Group & Organizational Dynamics for Transformational Business Leadership

Course Number: MBA 172

Program Prerequisite: MBA 100, MBA 132

Corequisite: PL05

Credits: 7 Credits

Course Description:

This course takes you into the Wright Graduate University’s unique definition of leadership, the capacity of every individual to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others. In other words, we are all leading all the time. You grow as a leader by identifying the gaps between desired outcomes and actual results. You learn and grow as you apply the Evolating process to expand your communication, leadership, supervisory, teaming, coaching, and management skills to bridge the gap and develop as an increasingly effective business professional. Learning means you discover what you know now that you did not know before. Growing means developing new or expanded thinking, feeling, and actions or applying current skills in unimagined new areas. We refer to the five hats of leadership—managing, supervising, training, coaching, and teaming. You will learn more about these five hats as you progress as a business leader, trainer, coach, and leader.

Through self-assessment, case studies, theoretical modeling, and analysis of personally-applied assignments, and observing and intervening real-time in groups to which you belong, you dive into the world of thinkers on leadership as you study yourself and others through reading and in performative learning situations.

Before reading about other views of group dynamics and leadership, you dive in as a scholar practitioner experiencing, then analyzing group dynamics—also becoming an applied social scientist. You plan and track your personal transformation in your Purposeful Leadership Planner. You learn to use historical and emerging leadership principles and technologies to deepen your understanding of the leadership resources you have at your disposal. You learn the four components of Transformational Leadership and how Transformational Leadership differs from Transactional Leadership. You deepen your understanding and application of Evolating as you further deploy your Purposeful Leadership Process (PLP) to facilitate your own Evolating and leadership effectiveness. As you explore how to be a more effective leader in every area of your life, you influence others to do the same. You also study the models, mechanisms, and dynamics of groups and identify the conscious and unconscious behaviors that influence group functioning. Most students comment after taking this course, that they could never see themselves or group dynamics the same again.

Taking this course, you join decades of leaders who have similarly begun or enhanced their personal leadership journey through this personally engaged study of applied group process. They have become international leaders of their professional associations, national leaders in governance, leading economic theorists, professors, highly successful entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

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See how Wright Graduate University helped them transform their lives.

Wright Graduate University is the most unique education I have ever experienced. In my second year of studies, I was single and living by myself; however, I barely felt lonely because I was getting so much connection, support, and nourishment from my Wright Graduate University education. Now, the person who didn’t want to be a coach, who didn’t want to be a leader, wants to be a coach and a leader who can bring what I’ve been learning to people in Japan.

Junki Aoki MA Graduate, EdD Student, Class of 2025

Wright Graduate University has enhanced my life in ways I never thought possible. The yearning-based learning methodology has allowed me to learn more about myself and how I operate in different environments. I am a mother of two young girls, I work full-time, and I am a business partner. I, regrettably, waited two years before choosing to sign up for the master’s program thinking I needed to change my circumstances to open space for education. Let me ensure you, it will not detract from but only enhance your current life.

Rosenda González Master of Arts Graduate, 2022

What I discovered at Wright Graduate University was a dimension of richness of human interaction which I had never experienced. My relationship with my clients and coworkers became enhanced by what I was learning. I could see people’s strengths and weaknesses more clearly and support them better. I had more grace for my own struggles as I learned more about what made me tick. I have never been more connected to myself and others.

Marilyn Pearson Master of Arts Graduate, 2014

My transformational leadership studies are empowering me to be a satisfied woman in business, making sure that I’m not backing down when I have a vision, an initiative, something that I feel is important that I’m going for. Because I’m looking out for each person, the whole group is successful and everyone benefits.

Jennifer Masi Master of Arts Graduate, 2018

I have been integrating my academic research and personal development directly into my role. I’ve been able to combine my leadership with my coursework by bringing personalized examples into my assignments. Between the WGU faculty and my student cohort, I’ve received critical feedback that I’ve taken directly into my company - positively impacting myself and my team in the process.

Drew Allison Current WGU MBA Student
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Accreditation: Wright Graduate University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). Wright Graduate University business programs have received specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). See complete accreditation and recognition details here.