Leadership and Organizational Health Concentration – Online MBA

The Signature MBA Concentration Powered by Patrick Lencioni.

Patrick Lencioni"Organizational health is making an organization culturally effective and eliminating politics, confusion, dysfunction and making morale and productivity a very real thing."
– Patrick Lencioni

The University of Saint Mary (USM) is offering a unique MBA concentration — Leadership and Organizational Health - based on the work of renowned author and business expert Patrick Lencioni ("The Advantage" and "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team"). Coursework is built around Lencioni's organizational health principles, giving you an advanced understanding of organizational culture and instills within you the leadership skills vital to career success. These courses include tangible tools and skills that can be applied immediately in your current job or help strengthen your resume if you are looking for a new job.

The online Leadership and Organizational Health MBA concentration features three interactive courses based on Lencioni's unique approach toward organizational health:

  1. Leadership and Organizational Health
  2. Strategic Leadership and Team Building
  3. Strategic Communication and Human Performance Support Systems

The combination of Lencioni's engaging and pragmatic style, stories and real-world examples, interactive tools and techniques, in conjunction with the University of Saint Mary "learn-by-doing approach" creates an exceptional leadership learning experience.


The University of Saint Mary MBA with a Leadership and Organizational Health Concentration is entirely online and led by a faculty of dedicated professors with decades of practical business experience. Upon graduation, you'll have a deeper understanding of the social and political factors that affect organizational environments, key business and management principles, as well as pragmatic strategies to help you implement changes to make a difference in your company's success.

Courses within the concentration include:

MGT 780 Leadership and Organizational Health | Discipline 1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits of organizational health.
  • Describe the importance of being vulnerable.
  • Identify individual and group members' strengths and weaknesses.
  • Openly engage in constructive ideological conflict.
  • Commit to group decisions.
  • Describe the importance of holding team members accountable for behaviors and actions.
  • Identify team based collective goals and results.

MGT 781 Strategic Leadership and Team Building | Discipline 2: Create Clarity

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Arrive at an organization's core purpose.
  • Make business decisions based on clearly articulated core values.
  • Develop a business definition for an organization.
  • Determine an organization's strategic anchors.
  • Define an organization's thematic goal and defining objectives to create alignment and focus.
  • Apply Discipline 1 strategies to build a cohesive and healthy team.
  • Describe the importance of the five behaviors in Discipline 1 and how they contribute to creating clarity.

MGT 782 Strategic Communication and Human Performance Support Systems | Discipline 3: Over-communicate Clarity & Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the six questions in Discipline 2 and how they relate to repeating messages and reinforcing clarity.
  • Create strategic communication plans and cascading messages.
  • Design performance support and other human systems that support organizational clarity.
  • Conduct intentional and effective meetings where all members focus on thematic goals and leave with clear and specific agreements.
  • Apply concepts from the Four Disciplines model to an authentic, real word project.
  • Analyze a real world situation and identify the barriers to organizational health.

Lencioni's model analyzes and addresses the fundamental business challenges that companies face when developing a strong corporate culture and organizational health. Upon completion of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Drive leadership within an organization
  • Build cohesive, high-performing teams
  • Increase levels of trust within a team
  • Establish accountability across an organization

Discover the Leader in You.

Call 877.307.4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information online.