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   Course Title    Leadership Skills Development
Lecturer    Almaz Tolymbek
Institution    Novosibirsk State University
Country    Russia

Course description: 


Upon completion of the course the students are expected to understand and make practical use of:

  • Learning and Self-Development Path
  • Time Management ideas and tools
  • Critical Thinking approaches and skills
  • Communication in organizational settings
  • Decision-making models and tools
  • Organizational culture and ways to manage it
  • Influence-making approaches
  • The role and effects of communication on workplace behaviors
  • Conflict Management concepts and skills

 Learning objectives:  


The course features a synthetic cross-disciplinary approach designed to furnish students with  a range of real life-tailored concepts, models, and tools essential for developing one’s own leadership potential. This will enable them to plan and self-manage further leadership skills development, which are critical in any area of business, public, and nonprofit management.


Required Readings:

All required materials will be distributed as hand-outs and articles in class


Recommended Materials:

1.      Maxwell J., Developing the Leaders Around You, Nashville: 1995, Thomas Nelson Publishers

2.      Bragg Mary, Reinventing Influence, London:1996, Pitman Publishing

3.      Fisher R., Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict, Cambridge: 1994, Harvard University Press

4.      Fuller G., Win-Win Management, Paremus, NJ: 1998, Prentice Hall Press

5.      Maitland I., Perfect PR, London: 1999, ITP

6.      Adair J., Effective Time Management, London: 1988, Pan Books

7.      Ury W., Getting Past No, London: 1991, Random House Business Books

8.      Blanchard K., Leadership and the One Minute Manager, London: 1994, Harper Collins Publishers




Emphasis will be made on class discussions of each respective topic that will be regularly reinforced by case studies, class exercises, and role plays. Besides, the practical dimension will be stressed by a team project and home assignments.




Students will be given two examinations: one midterm and final exam each worth 100 points. The team project and class participation will be worth 50 points each. Home assignments will be worth a total of 100 points.




Each student will be evaluated at the end of the semester according to the total number of points accumulated from exams, project assignments, and class participation. Each student’s total will be divided by the total possible points to calculate a fraction.


368-400 points                  92%-100% = A

336-367 points                  84%-91%  = A-

296-335 points                 74%-83% = B+

264-295 points                  66%-73% = B

240-263 points                   60%-69% = B-

212-239 points                   53%-59% = C+


Scheme of Work:



Lecture Topic


Learning Plan. Goal Setting. Self-Directed Learning and Development. Learning Styles. Personal Vision and Values


External assessment assignment. Review of abilities. Career relevance. Developing competences


Time Management. Common time problems. Developing personal sense of time. Long-term and mid-term plans.


Planning the day. Making use of your time best. Time effectiveness in offices. Managing meetings


Critical Thinking goals and tools. Information-presenting tools (association map, clusters, key words). Text analysis (marking system, double-entry table).


Reflexive writing (essay). Logical reasoning and argumentation (reports, inferences, judgements). 


Debating culture (angle technique). Collective problem-solving and learning (brainstorming, jigsaw method)



Mid-term exam


Communication in an organizational setting. Effective memo writing. Conducting meetings. Speach-making (rhetoric skills).


PR skills (managing interviews, press-cnferences, PR campaigns). Networking. Using grapevine.


Decision-making models and tools (SWAT analysis, systems approach, strategic issues, incremental approach, stakeholder analysis, innovation)


Exerting influence. Power v. Influence. Six principles of influence. Four steps (know youself, identify your target, diagnose the system, decide on strategy and tactics)


Conflict Management. Four principles (separate people from the problem, focus on interests, not positions, invent alternative options, using objective criteria). Coping with conflict (purpose, ‘their shoes’, ‘their choice’, fresh ideas, good advice, change of the game)



Final exam


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