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Course Description

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Examine major themes and concepts related to leadership and ethics within the context of school board administration. Research on emotional intelligence, effective leadership styles and methods, and change management processes will be studied. During the course, you will also be introduced to various frameworks and tests for ethical decision-making, as well as mechanisms and processes that promote high professional and ethical standards within the school board environment. Application of learning in all these themes will be emphasized in each unit.

Ultimately the goal of this course is to assist leaders in school board administration in answering the question: How can I lead effectively and ethically within the school board environment?

Designed for Ontario school board professionals, this course provides the skills and knowledge necessary to build leadership capacity within the school board environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the connection between emotional intelligence and effective leadership
  • Reflect on and analyze your emotional intelligence skills through completion of the Emotional Quotient Inventory
  • Evaluate the impact of utilizing complementary EI skills and flexible leadership styles
  • Apply strategies for effective change management within the school board environment
  • Examine reasons for resistance to change and propose strategies to effectively manage resistance
  • Describe and apply ethical frameworks and tests that can be used to guide decision-making and behavior within the school board environment
  • Explain the importance of leadership, culture, mechanisms and processes to promote high professional and ethical standards within the school board environment

Course Topics

  • Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership
  • Leadership and Management Theory
  • Change Management
  • Ethical Frameworks
  • Ethics in the Public Sector


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1: Reflections on Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership 25%
Assignment 2: Change Management 25%
Assignment 3: Ethical Dilemmas in School Boards 25%
Discussion Participation 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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