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Learn about leadership

While many leaders are also effective managers and many managers exhibit leadership skills, leadership and management are not interchangeable. Expand your leadership knowledge and skills with online courses delivered through edX.

What is leadership?

Leadership is the ability to influence, empower, and motivate individuals or a team. Leaders can set direction through clearly articulated mission and vision statements that help to guide groups of people or organizations toward achieving predetermined goals. Many leaders rise through the ranks, in part, due to their technical prowess. But leadership also relies on soft skills like communication, problem-solving, decision-making, delegation, adaptability, teamwork, and empathy. 

Many managers benefit from strong leadership skills. Managers more regularly engage with their employees, teaching them how to effectively perform their responsibilities and supervising the completion of their tasks. When managers are effective leaders, they set positive examples for staff to follow and help their employees hone their own strengths.

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How to learn about leadership online

While leaders typically set the direction for their teams, they can benefit from management skills to help guide individual employees. Learners can study leadership and management with online courses offered through edX. From tutorials to advanced courses, a variety of educational opportunities are available that can fit different learners’ needs, depending on their desired time commitment and schedule. 

Engaging in leadership training can positively impact any job, across all industries. Foundational courses can focus on addressing team challenges, building trust, and navigating change. Advanced learners can take courses that cover specialized topics such as project management, corporate social responsibility, and organizational behavior.

Careers in leadership

A leader is someone who is dynamic, composed, and inspiring. Professionals can use leadership training for their own advancement, or they can become experts in the field, helping others in their careers. Explore how you can benefit from leadership courses delivered through edX and begin your educational journey today.

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