STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES AND TOOLS FOR HEALTH SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Syllabus
Welcome to the Strategic Leadership course. This course is designed to be highly interactive, with much of the learning being achieved through teamwork and critiques of team presentations. This course is offered in a Seminar format and will meet for two hours on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:20 PM in the Second Term. The first class will begin on Thursday, October 31, 2013.
This course also includes a 5 day Seminar with full day sessions, from January 13-17, 2014. Participation in all sessions is required for course credit.
For interested students, there is an option to earn an additional 2 credits of Special Studies with Prof. Lozare or Prof. Mosley in the third term by writing an individual final paper based on the group project and final presentation in the course.
Course DescriptionIntroduces students to the principles of strategic leadership, placing these in the context of facilitating health systems change in developing countries. Covers the following topics: mental models and the household production of health, systems thinking and strategic leverage, personal mastery and commitment to change, action-learning principles and practice, shared vision and creative tension, the theory of constraints and root cause analysis, strategy design and key moves, implementation with accountability, and linking data to action. Develops leadership skills via interactive computer exercises using STARGuide software, small group work and class presentations.
Competencies That Will Be Developed
Persons completing a leadership training program will be able to:
- Recognize the importance of self reflection to clarify one’s values and purpose in life, and understand how one’s mindset (world mental models) shapes the reality that one observes
- See the big picture, be able to describe the underlying relationships and deeper patterns that shape it, and identify leverage points for change
- Engage stakeholders at every level in coalitions to generate a shared vision of a better future
- Build committed action-learning teams based on shared goals and values, mutual respect, and a willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes
- Negotiate conflict, accepting differences, but taking actions from which all sides can learn and benefit
- Create organizations with a climate of trust, transparency, mutual cooperation and a desire to learn continuously
- Communicate effectively by holding conversations focused on outcomes, balancing advocacy with inquiry, and clarifying assumptions, beliefs and feelings within oneself and others
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify key elements of personal mastery to build stakeholder confidence
- Critically analyze the major components of the household health production system
- Develop with others a shared vision of future that all want to reach
- Assess the major constraints towards improvement in the health production system
- Design a strategy to reach the desired health goals
- Develop means of accountability that will engage all stakeholders
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Winter Seminar Session
Then there will be a Winter Leadership Seminar in the week of January 13 - 17, 2014. This Seminar will be every day from 8:30 AM to 5 PM for 5 days. Participation in the Second Term classes and in the Winter Seminar is required to complete the course.
Methods of AssessmentStudent evaluation based on class presentations of small group work and a final project presentation.
Additional Faculty Notes:
This is a pass-fail course; no letter grades are given.
Intended AudienceMasters and Doctoral students
Additional Faculty Notes:
Permission of the faculty is required to enroll in the course.
Additional Faculty Notes:
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge (2006 edition) is the textbook for this course. It may be purchased at Amazon.com or most bookstores. All other required reading materials are provided to all registered students.
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