MG100      Half Unit
Leadership and Communication in Teams

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Tara Reich


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and analytical capabilities needed to exercise leadership in organisations. It explores several facets of leadership and considers how leadership develops. The emphasis will be on application of theory and comparing and contrasting approaches to leadership. The group essay provides the opportunity for students to not only exercise leadership within their group but also apply the theories to a real-life leadership situation.

The course examines: power and influence; trait, behavioural and contingency theories of leadership; the dynamics between leaders and their followers; transformational and transactional forms of leadership; team leadership and co-leadership; leadership communication; leadership development.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

The Summer Term teaching will be review sessions. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Formative assessment will be a mock exam during the Lent Term.

Indicative reading

This course relies heavily on journal articles and book chapters. A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term. Students may wish to consult one of the following:

Daft, R. L. (2011). The Leadership Experience (5th ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson/South-Western.

Goffee, R., & Jones, G. (2006). Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Northouse, P. G. (2010). Leadership: Theory and Practice (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Yukl, G. (2009). Leadership in Organizations. (7th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) and other (5%) in the LT.

Assessment will be 25% group essay (2000 words), 5% Peer Evaluation of individual contribution to the group essay, and 70% Summer Term exam (2 hours). Please note that project group membership will be allocated by the course leader.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2015/16: 173

Average class size 2015/16: 16

Capped 2015/16: No

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication