Stew Friedman has offered two courses on Coursera. The first, Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, was a 10-week course offered in 2014 and 2015 and had over 135,000 students enrolled worldwide. His current offering, Leading The Life You Want, has been open for enrollment since April 2017 and learners from around the world are gaining practical knowledge about leadership by studying the lives and careers of six exemplary leaders, the skills they developed to achieve significant impact, and what it takes for anyone to cultivate those skills.
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Taught by acclaimed Wharton professor, best-selling author, and former Ford Motor Company executive and head of its Leadership Development Center, Leading the Life You Want provides you with the skills you need to lead in all four domains of your life: at work, at home, in the community, and in your private self (mind, body, and spirit). You'll explore the core principles of leadership and learn the skills you need to bring them to life. You learn how to find a greater sense of purpose, see how to convey values with stories, learn how to manage attention, feel less stressed, lead through serving others, and more.
You'll see these skills illustrated in the inspiring yet imperfect lives of six remarkable leaders: Tom Tierney (former CEO of Bain), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), Michelle Obama (former First Lady), Eric Greitens (Republican Governor of Missouri), Julie Foudy (world champion soccer star and three-time Olympic medalist), and Bruce Springsteen (world-famous rock musician). You'll have the opportunity to assess your own leadership skills, and learn simple, proven exercises to practice them.
By the end of this course, you'll have the tools you need to develop your skills so you can grow as a leader in all areas of your life and create greater harmony among them. Here's what learners had to say about it:
This course was thought provoking and, if you are ready to approach your life with flexibility and patience, this is insightful and inspiring material.
Excellent leadership model - best I've seen so far. Very clear explanations about what it takes to really succeed in life, and great exercises for inner exploration and increased self awareness. I highly recommend this to anyone who has any questions about the direction of their life.
Great course with some awesome tools to translate the concepts into execution. I really enjoyed the course.
Excellent course! I would highly recommend this to everyone. It really makes you reflect on who you are as a person and your impact.
As a result of participating I've changed my leadership style in order to engage others in my ventures. Previously, my leadership style, as it were, was a top-down.
The course helped me gain a better understanding of self, introduced an array of helpful techniques to engage and mentor my colleagues and greatly enhanced my communication skills.
This has been transformative.
A truly amazing course!
We all grow continuously and go through stages in our lives where we are required to reflect, re-focus and adjust our "settings". This course has not only been fantastic in that regard, but the exercises is of great assistance too. It's easy to be theoretical but the course also has the practical side to it.
Leading The Life You Want was very well designed, very easy to understand. I learned a lot and I am going to apply as many skills as I can.
This course was offered in 2014 and 2015 but is not available at this time. Stay tuned for the next offering and let us know if you're interested in learning more about it by contacting us.
For those who prefer to take courses via audio only, Stew Friedman offers Four-Way Wins on Himalaya Learning, an audio platform with an extensive library of high-value courses delivered by experts from around the world.
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After decades of research, teaching, and practice, award-winning professor and best-selling author Stew Friedman deeply understands how leadership applies to all parts of life. This audio course – supplemented by a workbook with exercises described in each of the eight chapters – is his proven method for creating sustainable change. Explore what and who matter most and then undertake real-world experiments to pursue “four-way wins” – success at work, at home, in the community, and for your private self (mind, body, spirit). Learn how to find harmony and increase your leadership impact, now and throughout your life.
To be effective as a leader at any level and in any social context, you have to know your values and strive to embody them. Join Stew Friedman in this course as you discover your values and what you can do to increase your impact in expressing them everyday and in all aspects of your life.
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What do you stand for? To be an effective leader, you must know your values and embody them. This course shows you how to discover the values that drive you and how to express them in all aspects of life – at work, at home, in the community, and for your private self. For decades, Wharton professor Stew Friedman has been teaching leaders at all levels how to increase their leadership capacity and performance by creating greater harmony in their lives. In this course, he explains how you can lead more powerfully with values by practicing a set of proven, engaging exercises.