Principles of Leadership Micro-Course

Course timeline: February 2023 - May 2023

Spring Semester (2023) Enrollment Form



This micro-course sees participants learning about leadership's theoretical and ethical foundations. Through this course, participants will better understand emotional intelligence and leadership, how to build authentic relationships with followers, servant leadership, and inclusive leadership. Participants will be provided with free digital access to the course materials. Enrolled participants will be required to dedicate 4-6 hours total to complete the course. Coursework will include watching videos, reading the course materials, learning about leadership from university leaders, engaging in video-based discussion boards, and completing learning quizzes. This self-paced course will be opened and closed depending on the designated course timeline. Individuals who complete this free course will receive a digital certificate, online micro-credential, and digital badge to display on their LinkedIn profile.

Course Instructor:

  • Gregory A. Brightbill, EdD (graduand), MBA, MEd. Associate Director of Student Leadership & Involvement, Intercultural Leadership & Engagement

Guest Instructors:

  • Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS. President, University of Maryland, Baltimore

  • Patty Alvarez, PhD. Chief Student Affairs Officer and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

  • Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA. Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President

  • Bill Joyner, JD, MSW. Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement Partnerships

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the prominent leadership theories such as servant leadership and transformational leadership
  • Be able to describe the key characteristics of integrity as a leader and the ethical considerations of leadership
  • Have knowledge related to leadership's role in organizational change
  • Have the ability to explain servant leadership and the role a leader plays in serving others