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MG204: Leadership in Organisations


Course Content

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and analytical capabilities needed to practice excellent leadership within modern organisations.

The course explores the very nature of leadership. It addresses how individuals effectively build agreement to shared goals and courses of action, and also then facilitate organisational movement toward the achievement of these goals. 

In particular, the course highlights theory and research that accounts for how leaders acquire and exercise social influence in a manner that contributes to their credibility and the motivation of their followers. It also makes note of individual differences in leader behaviour and examines in what instances situations determine the salience of these differences. The emphasis of this intensive three weeks of study is on application of theory, comparing and contrasting ideas, self-reflection, and self-discovery of one’s own leadership potential and strengths.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to leadership in organisations
  • Influence and power
  • Insights into human motivation
  • Individual differences and leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Leadership communication
  • Building effective leader-member relationships
  • Shared leadership and team working
  • Leaders and social networks
  • Leading change

This course will present theory derived from multiple disciplines (communication, sociology, economics, psychology, social psychology, and organisational behaviour) in a manner that facilitates practical application in real-world groups and organisations. Throughout the course, mechanisms are identified that may contribute to or diminish a leaders' ability to achieve results that are desirable to these groups and organisations. Furthermore, important ethical discussions in the modern practice of leadership are addressed.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the multidisciplinary origins of leadership theory
  • Increase your ability to critically evaluate the relevance of differing theories depending upon the situation and to apply these theories accordingly
  • Develop the ability to analyse one’s own leadership style and to critically assess one’s own leadership effectiveness.

The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop their unique leadership abilities and better understand the leadership process of others.


There is no set text for this course. Students will be given a set of photocopied materials, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library.

*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



Sessions: Two

Dates: 11 - 29 July 2016

Lecturer: Dr Soshana 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 and one written examination

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

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