Leadership & Supervision


What is LS?
LS stands for Leadership and Supervision. It’s an innovative degree program found at Indiana and other regional campuses. OLS prepares students for supervisory positions, for jobs in human resource management or human resource development, and for leadership positions at all levels within organizations. People working in a wide variety of jobs have sought the skills and knowledge taught in the LS curriculum.

How is it different from a business program?
The LS curriculum focuses on the human interactions occurring in all types of organizations, both profit and non-profit. The emphasis is on leadership, team development and facilitation, organizational behavior, and human resource management. In contrast, most business programs focus on concepts and skills related to commerce. Typically business programs feature a great deal of quantitative courses (e.g., finance, accounting, economics), whereas Leadership and Supervision’s courses tend to concentrate on understanding and leading people.

What do students learn?
People Ply students learn how to create better-functioning organizations and more satisfied and productive workforces. More specifically, they learn :-

  • Research-supported leadership principles
  • Cutting edge human resource practices
  • To understand their own behavior better
  • About teams and how they develop
  • To recognize and respect individual differences
  • To analyze group process
  • To handle conflicts as they arise in group situations
  • To use communication techniques to influence and motivate
  • To design and evaluate training programs
  • To create positive organizational climates and cultures
  • To create a workforce that is a source of competitive advantage
This is not an all-inclusive list, but it does illustrate the strong “people management” orientation of the OLS curriculum.
How do students learn?
Although LS faculty use a variety of pedagogical approaches, they lean heavily toward experiential learning methods. They employ learning projects, cases, discussions, presentations, writing assignments, and other active learning methods. The goal of all OLS professors is to maximize student learning. As such, they continually adapt and refine their teaching methods to achieve that result.

What kinds of jobs do students obtain after graduating with an LS degree?
LS graduates end up in a variety of jobs.