Leadership Courses at Ashford University

Leadership comes in many forms. In your Leadership courses, you will explore what it means to be a leader in a wide range of areas, including finance, management, and strategy. These courses are part of the Master of Arts in Leadership degree program at the Forbes School of Business & Technology. Learn how to lead from any position within any organization.

Leadership Class Descriptions and Credit Information

LDR 6220 The Focused Leader

3 Credits

The Focused Leader provides students with insight- and action-based skills focused on understanding oneself and one’s impact on others—skills necessary for effective interactions in the global arena. The course builds upon research in emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and motivation, and gives students an understanding of the role of emotional intelligence as an aspect of personal empowerment and professional effectiveness, in the global context in particular. Students learn methods of managing emotions triggered by differences, develop strategies for building harmonious and productive relationships, and gain tools and strategies to help others develop emotional intelligence. Students will leave the course having identified goals for their own personal development, strategies for meeting those goals, and a plan for implementing those strategies.

LDR 6270 Financial Leadership & Management

3 Credits

This course is designed to empower students with a framework of essential finance and accounting terminology, concepts, and applications for a range of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sector. Students will learn how financial decisions impact the operation of organizational units and the viability of organizations. Students will also learn the key elements of typical finance and accounting operations in organizations and how such activities relate to the effective development and deployment of leadership strategies in an organization.

LDR 6280 Strategic Leadership

3 Credits

This course provides students with the knowledge, tools, and skills required to develop a coherent and effective organizational strategy and to lead strategically within an environment that features diverse economic systems, volatile political environments, conflicting labor practices, and other complex global and/or regional realities. Students will explore the essential elements of an effective strategic plan; the leader’s role and responsibilities in the application of strategic thinking, planning, and implementation within organizations; and the extrinsic factors that influence the success of a strategic plan. Students will gain knowledge and skills that allow them to better align their leadership and work with the strategic goals of organizations and the larger, long-term interests of a global community.

LDR 6285 Leadership Integrative Project Capstone

3 Credits

Effective leadership requires a strong outward focus and perspective. As a capstone experience, this course will give students the opportunity to integrate knowledge from prior courses to identify critical strategies, relate human capital concepts to those strategies, and produce actionable organizational strategies and plans that are globally focused through a practical, real-world scenario. Students will work in teams to design a social innovation initiative, develop an effective grant proposal for the initiative, evaluate proposals, and assess their leadership strengths in light of the experience. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework. This course may not be transferred in.