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Foundations of Effective Leadership


Leadership—how would you define it? How can you be an effective leader? The Foundations in Effective Leadership course defines leadership as moving people from where they are to a better place. During this course you will discover how Jesus set the example of being a servant leader and what leadership principles can be learned from His example. But to be an effective servant leader you first need to look at yourself. The kind of person you are is the kind of leader you will be. Are you ready to become an effective servant leader? You can begin today.

  1. Provide a biblical definition of leadership.
  2. Describe characteristics of a servant leader.
  3. Show evidence of beginning to develop those characteristics.
  4. Discuss the basic principles behind six specific leadership models.
  5. Explain how those leadership models contribute to an understanding of servant leadership.
  • I've studied leadership and know the subject a bit more than this module. This lecture is good. I will recommend it for those learning Leadership "basics".

    — Joshua, United States (US)
  • I have grasped a lot of amazing new things. I will apply them for personal growth.

    — Farai, South Africa
  • Good stuff. We just need more of it. Unfortunately, there's not a good way to add more to this without making it too long.  

    — Kevin, United States (US)
  • I loved this course. Great content!!  

    — Matt, United States (US)
  • It is great to understand the wide picture of leadership.

    — Oleksiy, United States (US)
  • This has been a great course I've learned a lot when it comes to leadership roles and how to go about them.

    — Lacie, United States (US)
  • The content was good, but often hard to follow.

    — Kelsi, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed learning about the concepts that Dr. Buzzell put forward on Leadership, most of which I had not come across before. I had previously done some study on the work of John Adair, and also the Team Roles put forward by Belbin, but your course has given me many new insights into the role and character of Leadership. Thank you.

    — Ray, United Kingdom (UK)
  • Thank you professor of this course and for the very good lessons of leadership.

    — Monica, United States (US)
  • Man! I really enjoyed this course.

    — Kathleen, United States (US)
  • Explanation is precisely and easy to absorb. Thanks a bunch. God bless

    — Linda, Indonesia
  • Clear and precise clarification on leadership styles and strengths that are prevalent and relevant in today's society

    — Tamarus, United States (US)
  • Very interesting and well communicated.

    — Brian, United States (US)
  • This was a helpful foundational course

    — Will, United States (US)
  • Enjoyed it. Practical and solid content.

    — Jo beth, United States (US)
  • Great course. Great perspective on how to look at leadership in all areas of life.

    — Adrian, United States (US)
  • I loved it. Thank you!

    — Jason, United States (US)
  • I already posted and recommended this course on my FaceBook page. Excellent course. Loved it!

    — Jael, United States (US)
  • I thought the information was interesting, the video could have been more entertaining or higher quality.

    — Zenon, United States (US)
  • I am so excited about the information that I will be sharing it with my leadership group at church.

    — Susan, United States (US)
  • The learning helped me understand what leaders should do. The lecturer was correct in pointing out that as a leader I left out feelings and emotions at the door, not realizing that it can be a powerful tool in leadership

    — Rhenald, Philippines
  • Simply incredible thank you!!

    — Jordan, United States (US)
  • Enjoyed the entire thing.

    — Caleb, United States (US)
  • Great breakdown of the different leadership styles.

    — Nicholas, United States (US)
  • Open minded course!

    — Josepha, Indonesia
  • This course was very helpful to my understanding of leadership. It helped me wrap my mind around how you lead with different people in different ways. Thank you!

    — Nathan, United States (US)
  • Great course!

    — Jeremy, United States (US)
  • It was an awesome class! Easy to understand and easy to apply to everyday life.

    — Mary, United States (US)
  • I greatly appreciate the way the instructor is able to take lofty concepts and communicate them in a concise manner, using illustrations that are truly helpful in understanding those concepts.

    — Everett, United States (US)
  • Very good course. Anyone involved in leadership even if it isn't in a faith based role should utilize this course!

    — Todd, United States (US)
  • This course offered great insight upon the paths of being or becoming a leader in life, ministry or the workplace.

    — Jose, United States (US)
  • I loved this course. It really help you how to be a better leader. Thank you.

    — Melba, United States (US)
  • I learned a lot of things about leadership that I had not considered, as well as learning about a true call to leadership, particularly being a good servant leader. Excellent course for anyone wanting to take on a leadership role.

    — Laura, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course. I learned a lot about myself and my leading methods.

    — Louis, United States (US)
  • Very good course. It really kept me thinking.

    — Veronica, United States (US)
  • Very good to apply to my life at work and home.

    — Dusty, United States (US)
  • These courses are very helpful in fine tuning my leadership skills and style.

    — Jeffrey, United States (US)
  • This course gave me a good overall understanding of the different kinds of leadership that can be used. I recognized that the administration at the school I work at has been using Visionary and Transforming Leadership which has been very effective, but taken a long time to see the positive effects of it. Enjoyable class.

    — Evon, United States (US)
  • The professor was very good!

    — Stephanie, United States (US)
  • The content of this course is not only resourceful in creating an effective leader but it is very insightful.

    — Dennis, United States (US)
  • This was very good for me. Breaking down leadership style the way it was done in this course is helpful for me. I'm not a natural leader. The lesson on servant leadership was especially important.

    — David, United States (US)
  • WOW!!! It is revolutionary, encouraging, challenging, confrontational and yet loaded with a message of HOPE for individuals, groups and Churches. Its really opening my eyes in understanding the difference of leadership and leaders and their responsibilities. It is easy to understand, practical and insightful. Thank you for this life-changing course

    — Sebo, United States (US)
  • This course truly gave me an understanding of what leadership is from a Christian perspective. I have learned phrases and terms about leadership, the reason leadership is effective and sometimes is not, also how to apply this teaching to my own life as a leader. It is an excellent foundation for effective leadership. The instructor is easy to understand and comprehend what is being explained and taught. The course is uplifting and enlightening.

    — Rachel, United States (US)
  • Great course! The pace was perfect to ensure I understood the material in manageable, easy to digest chunks. Thanks for this class!

    — Steven, United States (US)
  • The course has helped me tremendously in evaluating myself as I go forward in leadership positions both in my secular occupation and my role in the church.

    — Walter, United States (US)
  • I learned a lot about leadership, being and becoming a good leader by going through this course. I also learned that I do not know everything that there is to being a good leader, but that I am willing to do more to become the excellent leader that the Lord is calling me to be. Thank you.

    — Arlivia, United States (US)
Basic Level
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Class Details

  • 4 Lessons
  • 13 Activities
  • 5 Assessments
  • 13 Min Average
  • 2 Hrs Minimum
  • Class Award

Sid Buzzell, PhD