Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

Leadership skills that help people come together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities are essential in a complex world. This course will provide a context for collaborative (or facilitative) leadership, drawing examples from community settings, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses. Collaborative leadership leads to productive and supportive relationships, jointly developed goals and structure, and shared responsibility for achievement. We will study useful strategies and techniques for involving stakeholders, building consensus, laying out a problem-solving process, facilitation of that process, and drawing in the full experience, knowledge and wisdom of participants. Students will write a final paper (or participate in a group project) to integrate results from interviews and opportunities to shadow local leaders, class discussions with guests and the instructor, and material from assigned readings.  This course is designed to include both COA students and community members.



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