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What Is an Organizational Leadership Degree?

When taking the next big step in a business career, a master’s degree offers significant advantages, from higher salary ranges to more promotion opportunities. What you choose to study can set you on a solid path toward a range of professional options.

An organizational leadership master’s degree (MSOL) program focuses on skills like coaching, leadership and organizational strategy. Those in an MSOL program also study effective collaboration, which puts them in a position to take on roles like project team leader, management consultant and training director.

What does an organizational leadership degree offer a candidate that you can carry into any position? Here’s a look.

Interpersonal abilities and communication skills

Persuasive communication techniques and strategies are often what separate a good leader from a great one. An organizational leadership graduate program can teach you how to effectively manage conflict, gain commitment from members of a team and overcome resistance. These skills are highly valuable in any team, especially in today’s distributed workforces where teams may be made up of individuals across the world.

Analysis and strategic planning

Without adequate metrics, a leader may have difficulty gauging performance improvement or implementing process changes. That’s why analysis and strategic planning are a vital part of a leadership degree program, giving you the skills in essential tools and technologies that can help drive metrics-based leadership decisions.

Individual and team leadership

Communicating with teams is crucial, but being able to turn that communication into true collaboration is nearly an art. Companies compete fiercely over professionals who can show leadership ability within a team environment and inspire others to do their best work. With a graduate degree in organizational leadership, you’ll learn the strategies that go into effective leadership efforts.

Global and cultural understanding

Another important skill learned by students who study organizational leadership is the ability to coordinate and sustain cooperative activities across all types of boundaries, from geographic to generational. There are important nuances that make cultural understanding challenging, but in a program in organizational leadership, you’ll learn the practical realities of handling differences and reducing conflict.

Ethical leadership

Seeing an organization from a holistic viewpoint that encompasses ethical leadership bolsters performance at the individual, group and organizational levels. Besides feeling good personally about doing the right thing, principled business conduct can lead to greater profits.i

Your Future in Organizational Leadership

Manhattan College’s Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership program gives you the leadership roadmap you need. The curriculum is based on experiential learning and created by practitioners in the field, so you can transfer knowledge to real-life career settings.

To learn about Manhattan College’s Online Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, request information or call (855) 841-2843 to speak with Admissions.


iParrish, S. “The potential profit in running an ethical business.” Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveparrish/2016/02/04/the-profit-potential-in-running-an-ethical-business/#c8097ff62c94 (accessed October 12, 2016).