Course info
Oct 10, 2014
1h 52m

In this course, you will learn what leadership is and how to develop an action plan to become a better leader. We will learn from world experts on leadership and examine the examples of five current leaders.

About the author
About the author

Jason Alba is founder of, an online relationship manager for professionals to manage their career and job search. Jason is the author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? and coauthor of I’m on Facebook – Now What??? and specializes in helping professionals with career management, network, and personal branding.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction to Leadership
Hey, everybody. This is Jason Alba. Welcome to another Pluralsight course. Today we're going to talk about something a little bit different. We're going to talk about leadership. I'm really excited about this course. Let's jump right into it. The purpose of this course is to help you be able to talk about leadership and undoubtedly you're going to have opportunities in meetings and stuff like that to talk about different leadership ideas, and to leverage leadership ideas for your own career. This course is for all kinds of people. It's definitely for executives and managers. It's also for people who work with executives and managers. I know some of you work on your own as an entrepreneur. There are definitely leadership principles that apply to your business and your entrepreneurship. In short, I designed this course for you. This course has four modules. In this first module we're going to talk about introduction to leadership ideas. In the next module we're going to see what various thought leaders on leadership talk about. Then we'll talk about leadership in practice. This is almost like examining mini case studies. We're going to go into companies where leadership has made a significant impact in their company and talk about what those leaders actually did. Finally, we're going to talk about applying leadership ideas in non-leadership roles. If you just started working in the work force you're probably thinking, well, I'm not a leader in my company. I would like to argue that you can be a leader in your company, no matter what your title is. We're going to wrap everything up in the last module and talk about how you can apply some of these things in your role today.

Leadership Thought Leaders
In this module we're going to learn from thought leaders on leadership. So, what exactly is a thought leader? Online it says that a thought leader is someone "whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential. " It sounds to me like a thought leader is the same thing as a subject matter expert. I would differentiate the two by saying that a thought leader kind of sees over the horizon and they might define or redefine certain things and everybody else will say, oh, yeah, that's right, I'm going to go along with their definition or how they see things. The thought leaders that we're going to learn from in this module include Stephen Covey, Dr. Deming, Jim Collins, John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, Marshall Goldsmith, and Jack Welch. Let's get started.

Leadership Examples
In this module we're going to explore what leadership looks like. What does it look like in the real world when you're working with or under a leader? I've picked out some words that might describe what a leader is. A leader is driven. They might be a maverick. They might be known as eccentric or inspirational. Leaders are often called pioneers. A lot of times leaders are examples. You might consider some leaders to simply be lucky. You're better, smarter, faster than them. Why are they in the leadership role and you're not? It must be luck. Leaders might also be known as being radical or weak, even blind. Leadership doesn't always look pretty, does it? There are positive things like being focused and negative things like being weak or blind. What I want to do in this module is go into examples that we can find from five leaders in today's world. First we'll enter the world of Tony Hsieh who became famous for selling Zappos for almost a billion dollars. We'll talk about Mark Zuckerberg who everybody knows from the Facebook. We'll explore leadership ideas from Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos. Let's get started with Tony Hsieh.

Applying Leadership Principles When You Aren't the Leader
In this last module I want to bring everything together that we've talked about in this leadership course, and I'm going to frame it, assuming that you're not a leader. Now of course, you might be a leader. You might be the CEO or manager or entrepreneur, or whatever you are, but let's just boil down the ideas and I'm going to frame it as if you aren't a leader so we can all be at the same level. I realize that we presented a lot of information and I don't want you to feel like you have information overload at this point. If you're wondering, is this really relevant to me, I'm not even a boss yet, I'm not ure if I'll ever be a boss, I want to assure you that this information is definitely relative to you. The first thing to do if you're feeling overwhelmed is just take a pause. Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed with all this information. You're not going to be Jeff Bezos or Richard Branson or Jim Collins today, or maybe even this year, but let's figure out how we can move towards where you really want to be as a leader. One of the things I would encourage you to do is write your thoughts down. Let's go through an exercise in this module of what exactly you're going to write down. The purpose is to try and figure out what all the information is, take the most relevant information, and make sense of what applies right now and maybe even make a plan for going forward.