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Executive Leadership and Decision-Making

Executive decisions in the public sector often require balancing issues of ethics, law, politics, organizational dynamics, and human relations. Skill in navigating these turbulent waters comes with experience, but there is also much to learn from current management theory. This course draws on public management literature, and uses a case study approach and extensive classroom interaction to build the participants’ competency in executive leadership.

Leadership skills that will be covered include:

  • Managing and sustaining effective teams. Case: “The Chief versus the Council Member.”
  • Negotiation skills and interest-based bargaining. Case: “The Fire Files.”
  • Human motivation and best practices in management. Case: “Cartgate.”
  • Managing the organization: using the right tools. Case: “County Prison Overtime.”
  • Government effectiveness through process improvement. Case: Group project.

The course has been designed for both pre-service students working toward a Master of Public Administration degree and experienced managers honing their skills in an academic setting. 

Download the syllabus 

Dates, Times, and Location

  •  TBD

Registration Information

Currently Closed for Registration

This course is offered for three graduate credits. Register via PSU's online course registration system using. Tuition is based on current PSU tuition for a 3-credit graduate course. 

If you are not currently enrolled at PSU, or have never registered for courses at PSU, you may register as a non-degree student.

Once you have a PSU student ID, you may use the online course registration system as above.