that diversity and inclusion are much more than a legal or moral requirement; they’re also a competitive advantage.
This course provides an overview of the evolution of the management of diversity and inclusion and presents targeted and high-involvement diversity practices. It examines diversity in the contexts of teams and leaders, and it frames diversity in terms of current business and cultural challenges.
During this course, you will complete a project in which you identify sources of inclusion, align inclusion to improve employee engagement and business results, and determine methods to assess the effectiveness of inclusion initiatives. At the end of the course, you will use the results from the project to prepare a final presentation describing how to apply your work to your organization.
Counteracting Unconscious BiasCOURSE ID: ILRDI002
There is no such thing as a workplace that lacks diversity. Despite decades of legal and social reform aimed at reducing discrimination in the workplace, inequality continues to be a significant problem in all societies and most workplaces.
In this course, you will identify the perceptual and psychological processes that impact the way that individuals interact with people who are demographically dissimilar from them. You will examine the psychological processes that impact decision making within organizations and identify how professionals can design better work practices and help to more effectively leverage the potential among employees.
As a trained psychologist with research and consulting expertise related to diversity and inclusion, Cornell University Professor Lisa Nishii is uniquely positioned to help course participants understand the complex dynamics underlying diversity challenges and opportunities within organizations.
Improving EngagementCOURSE ID: ILRDI001
Research shows that engagement is the key factor that promotes higher performance and effort, greater returns, and lower turnover. Yet across companies, industries, and countries, studies show that only 11-19% of employees are highly engaged. In this course, you will examine the foundational drivers of engagement, explore the components of successful engagement initiatives, and identify strategies for creating stronger engagement in teams.
Working with Legal ProfessionalsCOURSE ID: LAW504
To handle legal matters appropriately, business people need to know how to get good legal advice. This may require finding and retaining a lawyer, or it may involve working with existing in-house counsel. Business people must understand how lawyers approach legal issues and what lawyers need from clients in order to represent them effectively.
With content provided by four legal experts, including Cornell Law School professors and practicing attorneys, this course explains how lawyers work, how to establish an effective relationship with both in-house and external counsel, and how to work with legal professionals on business transactions and litigation. A course project guides you in applying these principles of attorney-client collaboration to your own work situation.
Exploring Specialty Areas of Business LawCOURSE ID: LAW503
Running a business is, in many ways, a legal undertaking in itself. With so many moving parts and ongoing concerns, several areas of law are touched upon while doing business: employment laws and regulations, real property, litigation, business tax planning, and startup financial structuring.
While it’s important to draw on expert legal counsel when required, it’s equally as important to be informed yourself. The more working knowledge you have of these specialty areas of law, the better you’ll be able to identify and discuss them and be prepared to face your pressing issues head on.
This course is co-authored by by six legal experts, including Cornell Law School professors and practicing attorneys. Through a rich set of animated videos and a course project that ensures application of the concepts to your own work situation, you’ll be ready face legal issues that are of particular relevance to your business.
Structuring Business Agreements for SuccessCOURSE ID: LAW502
Contracts are often written by legal professionals, but the best business deals are ones worked out collaboratively by people who know their business operations intimately.
This course will help you gain a seat at the negotiating table, familiarizing you with legal terms and concepts involved in business deals. You’ll learn how to collaborate with legal counsel and help negotiating parties address information gaps to reach agreement.
With content provided by two Cornell Law School professors and two practicing corporate attorneys, this course is rich with practical video content and a course project that’s designed to help you apply what you’ve learned to your own work situation.
Embracing the Basics of Business LawCOURSE ID: LAW501
Presented by five legal experts with deep knowledge and experience in both academia and the corporate space, this course introduces you to a range of topics that serve as a foundation for dealing with legal matters in business.
You begin with a look at the sources of law, the formation of legal arguments and the growing role of regulatory agencies. The course proceeds with a tour of online legal resources, then moves to various kinds of business structures, along with the circumstances under which you might use each. The course ends with a close look at the legal responsibilities that apply to people holding certain positions in business.
Designing an Effective Team StructureCOURSE ID: LSM606
Learn how to design a team from scratch or reorganize an existing team for maximum efficiency and optimal group dynamics.
Managing Team PerformanceCOURSE ID: ILRME502
Employee performance isn’t something that should be appraised only once a year—it should be something that is built into your day-to-day management style. Learn how to manage to ensure your team is at its peak performance level.
Becoming a Powerful LeaderCOURSE ID: HAME501
There is a difference between being a manager and a leader. Learn what the difference is and how to become a respected leader in your chosen field.
Building High-Performing TeamsCOURSE ID: HAME502
Interpersonal Communication SkillsCOURSE ID: ILRME501
To be the best manager you can, you must have good interpersonal skills. Learn what those skills are, how to evaluate your proficiency in each, and how to bolster them if needed.
Motivating People for High PerformanceCOURSE ID: LSM596
This course answers fundamental questions related to motivating people: How can you tell whether a person is unmotivated or just a poor fit for the job? How can a leader motivate a large group of people at once? And how can middle managers motivate people when there are real obstacles standing in their way?
