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MG204: Leadership in Organisations

Business and Management 
Course Content

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and analytical capabilities needed to practice leadership in modern organisations. It explores the nature of leadership in terms of how individuals effectively build agreement to shared goals and courses of action and facilitate organisational movement toward the achievement of these goals. In particular, we highlight 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. We make note of individual differences in leader behaviour and examine in what instances situations determine the salience of these differences. The emphasis of the course will be on application of theory, comparing and contrasting ideas, self-reflection, and self-discovery of one’s own leadership potential and strengths.

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

Specific topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to leadership in organisations 
  • Influence & Power
  • Insights into Human Motivation
  • Individual Differences and Leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Building Effective Leader-Member Relationships
  • Shared Leadership & Team Working
  • Leaders & Social Networks
  • Leading Change

These topics interconnect to explain the process of leadership in differing types of groups and organisations. Their discussion provides students with the theory and research driven knowledge that is necessary to engage in effective leadership in diverse and/or international environments. 

Through the use of case studies and class activities, students will develop their practical skills by applying learned theories to real world organisational problems. Self-discovery exercises will be used to assist students with gaining a sense of their own leadership strengths and potential.

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



Dates:  To be confirmed

Lecturer: Dr Emma Soane
Dr Cécile Emery

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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