Leadership in Organizations Course

Examines leadership on both a knowledge and skill basis. Leadership from a business perspective on three levels: individual, team, and organization.

Video Transcript

Hello. I’m Professor Don Cardarelli. I’m a professor of practice here at the Whitman school at Syracuse University. And, really, I couldn’t be more pleased that you’ve joined me in our course related to leadership and organizations. It’s really a topic that I love, and I love teaching it. My background is varied. I’m a professor of practice, which means that I’ve come out of industry. I’ve been on the faculty at Syracuse University for 10 years. Before that, I had a 25-year career, starting in public accounting, consulting, and then in various industries in various roles. My background really lent itself to assignments in turnaround situations. It was random, and in the beginning I found myself with those assignments, but over time, I guess I became an expert in those situations. So through public accounting, consulting, and then my roles in corporations thereafter, I was mainly dealing with stressed organizations—organizations that were in some type of turmoil or trouble. In dealing with those situations, I found myself in the beginning applying my financial skills and doing an analysis, doing a diagnosis, training the organization on that basis, and really looking at what are the financial and operational fixes that are going to help these organizations going forward.

Through the years—and it took me a while to catch on to this—I really found a pattern that most of these organizations all had something in common. They had ineffective leadership, they had a vacuum in strategy, or they had ethics issues. Often, they had all three. And the leadership and ethics part of that triangle of trouble really became a new focus for me in my later career. And I found that the organization, the leaders, the team members, and the way those organizations were put together were really at the heart of the problem. And when I was dealing with the financial and operational issues, I was only dealing with the symptoms. So the heart of the problem in most organizations—and hopefully in organizations that have run well, which would be the heart of the strength—is the leadership. So, I think that this is really the core issue as it relates to managing in organizations today: having a fundamental understanding of what good leadership is and how sound ethics is integrated into good leadership. My hope for you in this course is certainly that you get that fundamental understanding, but more so, I really hope that you can take away some basic values, strategies, styles, things that are going to enhance your own leadership journey as you go forward. So again, I really look forward to sharing this information with you. And again, thanks for being part of the class.