Leadership in Organisations

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG204
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

As our world becomes more complex, global and interconnected, the demands on you as a leader, manager and employee become increasingly challenging. So, how can you become the best possible leader? Success depends on your ability to engage and interact with others and work together toward a common goal.

This course seeks to build knowledge and skills that can enable and inspire you to most effectively lead and participate in organizational life. In this intensive three weeks of study, we will address these goals by learning about the psychological and sociological foundations of human behavior and building effective individual and managerial skills that can develop you as a leader.

The course aims to inspire you to become a thoughtful, reflective leader and to develop an informed, systematic, and dynamic approach to leading in organizations. Through the use of case studies and class activities, you will develop your practical skills by applying learned theories to real-world organizational problems. Self-discovery exercises will be used to assist you with gaining a sense of your own leadership strengths and potential.

Importantly, the course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop their unique leadership abilities and better understand the leadership process of others in a highly participatory and interactive course. The lectures involve a great deal of student participation; they are not a “traditional” format in which the professor speaks the whole time

Session: Two
Dates: 12 – 30 July 2021
Lecturer: Dr Niranjan Janardhanan


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

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)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


 A university level introductory course in psychology, sociology, political science, management, or economics.

Programme structure

  • The Micro Paradigm: Individual(s)
    • Personality
    • Motivating people in organisations
    • Behaviours and styles
    • Identity
    • Gender
  • The Meso Paradigm: Teams and organisations
    • Teams: Decision-making
    • Teams: Climate
    • Power and politics
    • Organisational culture
  • The Bigger Picture: On the periphery
    • Upper echelons
    • Social impact
    • Self-managing organisations

Course outcomes

The aim of this course is to enable you to become the best possible leader by:

  • Understanding and especially applying theories related to leadership
  • Expanding your skills to diagnose complex organizational problems and make decisions in the face of limited information and multiple stakeholders
  • Developing knowledge and skills to manage your career more effectively, and to lead yourself and others


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

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

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