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Business Leadership Fundamentals, Grade 12


Business Leadership Fundamentals, Grade 12

This course focuses on the development of leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on decision-making, management of group dynamics, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and planning. Effective business communication skills, ethics, and social responsibility are also emphasized.

Prerequisite: None

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview: The Organization and the Modern Workplace

Guiding Questions:
What do organizations look like in the modern workplace?
What do managers do and what skills and competencies to they need to perform their role effectively?

In this module, you will first explore what an organization is and how it functions in the modern workplace, given globalization’s impact and the rapid advancement of technology. From there you will begin to see how managers do their jobs everyday by learning about the roles, responsibilities, and skills needed to perform tasks successfully at each managerial level. You will also learn about classical, behavioural, and modern theories of management in order to gain a more thorough understanding of why organizations function in the way that they do, both past and present. As ethics also plays a major role in the success of any business, you will be looking at various real life ethical issues that have impacted organizations and assess the effectiveness of a company’s commitment to ethics. As one day you might become a manager or supervisor of a department, it is important to know and understand how today’s organizations work and how managers do their jobs within them. 

Module 2 Overview: Planning & Controlling

Guiding Question:
How does strategic planning contribute to the success of an organization? 

In this module, you will first explore how managers plan by diving into the planning and decision making processes. You will learn how each process works and then apply your knowledge to real life business situations. From there, you will be introduced to the various types of plans, techniques, and tools managers use in order to carry out tasks effectively within an organization. Then you will narrow in on strategic management, learning about the processes, levels, and types of strategic planning that managers use to establish a direction for their business. As a variety of tools are also used during the strategic planning process, you will learn how to use the most common ones and apply them in order to assess the position of various different companies. What if the organization undergoes change though? How do you plan for that? Change within an organization is inevitable and often times, can be unanticipated. Once you have learned the basis of planning, you will explore how organizational change impacts a business. Lastly, you will learn about another very important function of management – controlling. Planning and controlling go hand-in-hand – you need to establish a plan and execute it before you can measure its progress.

Module 3 Overview: Organizing

Guiding Question:
How does organizing impact an organization’s performance? 

In this module, you will first explore the function of organizing and its importance in the workplace. You will learn how organizing within a company works by examining different types of organizational structures and job designs. More specifically, you will look at traditional organizational structures versus modern structures and assess the effectiveness of each in the workplace. From there, you will begin to see that the workplace is changing and learn about how it is changing by studying a variety of job design approaches. Lastly, you will learn about another very essential part of the organization – human resources. Human resources management plays a more strategic role within organizations today. You will explore how human resources works and how this department deals with specific legal issues in the workplace. 

Module 4 Overview: Leadership & Human Behaviour

Guiding Question:
How can managers effectively lead an organization to success? How do leaders foster a collaborative workplace culture? 

In this module, you will first examine the question, what makes an effective leader? You will learn about specific personality traits and skills that make a leader effective in both the business context and the global world. Next, you will explore the various sources of power that play a role in influencing individuals within an organization. Once you know about various traits, skills, and sources of power, you will learn about the various approaches and styles that leaders use. You will start with the three classic leadership styles, followed by contingency approaches and transformational leadership. It is important to note that managers can use multiple different styles to lead an organization. Next, you will focus on current issues in leadership development (emotional intelligence, gender, and moral leadership) that impact leaders in the workplace. To further understand why managers lead in the way that they do, you will explore personality and look at the effectiveness of various assessment tools used in the workplace. You will also reflect on, and analyze your own personality, taking different personality assessments. Lastly, you will take a look at teams and how they function within an organization. It is important to know that most teams will have a leader whose role is to create and environment that is supportive and productive.

Module 5 Overview: Management Challenges

Guiding Question:
What are the challenges faced by organizations and how can they be effectively managed?

In this module, you will learn about the various challenges faced by organizations. You will start by learning about the perceptual process and its impact on work behaviour. Next, you will apply the communication process to understand the barriers and obstacles of effective communication. Stress and conflict are challenges faced not only by organizations but by many other individuals as well. You will learn about factors that contribute to stress and conflict and how individuals and organizations manage both. Lastly, you will apply various theories of motivation to understand how managers motivate their employees and teams in a productive work environment. 

Assessment Breakdown

Course Work, Assignments, and Proctored Tests: 70%
Culminating Independent Study Project: 10%
Final Exam: 20%