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.

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Working with Legal Professionals
COURSE 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. 

Women in Leadership: Navigating The Double Bind
COURSE ID: DYS521


Women in Leadership: Negotiation Skills
COURSE ID: DYS522


Women in Leadership: Using Emotional Intelligence to Drive Results
COURSE ID: DYS523


Women in Leadership: Giving and Receiving Feedback
COURSE ID: DYS524


Women in Leadership: Outsmart the Work-Life Balance
COURSE ID: DYS525


The Psychology of Getting Things Done
COURSE 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.

Identifying and Managing Emotions
COURSE 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. 

Interpreting the Behavior of Others
COURSE ID: LSM603


Learn how to accurately predict what drives your team members through a set of proven tools, ensuring your team works efficiently together. 

Exploring Specialty Areas of Business Law
COURSE 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 Success
COURSE 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 Law
COURSE 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 Structure
COURSE ID: LSM606


Learn how to design a team from scratch or reorganize an existing team for maximum efficiency and optimal group dynamics. 

Applying Strategic Influence
COURSE 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.

Mastering the Essentials of Influence
COURSE 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.

Managing Time and Priorities
COURSE 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.

Effective Hiring and Interviewing
COURSE ID: ILRME504


In today’s business environment, front-line managers are being asked to attend to personnel needs in the workplace, including hiring and firing. Learn the skills needed to effectively manage these responsibilities in ways that will benefit your team and your organization.

Managing Team Performance
COURSE 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 Leader
COURSE 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 Teams
COURSE ID: HAME502


Interpersonal Communication Skills
COURSE 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 Performance
COURSE 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?

Addressing Workplace Behavior Issues
COURSE ID: ILRME505


Learn how to effectively manage workplaces issues—including bullying, harassment, terminations and accommodation requests—in order to foster a healthy, productive work environment for your team.

Strategic Decision Making
COURSE ID: LSM582


Being able to make a timely, well­-reasoned decision is a critical skill every leader must possess. Learn how to hone this skill through a proven methodology from Cornell University.

Leading Strategic Change Initiatives
COURSE ID: LSM583


Aligning Performance Measures with Business Strategy
COURSE 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 Relationships
COURSE 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 Cultures
COURSE 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 Excellence
COURSE ID: LSM594


Leading Organizational Change
COURSE 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 Skills
COURSE 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 Presentations
COURSE 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 Innovation
COURSE 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 Credibility
COURSE 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 Teams
COURSE ID: LSM585


In today's workforce, adaptation and responsiveness are key elements in the success for an organization.

Coaching Skills for Leaders
COURSE 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.

Strategic and Tactical Pricing
COURSE 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.

Competitive Advantage and Profitability
COURSE 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 Acquisitions
COURSE 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 Opportunities
COURSE 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 Strategy
COURSE 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 Positioning in Markets
COURSE 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 Organization
COURSE 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 Costing
COURSE 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 Efficiency
COURSE 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 Margins
COURSE 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 Performance
COURSE ID: LSM533


This online course will help you understand how to match forms of incentive compensation to your firm's circumstances.