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Best Free MOOCs In Business For January

Leadership Through Social Influence

School: Northwestern University

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: January 9, 2017 (4 Weeks Long)

Workload: 1-3 Hours Per Week

Graded: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $79 fee.

Instructor: Daniel J. O’Keefe

Credentials: O’Keefe teaches courses in persuasion at Northwestern University’s Department of Communication Studies. A highly decorated researcher and teacher, he received the school’s Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010, along with several awards for his scholarship from the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the American Forensic Association, and the International Society for the Student of Argumentation. Holding Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, O’Keefe is the author of Persuasion: Theory and Research (3rd edition) from Sage Publications.

Description: Is leadership innate or learned? Perhaps it is a bit of both. In this course, students will learn tools for influencing, persuading and inspiring their peers. In particular, “the course will address four broad topics: strategies for influencing people’s personal attitudes; strategies for affecting social factors influencing behavior; strategies for affecting people’s perceived ability to undertake the desired behavior; and strategies for inducing people to act on their existing intentions.” Even more, it will focus on how leaders can customize their communication style in various contexts.

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Additional Note: This is the third of a six course specialization from Northwestern University called “Organizational Leadership.” It includes courses on communicating through storytelling, building collaborative teams, and leading through marketing and design innovation. To learn more about these courses and register for them, click here.