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In today’s complex business world, a leader can be a manager, but not all managers are leaders. True leadership requires vision, strategy, and empathy. An organizational leadership bachelor’s degree program will help you define your leadership style.
National University’s Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is designed to equip you with the tools to become a change agent and transformational leader. Our curriculum is a future-focused examination of team building, organizational change, conflict management, and diversity in a multicultural society. The program culminates in a unique capstone designed to transform your leadership philosophy to guide your decision-making – now and into the future.
Upon completion of your studies, you’ll emerge with the knowledge and confidence to build and lead teams for companies across industries. NU’s BS in Organizational Leadership offers an accelerated format that empowers you to finish the entire program in less than four years.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of National University’s BS in Organizational Leadership, you’ll be able to:
- Develop a personal leadership approach
- Identify challenges and advantages of diverse groups in organizations within a global environment
- Analyze negotiating styles of leaders, and compare and contrast the concepts of leadership and power
- Examine the strategies leaders use to motivate and evaluate members of groups and teams
- Evaluate the ethical implications of leadership decisions and strategies
- Explain how the classic studies have informed the understanding and application of leadership and organizational theory
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s top executives must be able to shape and direct an organization by coordinating policies, people, and resources.* This requires sharply honed, market-relevant skills in communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time management, and leadership.
Those who develop the tools to become change agents within their organizations can create opportunities for advancement and qualify for some of the highest salaries in the United States. For example, according to the BLS, the median annual wage for chief executives was $179,520 in May 2021.**
NU’s bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership offers you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to be an effective leader in team and group settings within organizations. It is intended to help students understand the importance of moving from an authoritarian paradigm to one of collaboration and integration to be successful in today’s complex business environments.
A career-focused BS in Organizational Leadership can help you develop skills that are in high demand in today’s business world. Companies of all types and sizes are focusing on recruiting ambitious, transformational leaders who possess the knowledge and skills to become agents of change. Some of the top job titles* posted in this area include:
- Human resources business partner
- Human resources manager
- Organizational change manager
- Director of human resources
- Project manager
- Program manager
- Director of Diversity and Inclusion
- Executive Director
- Operations manager
- Change management consultant
- Change management manager
- Human resources specialist
Top employers of professionals with key skills in organizational leadership span a range of industries, including finance, consulting services, health insurance, technology firms, pharmaceutical, and insurance industries. Some of these include:
- Wells Fargo
- Humana (health insurance)
- Anthem (health insurance)
- Presbyterian Healthcare Services
- Pfizer (Pharma)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific (pharma/biotech)
- UnitedHealth Group (health insurance)
**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: July 25, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
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BS in Organizational Leadership Program FAQs
Think of a BS in organizational leadership as a management degree that takes a deep dive into the theory and analysis of complex business problems. Through our experiential and problem-based learning opportunities, you’ll acquire valuable real-world insight into today’s leadership challenges while also gaining the foundational knowledge and practical skills required to gain a competitive edge in your chosen field.
A leader can be a manager, but not all managers are leaders. Organizational leaders focus on the company AND its individuals. They’re business-savvy, innovative, and strong communicators with essential “soft” skills such as vision, emotional intelligence, and ethics.
Companies of all types and sizes are dealing with complex business, cultural, and communication issues, and the demand for professionals with organizational leadership skills is growing. You might be surprised to discover there are anywhere from six to 13 types of leaders. An organizational leadership degree can help you find your style and hone your skills to become an in-demand professional in this growing field.
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