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Many Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management graduates will, over the course of their careers, move into leadership roles in business enterprises. This course introduces students, as emerging Supply Chain Management (SCM) professionals, to the role of a leader in a business whether that is as a formal front-line supervisor or manager, or as an informal leader of a work team. As a professional working in the field of supply chain management, graduates must have the ability to work within, develop and lead their own teams in a professional manner. Students will explore how a leader's interactions with front-line employees have a direct impact on organizational effectiveness. Legislation and professional standards that impact decision-making for business leaders will be explored. Through self-assessments, discussions, case studies, and independent activities, Students will explore and develop their own leadership philosophy. Students will then apply their leadership philosophy to address complex business problems and draw on their ability to act with honesty, integrity, and credibility while coping with ambiguous and incomplete information. SCM professionals must be able to clearly communicate complex matters to internal and external audiences while adhering to the rules of professional conduct and demonstrate ethical behaviour. Students will develop their communication skills as part of this course to effectively communicate information. Lastly, SCM professionals must learn how to transform themselves to define the future growth of their organizations. Opportunities to support strategies for managing one's own career path as a business leader will be explored, including the role of mentors, continuing education, professional networking, and professional accreditations.
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