Effective Hiring and InterviewingCOURSE ID: ILRME504
In today’s business environment, front-line managers are being asked to attend to
Managing Time and PrioritiesCOURSE ID: ILRME503
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day work tasks, but an audit of your time and priorities can be essential to ensure you’re spending your time and effort on the right tasks. Learn how to audit yourself, your team and your organization for optimal performance results.
Addressing Workplace Behavior IssuesCOURSE ID: ILRME505
Learn how to effectively manage
Aligning Performance Measures with Business StrategyCOURSE ID: LSM532
This online course explores the types and sources of measurement error, the use of causal models in analyzing measures of performance, and the differences between managing measures and managing performance.
Navigating Power RelationshipsCOURSE ID: LSM597
In many cases, those in power are the ones who get the final say in organizational decision making. Analyze where you fit in the power hierarchy and how to increase your power to get things done within your organization.
Leading Across CulturesCOURSE ID: LSM595
In today’s marketplace, leading multicultural teams is becoming the norm. Learn the skills needed to assess your organization and your management style to ensure you’re leading a diverse team in the best ways possible.
Quality and Service ExcellenceCOURSE ID: LSM594
Leading Organizational ChangeCOURSE ID: LSM591
Learn how to effectively manage change in your organization by knowing when change is needed, working on getting the change accepted organizationally and implementing change in the best way possible.
Negotiation SkillsCOURSE ID: LSM589
Being able to effectively negotiate is a critical skill that can be used in all aspects of your life—not just in the business world. Learn the ins and outs of negotiation, including how and when to negotiate.
Planning and Delivering Effective PresentationsCOURSE ID: LSM588
Being able to effectively formulate and share your ideas verbally is a key skill essential to any leader. Learn the ins and outs of creating dynamic, attention-grabbing presentations.
Leading for Creativity and InnovationCOURSE ID: LSM587
Innovation is all the rage—but do you know what it really means for your organization? Find out what innovation is and how to apply the concept to your team for successful implementation of cutting-edge ideas.
Leading with CredibilityCOURSE ID: LSM586
Without the trust of those you lead and those who support you in an organization, it is next to impossible to be successful. Learn what you need to gain and keep the respect of your colleagues to keep your career moving forward.
Leading Collaborative TeamsCOURSE ID: LSM585
In today's workforce, adaptation and responsiveness are key elements in the success for an organization.
Coaching Skills for LeadersCOURSE ID: LSM584
Managing employees isn’t enough anymore. For your company to succeed, you must build relationships through coaching. Get the skills needed to be an effective coach and learn what—and what not—to do to move your organization forward.
Leading Strategic Change InitiativesCOURSE ID: LSM583
Strategic Decision MakingCOURSE ID: LSM582
Being able to make a timely, well-reasoned decision is a critical skill every leader must possess.
Competitive Advantage and ProfitabilityCOURSE ID: LSM541
Laying the groundwork for an MBA-level exploration of business strategy, this course will introduce you to well-known tools and frameworks that support evaluating your market landscape in a consistent and thorough way.
The Strategy of Mergers and AcquisitionsCOURSE ID: LSM543
Explore what factors motivate and bring about industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A). From the real and imagined benefits of cost reductions and synergies, to the perceived market power of a larger company, you will see where M&A has the potential to both help and harm a business.
Managing Supply Chain Threats and OpportunitiesCOURSE ID: LSM544
"Growth" can take on many forms. In this online course, learn about how different growth strategies such as horizontal and vertical mergers and buyouts can make your business more competitive.
The Application of Game Theory to Business StrategyCOURSE ID: LSM545
In this online course, you'll explore the phenomenon of Game Theory and learn how to use it to advantage in your own work.
Strategic and Tactical PricingCOURSE ID: LSM546
Pricing products requires more than a comparative glance at the competitive landscape. Learn and apply the fundamentals of pricing to bolster your market share.
Strategic Positioning in MarketsCOURSE ID: LSM542
Central to your business strategy is identifying your strategic position. Strategic positioning is essentially how your firm "stacks up" to the competition and helps to define the scope and scale of your business. Explore how strategic positioning gives you the advantage in a competitive environment.
Choosing the Right Performance Measures for Your OrganizationCOURSE ID: LSM531
This course introduces managers to the basics of measuring and reporting on the performance of your organization, whether it's a for-profit business, not-for profit, or governmental organization.
Managing Business Capacity with Activity-Based CostingCOURSE ID: LSM535
This online course explores one of the most challenging issues in measuring the margins created by individual managers, departments, products and services: allocating the costs that are incurred simply to provide productive capacity.
Measuring and Improving EfficiencyCOURSE ID: LSM536
This online course introduces you to effective techniques for setting prices for the exchange of products and services between different units in a business.
Measuring and Improving MarginsCOURSE ID: LSM534
This online course will teach you how to analyze the true cost of products and services that rely heavily on shared resources, common methods of reporting these costs, and devise reports that link reported costs to business strategy.
Measuring and Motivating PerformanceCOURSE ID: LSM533
This online course will help you understand how to match forms of incentive compensation to your firm's circumstances.