Leadership and Influence


Develop the skills to motivate and inspire others so you can confidently lead your organization to success.

About this course

Develop the skills to be an effective and successful leader. High impact leaders have the ability to lead and influence others toward a common goal. To do this you must develop your own toolbox of strategies – to maintain engagement, to build collaborative support and to master conflict while remaining true to your authentic self.

Upon completing this course, learners will be able to design an effective influence strategy to accomplish goals, even without formal authority. You’ll be able to recognize team dynamics and identify ways to help each member contribute more effectively. Through exercises and lessons, you’ll pinpoint problems and challenges in the way you (and your teams) make decisions. Finally, you’ll walk away with a concrete plan for continuing to expand your situational adaptability as a leader, allowing you to adjust with fluency and achieve your fullest potential.

Length:8 Weeks
Effort:8–10 hours per week
Add a Verified Certificate for $399 USD
Subject:Business & Management
Video Transcript:English
Course Type:Instructor-led on a course schedule


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What you’ll learn

  • Determine an effective influence strategy to accomplish a goal, regardless of formal authority
  • Recognize team dynamics and identify strategies for leveraging each member’s contribution
  • Identify problems in the way you, and your team, make important decisions
  • Build a concrete plan for continuing to expand your situational adaptability as a leader


Nicole Coomber

Associate Clinical Professor in Management & Organization at University of Maryland

Nicole Coomber is an Associate Clinical Professor in Management & Organization. In addition to teaching management, leadership, and consulting, she is dedicated to helping women manage their complex lives more effectively. Nicole believes the time management, negotiation and communication strategies she teaches in her MBA classrooms at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business can help women navigate both their careers and families. Nicole’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post and Forbes, and she writes on work-life integration at mgmtmama.com and education at blog.umd.edu/teachingwithcoomber. She has a PhD in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland. She is the mom of 4 lively boys between the ages of two and seven.

Neta Moye

Clinical Professor of Management at University of Maryland

Dr. Moye has over 25 years of experience in the field of human resources with particular expertise in helping individuals develop leader skills. She has spent the last 10 years focused on the practice of leadership development across academic, industry, and government settings. She has experience both designing and delivering leadership development solutions across the full range of development activities including formal classroom curricula, experiential development activities, executive coaching, and leader assessments and debriefs.

Dr. Moye’s background has given her broad exposure to the practice of leadership development. As a former faculty member of Vanderbilt University, Neta was the founding faculty director for Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management Leadership Development program; a program ranked among the top 10 in the world by BusinessWeek rankings. She also supported Executive Education at Vanderbilt, helping to build and deliver innovative leadership development programming for corporate clients. As a consultant with PDRI, A CEB Company, she led the design and development of cutting edge products and services to help clients build their next generation of leaders in both government agencies and private sector corporations.

The particular leadership development challenge that Dr. Moye is focused on at the moment is how to help leaders leverage the developmental power of day-to-day experiences, and how to more fully integrate experiential learning into formal leadership development programs. This includes exploring how to increase a leader’s learning agility; that is, their willingness and ability to learn from experience.

Dr. Moye’s involvement in leadership development also includes being an award winning instructor; she has designed and delivered courses to thousands of individuals spanning private and public sector, all levels of leaders, and both non-degree and degree students within three top-25 MBA programs. Most recently, in her work with the Department of Defense, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, Dr. Moye has designed and delivered workshops to global audiences of staff and managers on the topics of adaptability, conversations about performance, and collaborating to improve performance.

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