LEAD 4901: Strategic Thinking for Leadership

This is a capstone course which brings together all of a student's leadership course work and experience to date. It fine tunes their strategic thinking skills to enable them to achieve superior results as a leader within an organization. The course focuses on both strategic leadership and strategic management, including critical thinking, through the development and assessment of a strategic plan. Students also consider their organizational context and create a personal development plan to work on throughout the course.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to use, strategic leadership and thinking in dealing with challenges in workplace settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and impact of strategic plans and their relationship to strategic thinking.
  • Create a strategic plan that demonstrates strategic thinking about the context and challenges of a specific organization.
  • Prepare, deliver and assess a strategic plan.

Course outline

LEAD 4901: Strategic Thinking for Leadership is divided into three modules. You will complete three assignments, online discussions and a strategic plan. Each of the three modules is further divided into topics as follows:

Module 1: Strategic Leadership

  • 1.1 Self-Awareness
  • 1.2 The Importance of Ethics

Module 2: Organization Culture

  • 2.1 The Influence of Leadership on Culture
  • 2.2 Impact of Vision and Mission
  • 2.3 Organizational Artefacts
  • 2.4 Understanding Organizational Change

Module 3: Strategic Management

  • 3.1 Human Resources, Time, and Financial Considerations
  • 3.2 Strategic Planning: External/Internal Variables and SWOT Analysis

Required text and materials

  1. Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning Division. CoursePack LEAD 4901: Strategic Management 16th edition - Selected Chapters. Boston MA: Pearson Collections, 2016.

This custom publication contains chapters from:

  • David, F. (2016). Strategic Management; Concepts and Cases (16th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  1. Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't. N.Y.: Harper Collins, 2001.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 90-06-662099-6/9780066620992

NOTE: Once your course begins, you will be directed by your Open Learning Faculty Member to purchase a Harvard Business Publishing Simulation, entitled "Everest: Leadership and Team Simulation" (product number: 2650) for approximately US $13. To self-register and access the simulation, you will be required to provide your name and an email address on the Harvard web-site.

Additional requirements

Computer with internet access required.


To successfully complete the course, students must achieve at least 50% on the final mandatory project and in the overall course.

Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Online Discussions 25%
Final Project * 30%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

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