Leading in Disruptive Times

  • Faculty: Lowell Aplebaum, MA, CAE
  • Microcourse
  • 3 hours/week, 4 Weeks + 2 Weeks for Final Creative Assignment
  • Content Category: Knowledge

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Microcourse Description:

In a world where exponential and rapid change is everyday news, there is a growing need for a new generation of leaders. Those who want to lead in our more closely-connected world must have a deep understanding of their own strengths, traits, and philosophy (a leader’s authenticity is easily fact-checked online). They must develop themselves into master listeners, able not just to hear their followers, but listen to them in a way that creates buy-in and personal investment while still being able to make decisions and move forward. They must seek partnerships, know how to co-create, and not fear competition. This microcourse will teach you the major components of leadership needed in the world today, guiding you in determining your own leadership journey.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this microcourse you should be able to:

  • identify many of the leadership competencies needed for an age of global connection and disruption;
  • learn the basis of leadership through empathy, creating in followers a strong desire to be led;
  • assess your own strengths and create a map of the leadership expertise you wish to develop; and,
  • create your own scenario in which you seek to become a stronger leader; assess the needs of a leader in that scenario; outline where your current strengths and gaps are in taking on a greater leadership role; and commit to the first steps of deeper learning, experience, and involvement.


Lowell Aplebaum, MA, CAE is the CEO and Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova – a company that partners with organizations on strategic visioning and planning, creating stronger governance models, and reimagining value and engagement.  Lowell frequently provides dynamic sessions to organizations – facilitating leadership development and getting stakeholders involved through experiential learning approaches. He currently serves as the Chair for the overseeing commission for the Certified Association Executive certification, and Chaired ASAE’s Task Force on CEO Pathways.  His work on global efforts for non-profits has included experience across five continents, hundreds of volunteer groups, and all 50 states in the U.S.

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Microcourse Contact Information:

Microcourses are not led by faculty. With the exception of “lite” versions, microcourses are led by a Course Facilitator (CF) who is available to answer questions, offer additional assistance and assess your final creative assignments for academic credit. For questions, you may contact our Director of Course Facilitation at facilitator @ (Sorry! Direct email link not provided due to spam bots.)