Discover how fatal leadership errors begin. Review cases of real leaders in business, education, and government who experienced initial success but ultimately failed because of their own actions. Find out the leading fatal leadership errors, inappropriate dispositions and attitudes, and lack of knowledge and skills. You will take away several practical recommendations to help you minimize these errors and help you perform your leadership role to an optimal level of efficiency.


One month course, Henry Findlay instructor

Unit 1
Elements of Evidenced-based Leadership
  • The Call to leadership
  • The CIIPT leadership model for organizational effectiveness
  • The relationships among governance, leadership, and administration
  • Developing a philosophy, inspiring values, and vision of leadership
  • The ethical leadership test to determine worth of a decision
Unit 2
Starting Points for Fatal Leadership
  • Fatal leadership defined
  • The premise of fatal leadership
  • Fatal leadership self-assessment profile 
  • The 13 signs that you may be on the pathway to fatal leadership
Unit 3
Actual Cases of Leaders who Succumbed to Fatal Leadership
  • The phases of fatal leadership
  • The Case of the Clandestine Leader
  • The Case of the  Complacent/Arrogant Leader
  • The Case of the  Mistrusting Leader
  • The Case of the Demanding Controlling Leader
  • The Case of the Threatened Leader
  • The Case of the “Image Protecting” and Social Applause  Leader
Unit 4
Practical Strategies to Minimize Fatal Leadership
  • Understanding the half-life of leadership
  • How to share the vision, build trust, and inspire commitment
  • How to appoint a competent team to the inner circle
  • How to hire people at or above the competency line
  • How to engage in self-development
  • How to practice emotional intelligence in dealing with people
  • How to create a culture of integrity and ethical leadership
Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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February 3 - 28, 2020
April 6 - May 1, 2020

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$495.00 USD
$245 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Henry J. Findlay has spent almost 30 years conducting research on leadership. He has conducted executive leadership training and done training in strategic planning, evaluation, and assessment at the local, state, national and international levels, including countries in Eastern and Central Europe and in the African countries of Tanzania and Senegal.  He currently serves on several boards including The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement; immediate past president for the HBCU Faculty Development Network, chairman of Leadership Macon County.  He also has taught leadership at the graduate level, and has a doctorate from Auburn University in adult education with an emphasis on leadership and planning.
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • To outline an evidenced-based leadership model (CIIPT) that leaders use to successfully advance organizational effectiveness
  • To become aware of several starting points that contribute to fatal leadership and how to avoid them
  • To review actual cases of leaders in business, education, and government who succumbed to fatal leadership errors resulting in their termination.
  • To provide  practical strategies on how to operate at or above the leadership efficiency line and minimize errors in leading an organization

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will:
  • Possess knowledge of  the elements that are included in an evidenced-based leadership  model
  • Understand the relationship between governance, leadership and administration in order to minimize leadership errors
  • Be knowledgeable of factors that contribute to fatal leadership
  • Recognize the damaging effects of certain negative behaviors on the victims, the perpetrator, and the organization
  • Get practical strategies on how to minimize fatal leadership errors
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