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If you’re considering going back to school for a leadership degree, you've come to the right place. Browse through these FAQs to explore the right path for your career and find a UMass Global program that helps you achieve your goals.

  • Organizational leadership takes traditional leadership skills to the next level by incorporating key aspects of human psychology. The basic premise is to employ a management strategy that simultaneously works toward what is best for individuals and what is best for the organization as a whole. Find out more.
  • Organizational leadership degrees are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Many universities like UMass Global also offer emphasis or concentration options within specialized programs. Some even have a variety of certificate options and courses that can be used for professional development. Learn more about organizational leadership.
  • The great thing about a BAOL is that it is generally not industry-specific so students can apply their different backgrounds and look at how organizational leadership tools can be applied in any situation. The curriculum can include topics like marketing, HR, economics, ethics, team building, and finance.
  • An MAOL degree is great for those who want to learn about leadership styles while focusing on individual growths that contribute to organizational success. Example course topics include organizational research, democracy, and ethics, leading change, team development, and organizational dynamics.

  • Although there are many types of leadership styles the four most referred to are democratic, autocratic, laissez-faire and transformational. Find out which style you gravitate toward the most with this 10 question quiz
  • At its core, resilient leadership is the ability to adapt to new circumstances or limitations. A resilient leader is one who can recover from setbacks, stay optimistic and mission oriented, respond instead of simply reacting, and make decisions with imperfect or incomplete knowledge. Learn more
  • Some common traits of resilient leaders include:

    • Maintaining consistent and clear communication
    • Remaining coachable, regardless of your position
    • Building positive and trusting relationships
    • Being comfortable saying “I don’t know” if that’s the honest answer
    • Knowing when to take bold risks or try something entirely new
    • Investing in the development of others
    • Being willing to embrace change

    Learn more in our article: Resilient leadership: Advice for navigating through organizational changes

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