Change Management for Leaders

In the 21st century, organizations that stagnate cannot stay competitive in the global marketplace. In order for these organizations to succeed, leaders must embody complex skillsets that enable them to drive and manage constant change. Whether changes are monumental or subtle, leaders must find a way to understand complex organizational needs in context, drive changes that appropriately balance vision and feasibility, and engage stakeholders to make these changes successful.

This course tackles some of the most common challenges faced by leaders in creating strong, vibrant and evolving organizations, including how to:

  • Motivate and engage others
  • Make decisions (with or without others)
  • See the need and shape a vision for change
  • Successfully carry out the change, and
  • Learn continuously along the journey

This course also explores how organizational structure and culture shape organizational life and how they function as levers to build more resilient organizations that can thrive in complexity.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - TBA $1655.00 12 -

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of change management and identify opportunities to create organizational coherence in the midst of change
  • Apply effective strategies to create organizational value through change
  • Explore ways that an organization can prime itself for change processes, including empowering change ambassadors and engaging change obstructors
  • Recognize and name resistance as it emerges in the context of change management and build clear strategies for working with the conservative impulse
  • Choose appropriate channels for downloading information, consulting with relevant parties, and getting input
  • Examine the decision-making mechanisms and need for involvement in decision-making at play in the organization, and adjust as needed
  • Draw on models and tools taught in the course to construct appropriate vision or visioning process in an organizational context
  • Define organizational culture and demonstrate how it can help or hinder change
  • Understand how built-in cognitive biases can either help or hinder the successful design and roll-out of your change strategy  
  • Learn cutting-edge "nudge" methodologies to drive behaviour change more effectively
  • Learn tools to constructively implement both rapid and more extensive change processes
  • Adapt the concept of evaluation to developmental evaluation to better address how one learns and adjusts along the way in times of change

How will I learn?

  • Advance readings
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Group discussion
  • Assignment

Who should take this course?

We've designed this course for professionals preparing for a senior leadership position or executive leaders who want to increase their effectiveness at work, advance their careers and strengthen their organizations. 

How will I be evaluated?

You will be evaluated based on your class participation and assignment work. 

Textbooks and learning materials

There are no required textbooks for this course. 

Technical information

In online offerings, you will access courses through Canvas, our online learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. 

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of the course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

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