ORG OL600 - The Psychology of 21st Century Leadership and Followership
Given complex changes linked to the increasingly global economy and diverse multicultural workforce of the 21st century, relational dynamics between leaders and followers have changed in a way that make understanding of psychological concepts related to these dynamics a required skill for modern leaders. Followers are no longer viewed as the passive actors they were seen as in the past and there is a greater understanding of the multi-directionality of choices and actions between leaders and followers in the workplace. In addition, a great deal of research on leadership styles and behaviors has shown how the leader-follower relationship impacts individual, group, and larger systemic experiences and goal attainment. In this course, students will explore the psychology of leader-follower dynamics and the importance of leadership behaviors in creating positive and inclusive work cultures that allow the individuals and the greater organization to thrive.