MG4D5      Half Unit
Leadership in Organisations: Theory and Practice

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Connson Locke, MAR 4.14


This course is available on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources), MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour), MSc in Management (1 Year Programme), MSc in Marketing and MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Priority will be given to Department of Management students. Students who are unable to get a spot on this course are welcome to audit lectures though priority for space will go to registered students.

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 and comparing and contrasting different approaches to leadership.

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.


25 hours of seminars in the WT.

Each 2.5 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 have the opportunity to write a formative case analysis essay during WT and receive feedback. Students will also complete in-class case discussions to prepare them for the case analysis essay.

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).

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.


Case analysis (100%) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2022/23: 139

Average class size 2022/23: 49

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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