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Successful leadership

This module prepares students for strategic leadership and transformational roles in organisations.

The role of a manager requires organising, controlling, planning and motivating others to perform the work of the organisation.

The module contributes to the programme as it examines a variety of literature (including: articles, cases, novels, illustrations, and discussion) to develop student appreciation of the breadth of leadership.

In preparing students for strategic leadership, this module helps students identify and analyse their personal leadership styles and critically evaluate these, and is designed to help students develop and hone their personal leadership philosophies.

This module explores leadership as a relational and global phenomenon and describes, contrasts, and explains a variety of leadership theories.

The module also explores the relevance and significance of current ideas concerning leadership and how they fit with organisations alongside contemporary expectations of people in organisations. Theoretical approaches will be supplemented by empirical evidence on leadership, leadership in practice and the links between these and organisational performance.

The module will also explore applications in real-world contexts based on case studies.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Environments
  • Developing Networks
  • Developing Leaders
  • Diversity and Leadership: Cross-Cultural Challenges
  • Communication and Leadership Failures
  • Leaders Taking Charge
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Leadership & Change.

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Describe and assess key theories of leadership
  • Articulate how leadership theories and practices play out in organisations
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to leadership in a variety of organizational settings
  • Assess and manage resolution of problems arising from different leadership styles in particular organisational contexts
  • Discuss how organisations are transformed through strategic leadership
  • Assess, with justification, own leadership style and critically analyze the challenges that own leadership style presents in their organizational setting
  • Reflect on leadership style in own practice, with justification of his/her reflective process.
  • Autonomy in study and use of resources for learning, including making professional use of others (students and tutors) in support of self-directed learning
  • Time management skills (including writing in a time constrained setting)
  • Critical and analytical skills with regard to the idea and application of concepts concerning leadership challenges
  • Effective communication (in a variety of styles/formats, including professional presentation of research as well as self-reflection)
  • Information and digital literacy skills
  • Critical self-reflection of own leadership style and approach
  • Research skills in the area of leadership.

Assessment

This module is assessed by:

Coursework (30% weighting):

  • There is one item of coursework for this module which contributes to the final assessment mark for this module:
  • Coursework: a written essay of a maximum of 2,000 or 2,500 words (deadline – weeks 9-12) The coursework is designed to check student progress, extend and reinforce concepts covered and also test individual performance.

Portfolio (70% weighting):

  • The leadership portfolio is the final piece of assessment to submit:
  • The typical portfolio is around 6,000 words in length and consists of a series of online exercises to complete.

Essential reading

The following is provided as part of the course materials after you register:

  • Nahavandi, A. The art and science of leadership. (Harlow: Pearson, 2014) 7th edition. Chapter 10 Developing leaders.
  • Yukl, G. Leadership in organizations. (Harlow: Pearson, 2013) 8th edition. Chapter 15 Leadership development.

Module author

Professor Martha-Marie Kleinhans, module leader

Professor Martha-Marie Kleinhans

BCL (McGill), LLB (McGill), PhD (London)

Martha-Marie is an accomplished senior academic leader and manager with a demonstrated record of delivering positive results in the global arena of business and higher education for more than 30 years. Her work on the international stage has given her keen insight into the challenges, opportunities and trends in business and higher education across North America, EMEA and, most recently, APAC.

Martha-Marie has led many projects in internationalisation and teaching/learning across higher education for world Top 100 universities and governments. Her work has been acclaimed by many awards, and she has twice been shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious “Oxford Law Teacher of the Year”.