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MG204: Leadership in Organisations


Course Content

As our world becomes more complex, global and interconnected, the demands on you as a leader, manager and employee become increasingly challenging. So, how can you become the best possible leader? Success depends on your ability to engage and interact with others and work together toward a common goal.

This highly participatory and interactive course seeks to build knowledge and skills that can enable and inspire you to most effectively lead and participate in organizational life. In this intensive three weeks of study, we will address these goals by learning about the psychological and sociological foundations of human behavior and building effective individual and managerial skills that can develop you as a leader.

The course aims to inspire you to become a thoughtful, reflective leader and to develop an informed, systematic, and dynamic approach to leading in organizations. Through the use of case studies and class activities, you will develop your practical skills by applying learned theories to real-world organizational problems. Self-discovery exercises will be used to assist you with gaining a sense of your own leadership strengths and potential.

Topics covered include:

Leading Individuals:

  • Motivating People in Organizations
  • Personality
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Performance Management

 Leading Teams:

  • Negotiations
  • Teamwork
  • Team Decision-Making

Leading Organizations:

  • Leaders, Organizations, and Learning
  • Leadership, Culture, and Transition
  • Self-Managing (Leaderless?!) Organizations

Leading Yourself:

  • Your Power and Influence: Managing Upwards
  • Your Career and Your Orientation toward Work
  • Building and Leveraging Social Capital
  • Mentorship and Developmental Networks

Course Outcomes

The aim of this course is to enable you to become the best possible leader by:

  1. Understanding and applying theories related to leadership
  2. Expanding your skills to diagnose complex organizational problems and make decisions in the face of limited information and multiple stakeholders
  3. Developing knowledge and skills to manage your career more effectively, and to lead yourself and others


World-class LSE teaching

The Department of Management was established in 2000, and is committed to advancing the frontiers of the study of management, through its social-science based research, collaboration across the entire LSE, and its engagement with enterprises, organisations, and leaders throughout the world. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has ranked LSE as the UK higher education leader for Business and Management Studies.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE.

The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop their unique leadership abilities and better understand the leadership process of others. This is not a “traditional”
lecture-style course; rather, it is based on case studies and in-class exercises, and students are expected to participate and interact regularly.


There is no set text for this course. Students will be given electronic access to cases/texts/articles.

 *A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: Two

Dates: 10 - 28 July 2017

Lecturer: Dr Shoshana Dobrow Riza

Level: 200 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: A university level introductory course in psychology, sociology, political science, management, or economics.

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Group case study, one written examination, participation in classroom-based discussions and exercises.

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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