MG4D5      Half Unit
Leadership in Organisations: Theory and Practice (formerly ID420)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Connson Locke NAB4.16


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPhil/PhD in Management, MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour), MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

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, comparing and contrasting ideas approaches to leadership, and self-reflection.

The course examines topics such as: leadership and management; trait, behavioural and contingency theories of leadership; individual differences in leadership; leadership development; transformational and transactional forms of leadership; and issues of gender and culture.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Each two-hour session will include a combination of lecture and seminar work. Students are expected to prepare for, and contribute to each session.  Seminar work will include case analyses, and small group discussions.  Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy


Formative coursework

Students will complete a formative assessment based on previous exam questions. The details will be discussed in week 1. The assignment deadline will be in week 6.

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term. There is no required text. Indicative readings include:

Antonakis, J., Cianciolo, A.T., & Sternberg, R.J. (2004) Leadership: Past, Present and Future (Chapter 1). In Antonakis, J., Cianciolo, A.T. & Sternberg, R.J. (Eds.) The Nature of Leadership, pp. 3-15. London: Sage Publications. George, J. M. (2000). Emotions and Leadership: The role of emotional intelligence. Human Relations, Vol. 53 (8), 1027-1055. Heifetz, R.A. & Laurie, D.L. (2001) The work of leadership. Harvard Business Review, 79(11), 131-141. Judge, T., Bono, J., Ilies, R., & Gerhardt, M. (2002). Personality and leadership: A qualitative and quantitative review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87(4), 765-780.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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