Leadership Step by Step, in-person

Learn to lead through experience

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About This Course

This online set of exercises supports Joshua Spodek's in-person leadership course.

Testimonials

I wanted to thank you for the class on Leadership at Columbia last weekend. It was a big eye opener for someone like me who has never taken any class on leadership. Your real life examples were exemplary and everything I learnt in your class, I feel I can in some way apply in my professional and personal life. I look forward to more such classes from you and in the mean time will be reading your blogs.

- Kabita Dasgupta, Manager, Deloitte & Touche

I think this is a very inspirational class. Becoming more self-aware and improving my emotional intelligence has been my goal, but I have not been able to find a structured way to do so, until now. Thanks!

- Student in Shanghai

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The Details

7 Units

23 Exercises

Instead of passively watching lectures, in this course you will learn to lead by leading! You will perform a series of exercises from beginner to advanced, learning tools to keep developing long after.

  • You will experience doing and thinking what successful leaders do and think.
  • You will overcome the challenges leaders do on what matters to you, starting simply.
  • The exercises follow time-tested pedagogy and have been tested with hundreds of students

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Your Instructor

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Joshua Spodek

Instructor

Joshua Spodek co-founded several companies, coaches leadership for Columbia Business School’s Program on Social Intelligence, and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU. He has led seminars in leadership, creativity, sales, strategy, and motivation at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations.

He holds five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He also helped build an X-ray observational satellite for the European Space Agency and NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures operating globally, and holds six patents.

He earned such praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox, NY1, CNN, WNYC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Observer, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsweek, Forbes, Worth, Esquire, The Guardian, Nikkei Shimbun, South China Morning Post, Taipei Times, Village Voice, Salon, and more.

Unit Descriptions

Leadership Introduction

1 exercises

Welcome to the Leadership Course

Understanding Yourself

4 exercises

This unit lays the foundations of self-awareness that successful leaders describe as critical. This unit focuses on perception, mindfulness, beliefs, and observing our thought patterns.

Self-awareness is notoriously difficult to learn from lecture or reading about in a book. The exercises in this unit walk you through developing it. You'll continue that development through the rest of the course.

Leading Yourself

7 exercises

Leading yourself effectively is the foundation for leading others. Creating effective habits is also the foundation for productivity, happiness, and emotional reward.

This unit focuses on changing beliefs, changing communication habits, avoiding judgment, and getting advice for behavioral change. It builds on the awareness developed in the last unit.

Your Leadership Project

1 exercises

Apply what you're learning to a project you care about with people you care about

Leading Others

5 exercises

This unit teaches you to inspire people and motivate them to engage and work with passion. They'll thank you for getting them to work so hard!

The exercises in this unit lead you to lead people in your life on matters you care about. You don't just learn abstract principles. You'll start small, avoiding anxiety, then building. The exercises develop your compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Before you know it, you'll know how to inspire people deliberately and consistently, then to support and manage them to keep them going for the long term.

Understanding Others

4 exercises

Like mechanics work with cars, leaders work with people. This unit creates a model for our "motors"--the human emotional system--and shows how to use that model to communicate with, understand, influence, and motivate.

You'll start by applying what you learn about emotions and motivations by creating and changing your own habits.

Having a useful model for how the human emotional system gives you the tools to lead yourself and others. The next unit shows you how to use the tools.

Leadership Course Review

1 exercises

Congrats on finishing the Leadership course

7 Units

23 Exercises

Instead of passively watching lectures, in this course you will learn to lead by leading! You will perform a series of exercises from beginner to advanced, learning tools to keep developing long after.

  • You will experience doing and thinking what successful leaders do and think.
  • You will overcome the challenges leaders do on what matters to you, starting simply.
  • The exercises follow time-tested pedagogy and have been tested with hundreds of students