Human Resources Leadership: 5 Courses that Prepare You to Lead

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For the past number of years you have enjoyed a promising human resources career filled with stimulating challenges. And now that you’re an expert in your particular position, it’s natural to want more.

Perhaps it’s time to get serious about pursuing a promotion and preparing yourself for a human resources leadership role.

While you may have a good amount of experience, to move into HR management you will likely also need a Bachelor’s degree with coursework that focuses on developing the leadership skills you’ll need.

In a speech to be given on the day he died, John F. Kennedy wrote, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” A potential takeaway from this is that even great leaders understand the value in learning how to become a better leader.

The following leadership courses from the Rasmussen College human resources and organizational leadership program will get you started on the right path.

Becoming a Leader Within Your Organization.

1. Contemporary Leadership Challenges

In this course you will examine current trends and issues within the field of management. Gaining in-depth exposure to these topics now will help you to successfully sidestep any issues that may arise throughout your career.

2. Leading Change

Here you will focus on how you can affect change within an organization. Learn the necessary techniques to do so by studying change models that address the ways in which change impacts people and processes in organizations.

3. Leadership and Teams

This course will introduce you to an applied approach to leadership. You will develop the skills needed to work within a professional setting by learning about the different strategies most often used for team building and conflict resolution. You will also explore how cultural, gender and interpersonal dynamics influence leadership.

4. Managing a Diverse Workforce

This course explores how diversity and stereotypes within organizations can impact the workplace. As you examine these issues you will be developing the leadership skills you need to manage employees within a variety of different types of business operations, cultural settings and organizations.

5. Organizational Behavior Analysis

This course examines employee behaviors and their effect on organizations. You will learn how organizational leaders create positive and productive workplaces by focusing on topics such as corporate structure, leadership, conflict management, motivation and cross-cultural communications.

So are you prepared to prove to your boss – and yourself – that you truly are ready to advance your career? It will help if you are able to show him or her concrete examples of how the principles you learn in these courses helped prepare you to lead. Don’t just tell them about your experience, demonstrate and validate exactly why your time for a promotion is now.

Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Are you ready to take the first step in advancing your career into a human resources leadership position?

If you answered “yes,” then check out how you can accelerate the completion of your Bachelor’s degree that will help you earn that promotion.

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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