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Course Components

Part 1: Learning Workshop
This comprehensive, interactive week-long workshop is held on the campus of Boston College. It is taught by Carroll School of Management faculty, as well as content experts and practitioners in the fields of leadership, management, or corporate citizenship. The curriculum sets the context for deeper exploratory understanding and discussion of leadership concepts such as vision setting, influence of corporate culture, and strategy development; as well as the tactical skills necessary to lead in complex organizations.

The Course of Study

Setting the Context for Corporate Citizenship Excellence 

  • Identify the state of corporate citizenship in your company
  • Articulate corporate citizenship goals and aspirations
  • Identify common leadership challenges associated with corporate citizenship progress

Leaders and Leadership

  • Contrast different leadership styles and their characteristics
  • Identify the key attributes of leadership and the value of influencing skills in advancing good corporate citizenship
  • Recognize your own leadership style and the leadership style of others
  • Distinguish among the types of culture and its relationship to a leader
  • Outline how corporate culture is reflected internally and externally to an organization
  • Craft and implement a vision that serves to motivate and inspire others

Organizational Change 

  • Distinguish among the key dimensions of organizational change
  • Understand how people react to change and the strategies to manage change
  • Illustrate the leadership skill set required to mobilize change within an organizational context
  • Leverage the levers of organizational change: systems and processes, incentives, people, and structure

Leadership and Influence

  • Evaluate the contextual role of various influencing strategies
  • Understand how culture and values relate to employee engagement
  • Assess your ability to influence without authority
  • Apply influence strategies to real-world challenges

Communicating Effectively

  • Create and foster a shared understanding and build trust throughout an organization and the community through improved and effective communication skills
  • Develop and execute strategically-focused communication plans aligned with broader corporate messaging
  • Communicate corporate citizenship program performance effectively to promote, advocate and obtain buy-in from across the organization

Andy Boynton
Mary Ann Glynn
Mike Pratt
Katherine Smith

Part2: Knowledge Application and Sharing
Reflective exercises and personal journaling assignments serve to advance the classroom learning and provide you with a powerful tool for self-assessment. Regular journaling and exercises designed to keep you engaged in reflection about leadership are assigned over a four-month period. In addition, the group will convene virtually to provide a context for cohort-building and problem-solving.

Part 3: Leaders Summit and Corporate Citizenship Conference
All Academy participants gather together for a one-day session to impart their experiences, successes, and ongoing challenges of their leadership journey. Within this highly engaging workshop, participants share lessons learned as they pursued their personal commitment to effect change as leaders within their organization. The Leaders’ Summit helps participants to identify commonly held learning and observations about leadership from the corporate citizenship professional perspective.

To build on your development as a leader within your organization and the broader corporate citizenship arena, the Leaders’ Summit is held in conjunction with our annual conference so that Academy participants may attend as a guest of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. The summit will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, the location of our 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference.

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy, participants will earn a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Leadership from the Carroll School of Management.

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