Coursera, Inc. (NYSE: COUR) today announced the launch of its new Leadership Academy to help companies develop the next generation leaders and high-performance teams amid a rapidly changing workplace, remote and back-to office transitions.
Offered as part of the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business, the academy will feature content from the world’s top universities and companies — taught by many leading instructors. Coursera’s growing portfolio of Academies includes the Data and Analytics Academy, Cloud and IT Academy, Software Engineering Academy, Marketing Academy, Finance Academy, and now Leadership Academy. The academies are powered by recent innovations such as SkillSets, which help employees develop specific skills for specific roles. The Leadership Academy features 42 SkillSets, including Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Change Management, and Organisational Development.
“Leadership skills in the UK are lagging, with only 33 percent skills proficiency according to our 2021 Global Skills Report. The UK’s 29 percent proficiency in overall business skills also ranks the lowest in Europe and #77 globally. Addressing the lack of effective leadership skills is a growing point of emphasis, as these organisations navigate disruption and new challenges caused by the pandemic,” said Anthony Tattersall, VP of EMEA at Coursera. “We’re excited to launch the Leadership Academy that provides teams across the organisation with job-based skills development paths, and equips them with the growth mindset and human skills required to thrive in the digital economy”.
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The Leadership Academy prepares employees for a range of different leadership roles by learning to:
- Lead Yourself – enable employees to develop leadership behaviours by obtaining a foundational understanding of management, change, and human skills.
- Lead Teams – develop team leadership capabilities by strengthening change, recognition, people development, and collaboration skills.
- Lead Organisations – build organisational leadership capabilities that empower leaders to grow people and profits.
- Lead Transformation – develop workforce capabilities that empower all employees to adapt, innovate, and transform the business.
The Leadership Academy features over 350 job-based content recommendations from leading university and industry partners including:
- Managing the Company of the Future by Professor Julian Birkinshaw from the University of London and London Business School
- The Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work by Dr Chris Dewberry from the University of London
- Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success by Peter Childs from Imperial College London
- Ask questions to make Data Driven Decisions from Google
Enterprise cloud data management company Informatica is among the first to embrace the Leadership Academy.
“ The notion that great leaders are born, not made, is misleading. An important part of leadership development is the realisation that there are component skills that can be learned and mastered,” said Matt Dearmon, Director of Leadership and Professional Development at Informatica. “As the world keeps changing, we need to support leaders at every level of our organisations with the types of targeted, reliable skills that form the basis of the Leadership Academy. We’re excited to leverage this Academy to help deliver skills-focused leadership training that is both scalable and personalised to the needs of the learner. We can meet them where they are and help take them where they want to be.”
Starting today, the Leadership Academy will become broadly available to all Coursera for Business customers. Coursera for Business provides more than 2,000 companies worldwide with role-based skills development, including hands-on learning, measurement, benchmarking, and analytics.
To learn more about Coursera Academies, visit: www.coursera.org/business/leadership-academy.
Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 82 million registered learners as of March 31, 2021. Coursera partners with over 200 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specialisations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More than 6,000 institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business.