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Leading with purpose

Course Status

Start Date: July 14, 2022
End Date: December 13, 2022

About Course

Join Associate Professor Dr Chris Dalton at the Leading with Purpose course

Course duration: 12 hours of content over 4 - 5 weeks
Dates coming soon!

This course is an introduction to leading and leadership through the lens of purpose at several levels. Purpose is more than just a pressing question for the future; it is both anchored in the present and emergent over time. As recent world events and global trends have emphasised, knowing how to frame, express and live with purpose may be the defining feature of sustainability in business. Corporate life is messy, complex, and unpredictable, so Leading with Purpose will explore two critical questions: “What are we here to do?” and “Where do we go from here?”

Description

Purpose is belief in what you are doing.
Locating, connecting with and maintaining that belief is one of the most challenging and important tasks in leadership. Peter Drucker once wrote, “there is only one valid definition of a business purpose: to create a customer” (Drucker, 1954, p. 37). But is this simple definition still true?

Leading with Purpose will form a bridge between what is and what could be. Purpose is concerned with an organisation’s future place in a wider system. This requires a proper understanding of the organisation’s core mandate, effective management of its business-as-usual processes, and care for its continuing viability, health and well-being.

This interactive course is about stepping into the unknown and finding novel ways of thinking about purpose with increased confidence, wisdom and judgment. In the second decade of the 21st century, we are learning about a set of challenges that no other business generation has had to face. Moving beyond managing only for economic growth, being purpose-led means re-examining what we do across a wide range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities. Now more than ever, companies, sectors and whole economies must change. Will this change bring a loss of focus? A loss of meaning? Loss of profits? Should success have a moral component?

This course – led by an experienced tutor who has written and researched extensively in this field – will introduce plenty of lively talking points around purpose and success. It will include practical perspectives that are backed by theory and informed by current thinking and, using real-world cases and examples, it will celebrate the diverse experience of the participants in the group. You will discuss, reflect on and apply what you are learning.

How the course is structured

We open and close with live (synchronous) and interactive seminars. In-between, as a participant you will work your way through the prepared content at your own pace.

There are four parts to the course, and these will include ideas for activities and reflections you can try, alongside a range of thought-provoking reading and viewing to fuel your exploration of the topic. Activities aim for new ideas which you can bring to the group in online discussions and Q&A, as well as to the second live seminar.

An additional opt-in reflective practice writing exercise can be submitted for informal feedback up to two weeks from the end of the course.

What Will I Learn?

  • We open and close with two, two-hour live (synchronous) seminars.
  • In-between, as a participant you will work your way through the prepared content at your own pace.
  • Ideas for activities you can try, and reflections you can make, are given in each of the four main parts of the Course.
  • Activities often result in new ideas, which you can bring to the group in online discussions and Q&A, as well as to the second and final live meeting.
  • For those who wish, an additional opt-in reflective practice writing exercise can be submitted for informal feedback up to two weeks from the end of the course.

Topics for this course

22 Lessons

Welcome?

Introduction to course
Help and course instructions
Overview by course leader

Part 1 – Introduction to purpose?

This part included live seminar #1, the dimensions of purpose, why purpose matters, identifying purpose-linked management and leadership issues. The first online seminar will familiarise the group with the definitions and perspectives currently in use for purpose in leadership and provide a framework for understanding and examining Purpose in organisational practice. It will also give participants a chance to get to know each other and share knowledge and experience.

Part 2 – Leadership?

Where purpose meets leadership; defining what leadership is; leadership styles and theories that resonate with purpose; moving from sense-making to meaning-making.

Part 3 – Leading Organisational Purpose?

Most of us encounter purpose as a question at work, and for work. In this part we look at start-ups and purpose, the business growth cycle, vision, mission and purpose, corporate values, leading organisational change and transformation.

Part 4 – Leading with a higher purpose?

This part explores the connection between organisational and societal contexts in terms of purpose. We face new challenges and new opportunities, and business needs to lead the way, not merely respond, to these. From map-reading to map-making, this part closes with live seminar #2. The second online seminar will focus on the relationship between organisational purpose and context (industry, sector, society, and so on) and discuss practical ways for Leading with Purpose in the future.

Part 5 – Reflective Practice Assignment (optional)?

An opt-in short, 1,000-word reflective assignment may be submitted for feedback from the tutor after the Course.

About the instructor

Dr Chris Dalton

Associate Professor of Management Learning and module convener for Personal Development (PD) at Henley Business School.

Dr Chris Dalton is Associate Professor of Management Learning and module convener for Personal Development (PD) at Henley Business School. A dynamic and creative tutor, Chris joined Henley Business School in 2005 and was Programme Director for the Distance/Flexible Learning MBA until 2010, when he took over the PD role. His research is focused on the use of reflection in personal development in post-experience management education and leadership. His first book, The Every Day MBA, was published at the beginning of 2015 and his second, Brilliant Strategy for Business, in 2016. In 2019, he published MBA Day By Day and his latest title, The Integrated Leader: a Foundation for Lifelong Management Learning, was published in June 2021. Chris has over 28 years of experience in management education and training, previously working at the Central European University Business School (and its predecessor, the International Management Centre) in Budapest, Hungary, where he was Director of their full-time and modular MBA program. He teaches on the Henley Executive MBA and the DBA, and he runs corporate workshops and seminars related to management development in South Africa, central Europe and the Middle East. He is a visiting professor at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, as well as regular contributor to Leadership programmes at the Clinton Institute of Queen’s University, Belfast. Chris holds a PhD in Management Learning and Leadership from Lancaster University and an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. He is a certified coach and online tutor and has trained as a systemic constellations facilitator, regularly working with the public and private sector in facilitating team and organisational development, as well as reflective retreats. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
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Material Includes

  • Live seminars and video instruction from leading academics
  • Thought provoking articles and case studies
  • Critical theory and latest research
  • Guest speakers (video, on-demand) and interviews
  • Discussion and tasks (individual and collective)
  • Optional reflective writing exercise
  • Networking opportunities