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Gain a Competitive Advantage with the Global Leadership Concentration

Develop the competencies and confidence to lead in diverse and complex work environments with a concentration in Global Leadership.

The Global Leadership Concentration combines online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses reinforced with short 1-2 week global immersions. The concentration is designed for mid-career or career starters in: culturally diverse work environments, international business and trade, NGO and non-profit work tied to development and social justice issues, international education, government, policy, and Foreign Service.

With the Global Leadership Concentration you will learn to:

  • Increase self-awareness and cultural sensitivity; adapt own behavior to different cultural contexts and negotiate meaning in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Understand how global issues impact organizations and local community contexts, be able to analyze those issues, and formulate a vision for change. You can then recommend interventions based on systems thinking and culturally grounded concepts and tools.
  • Analyze and respond to situations of difference and conflict on the interpersonal, organizational, and macro-/international levels.

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The successful completion of the Global Leadership Concentration will be recognized on the degree transcript of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. Gonzaga is the only institution in the Northwest offering an online program with a global leadership concentration.

Email Student Services if you would like to add the Global Leadership Concentration to your progression plan or call 866-380-5323

Concentration Curriculum (12 credits)

The Global Leadership Concentration consists of 12 credits.

  • Required Concentration Course (3 credits)
    • ORGL 570: Introduction to Global Systems
  • Elective Courses (6 credits)

*In rare circumstances international internships may be considered.  Contact your Student Services Coordinator for more information.

Course Descriptions

Required Concentration Course Description

ORGL 570: Introduction to Global Systems

We exist in a rapidly shrinking world of intensifying technological, economic, social, cultural, and political interconnections. Organizations across a range of fields and industries are increasingly more diverse and international, and leaders have to address this complex work environment both domestically and globally. This course engages students to become familiar with a variety of global issues tied to organizational performance and to analyze those issues using systems-thinking concepts and tools. Students will gain a deeper understanding of social relationships of interdependence and accountability, as well as skills to integrate diverse ideas and perspectives from a variety of sources. Further through case studies, simulations, and discussions of current issues they will be able to refine global leadership skills such as self-awareness, inquisitiveness, open-mindedness, and cultural sensitivity.

Approved Study Abroad courses and GLOB-L Internship

ORGL 577: Methods of Inquiry and Strategy for Contemporary Global Issues: A Brussels European Forum Simulation

Acquire the fundamentals of leading in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global contexts while practicing strategic leadership integrating multinational perspectives. Develop the leadership capacity to examine contemporary global issues, comprehensively analyze policies, negotiate towards bilateral agreement, and work in multinational contexts to create viable and sustainable solutions. Competencies are gained from class instruction, mentorship, and coaching from an international simulation at the epicenter of the European Community, NATO, and the home of various multinational institutions in Brussels, Belgium.

ORGL 689 – Special Topics: Understanding Europe in the Age of Uncertainty – Prague Czech Republic – 3 credits

This course provides you with a broad understanding of the recent significant political and social challenges facing Europe. Administered and led by Charles University in Prague, you will deepen your understanding of European issues and their global implications.

ORGL 690: Development Communication – Cali, Colombia

Emphasizing face-to-face as well as the use of digital communication tools, the class provides classroom instruction and practical training to help leaders better understand community development needs, as well as how individuals and organizations might work inclusively in partnership with local community institutions to engage and build up local community capacity and empowerment.

Elective Course Descriptions

ORGL 510: Renaissance Leadership & Rhetoric

This course will help emerging leaders develop new perspectives and strategies and bring healthy creativity and energy to their organizations. Drawing upon the creative processes of artists, painters, architects, musicians, and writers, students will apply the same dynamics of creative thinking to the practical work of leaders. An interdisciplinary approach explores the power of Renaissance thinking as it applies to renewal, rediscovery, invention, and creativity.

ORGL 517: Organizational Change and Transformation

Students will be exposed to the concepts of organizational change, health, and transformation. After developing a profile of a healthy organization, students will use this as a guide, practicing methods of organizational diagnosis and intervention.

This course will provide opportunities to consider how to align people around new ways of doing things. Students will have the opportunity to gain confidence and competencies in leading change, and conclude the class with action planning specific to each individual’s interests. Leading change is a critical skill to support organizations in achieving their goals, mission, and vision. Building on theories from the field of change management, we will explore how different situations require different approaches but have common foundations. The course is appropriate for people in various levels and types of organizations, providing tools to support leading change effectively.

ORGL 520: Conflict Resolution

This course provides an overview of conflict on different levels, from micro through mezzo, macro to violent international conflict. The course will use real-life situations and case studies that will help students practice skills and strategies for dialogue, decision-making and ultimately conflict transformation and system change.

ORGL 535: Listen, Discern, Decide

In this class, students will learn more in-depth concepts of Servant-leadership by learning approaches and practices of listening and discernment as a way of enhancing decision-making capacity. The course begins with a focus on interior and exterior listening. Listening and awareness techniques are then integrated with the principles and practices of discernment. The course progresses from a focus on the individual, to group, to listening and discerning and decision making in organizations and communities.

ORGL 689: Leadership and Hardiness

3-day domestic immersion on Mt. Adams, WA

This course will introduce students to existential psychology and psychological hardiness in the context of organizational leadership. Students will gain an understanding of existentialism through a personal exploration of meaning and how meaning informs psychological attitudes and existential courage during personal and organizational adversity. Students will engage various sources of feedback related to culture, climate, structure, and workforce and will be able to provide their organizations a tangible plan for developing and/or sustaining a resilient organization. Students will learn to deconstruct and operationalize psychological hardiness through scholarly literature, classroom exercises, and an expedition on Mt. Adams, WA.

ORGL 689: Global Citizenship

In 2016, GlobeScan found that 51% of of people surveyed across 18 countries viewed themselves primarily as global citizens, rather than as citizens of their own nation. Considering the many issues currently facing ‘citizenship,’ such as the international migration crisis, Brexit, and the 2016 US Presidential election, how do we transcend political and state borders to assume the rights and responsibilities of our world? As an individual, we are ethical consumers, engaging actively in global issues. As a group, we must acknowledge our diverse global workforce through inclusivity, alongside the dedicated commitment to the well-being of those in our organizations, as well as our interconnected industries, communities, and world. This course will assist global learners in developing the personal and professional competencies required to responsibly address our increasingly globalized industries and society. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how global citizenship can successful exist in micro-levels of organizational teams and small groups. This course offers an integrated, transdisciplinary, practical, and dynamic framework for students to learn how global citizens must think, act, and communicate among diverse, intercultural populations.

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