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Organizational Leadership minor

Organizational Leadership minor

Western Oregon University (WOU) announces a new, trans-disciplinary Organizational Leadership minor. The Organizational Leadership minor complements any major; providing students with the opportunity to enhance the “soft skills” most sought after by employers.


What are “soft skills?”

Soft skills include things like effective communicating, critical thinking, complex problem solving, ethical judgment, leadership, teamwork, and intercultural skills. Such skills are needed in every type of industry and organization; so if you wonder “will I really use this?” the answer is “yes, you will!”


Seriously. Are these skills really important?

A recent survey of 318 organizations showed that nearly all of the employers believed that certain soft skills were more critical to career success than a student’s major area of study. Additionally, Forbes magazine identified critical thinking, complex problem solving, active listening, and judgment and decision-making as the most in-demand skill-sets for the top jobs of 2013. So, yes. These skills are really important!


Most people applying for the job I want have the same major I do. How will I separate myself from the pack?

In addition to WOU’s outstanding liberal arts education, the Organizational Leadership minor will help you further stand out from other job applicants by providing real-world experiences to enhance your skills. For example, one team from the Psychology of Leadership class recently developed and implemented a video captioning system for the Office of Disability Services here at WOU. The captioning system increased the accessibility of classroom material for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at virtually no cost for the organization. Potential employers will love to hear about how you developed innovative solutions to significant problems in a team setting. That is how you separate yourself from the rest of your pack!


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