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LUBS3955 Leadership in Organisations

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dennis Macdonald
Email: D.W.Macdonald@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Leadership is seen paradoxically as both the cause and the panacea for a plethora of organisational conditions and interest in the concept continues to grow. This module will introduce you to the key issues and concepts of leadership in organizations. It will examine leadership from multiple disciplinary perspectives (including anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy) through exploration of more traditional as well as critical and contemporary approaches. Central themes include organizational and individual leadership; the transition in thinking on leadership; new paradigm models of transformational leadership; charisma; team leadership; culture; ethics and leadership development. The module will include lectures, seminars and case study discussions with the aim of drawing from both personal experiences and group-based activity.

Objectives

On completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate familiarity with the concept of leadership;
2. show awareness of the theoretical approaches to studying leadership and critique their applicability to practice;
3. understand the nature of leader-led interactions and influence processes;
4. exhibit knowledge and understanding of group dynamics;
5. explore contextual factors that influence the study and practice of leadership;
6. display an awareness of leadership skills and competencies and increase awareness of personal approaches, styles, strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the leadership process; use appropriate strategies for self-awareness and analysis and have an awareness of transferable skills sought by graduate employers.

Learning outcomes
Leadership is seen paradoxically as both the cause and the panacea for a plethora of organisational conditions and interest in the concept continues to grow. This module introduces students to the key issues and concepts of leadership in organizations. It examines leadership in an international context, from multiple disciplinary perspectives through exploration of more traditional as well as critical and contemporary theoretical approaches. It aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of analysing the many aspects and elements of leadership and ways in which new insights can be applied to their practice in organisational contexts. Central to this approach will be an appreciation of how ethical decisions shape leadership practice.

Skills outcomes
Having successfully completed the module students will be able to:
1. Assess the relevance of leadership theory and its application to practice in a variety of different contexts;
2. Develop a clearer understanding of personal as well as broader managerial leadership behaviours.


Syllabus

An Introduction to organizational and individual leadership
The transition in thinking on leadership;
New paradigm models of transformational leadership and charisma; Team leadership and relational approaches;
Leadership and culture;
Leadership ethics and sustainability;
Developing leaders;
Current and critical issues which may include: gender and diversity; authenticity and toxicity; language and identity; arts and aesthetics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to take responsibility for their own independent learning and progress. This means a commitment to undertaking reading and preparation particularly before both lecture and seminar sessions and participating actively in classroom debate (16 X 2 hours preparation [32]).

Preparation for assessment (52 hours) split across the core components of the areas of study.

All teaching and learning will be supported by information supplied on the VLE.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via formative verbal feedback on class-based discussion and (none-accredited) student-led presentations in seminars. Attendance will be expected at every lecture and seminar/workshop session, and non-attendance without good reason will be followed up. Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive seminar sessions.
The student-led presentations will enable the assessment of students' depth of understanding of the ability to apply the theories studied to their practice in organisational contexts (learning outcomes 1, 2, 6).

Methods of assessment


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53

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