Course Spotlight: Leading People

Course: ORBH 250, Leading People (LEAD I)

Usually taken by: Sophomores

Leading People (LEAD I) is a required management course taken by all Weatherhead School of Management students, typically in their second year. The course explores individual aptitudes and orientations as well as a student's personal management interests and career options. Students then connect their individual strengths and interests with the ways organizations work to see how successful they can be.

The course features two main projects to get students thinking about themselves and how they fit into organizations. The first project focuses on the individual and requires students to engage in self-assessments, ranging on topics from learning styles to leadership qualities. Through this assignment, students explore differences in values, career preferences and personalities.

In the second project, groups of students work together to gain real-world experience in managing and working with others in a local business or non-profit. In previous sections, students have worked with the human resources departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art, ALCOA, and numerous other local companies to complete this project. A number of guest speakers visit to add real-world insight into the topics learned in class. Students enjoy the way guest speakers bring to life the topics being learned.

What Students Say

ORBH 250 is a great opportunity to look into how effective companies manage their most valuable assets-their people. The group work that the class centers around works to not only build knowledge in the area of corporate human resources, but also build skills that lead to effective team work skills in a future professional setting.

— Greg, BS in Accounting/MAcc

ORBH 250 taught me the most about interpersonal skills and how to work with different people. I feel this is very valuable in the real world because in the real world, you can't choose your best friends to work on a work related project.

— Sophia, BS in Accounting/MAcc

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