21st Century Leadership Skills


21st Century Leadership Skills

Prepare yourself for workforce success by building key leadership skills.

As you look to move into the workplace, it is more important than ever to expand your leadership abilities in order to be successful. Although you will have learned key content and practiced skills like creativity and collaboration in your classes, employers often report that graduates do not possess the level of preparedness in leadership skills needed to be successful in their careers. This course is designed to reinforce and help you to demonstrate your ability to work in increasingly global and collaborative work environments.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Cross-cultural understanding – how you understand different cultures, and how you can be more respectful to others regardless of their backgrounds
  • Communication and storytelling – how to share your narrative and understand those of others in the workplace
  • Inclusive teamwork and collaboration – how you can work with diverse teams
  • Critical thinking – how to diagnose and fully understand a problem before attempting to solve it
  • Creativity – how to stretch your mind and bring creativity into your daily work

How it Works

This course consists of five modules encompassing leadership skills that will benefit you in the workplace. Each module includes several short videos and accompanying workbook prompts and activities, with each designed to take you about 50-75 minutes per module. We recommend pacing them out to one module per week, but you can complete the activities at your own pace!

Who Should Attend

Students in colleges and universities who are interested in expanding their skills and developing an agile mindset to prepare for a future career will benefit most from this course.

The following lessons are included with this course.

Course Highlights

  • 131 minutes of video instruction in 5 modules
  • Over 3 hours of activities included
  • 1 workbook

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Dr. Ashley Green

Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost, Michigan State University

In her previous role as Assistant Dean for Administration and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in International Studies and Programs, Ashley provided leadership in the implementation and administration of international programs and global initiatives that advance and strengthen university-wide missions related to research, outreach, and engagement activities. She oversaw a variety of administrative functions, including international partnership processes and protocols. Ashley also serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, Fulbright Programs, and Peace Corps.

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Dr. Anjam Chaudhary

Global DEI Program Director, International Studies and Programs | Michigan State University

Dr. Anjam Chaudhary plays a pivotal role in global DEI initiatives at Michigan State University’s Office of International Studies and Programs, leading transformative programs. Specializing in global DEI, inclusive leadership, intercultural competence, and communication, she brings a wealth of experience in fostering inclusive practices across a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty on a global scale.

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Garret Westlake

Dr. Garret Westlake

Executive Director of the da Vinci Center Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Garret Westlake is heading the transformation of VCU into one of the nation’s leading universities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation, and the inclusion of entrepreneurial thinking as a requisite skill for the innovation economy. As executive director, Dr. Westlake advances university-wide student innovation and entrepreneurship through curriculum as well as through curated experiential education opportunities.

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