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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 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.

Topics covered in the course:

  • Introduction: Leadership in Organisations
  • Influence & Power
  • Insights into Human Motivation
  • Great Men: Individual Differences & Leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Building Effective Leader-Member Relationships
  • Shared Leadership & Team Working
  • Leaders & Social Networks
  • Leading Change

​Course outcomes:

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

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.



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 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, one written examination, participation in classroom-based discussions and exercises.

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US)
7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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