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Leadership and Global Challenges

Module description


This module will provide students with an opportunity to consider the nature and role of leadership in what we do and explore key challenges facing leaders in contemporary organisations. There will be a focus on the theoretical underpinnings of leadership, as well as some practical aspects of ‘doing leadership’. The international focus will be supported by drawing on the diverse experiences of the student cohort and current leadership challenges from around the world.


Additional Information:



In this module, students will gain an international perspective on leadership by considering practices in different parts of the world, including sharing their own diverse experiences.



Most of the resources are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).



This module helps students develop their critical thinking, their skills in research and arguing a case, articulating their position, and broadens their understanding of leadership.

Full module specification

Module title:Leadership and Global Challenges
Module code:BEMM071
Module level:M
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Chris Reedthomas - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the concept of leadership and explore implications of this in terms of leaders, followers and the doing of leadership. This will be considered in terms of the social process and relationships between leaders and followers, which lie at the heart of leadership, and also through the lens of ‘global challenges’. While there is no single-best way to lead or do leadership, this module aims to ‘sensitize’ students to some of the critical issues associated with contemporary leadership in organizations.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. critically engage with debates on a range of cutting-edge issues affecting global leadership practice;
  • 2. draw on the academic literature to support their thinking on these issues;
  • 3. compare and contrast the rhetoric and reality of leadership practice;
  • 4. critically reflect on the implications of these issues for how leadership is 'done' in their own culture and in others.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. relate these debates to other issues affecting international management;
  • 6. reflect on their own cultural heritage as a way of understanding leadership and management;
  • 7. develop a broadened understanding as to how leadership is implicated in the world around them.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. develop communication and debating skills in written work;
  • 9. apply a range of theoretical perspectives to areas of topical debate;
  • 10. critically reflect on their own leadership experience and practice.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity25Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity5Tutorials
Guided Independent Study120Reading, research, reflection; Preparation for lectures, tutorials and assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Formative essay plan (Group feedback and peer assessment on essay plan)N/A1-10Written and group discussion

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written Assignment 1002,000 words1-10Individual written comments and grade

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Assignment (100%)Re-Write assignment, 2,000 words (100%)1-10July/August

Syllabus plan

This plan is indicative but may vary according to availability of external lecturers and speakers

  • Introduction: What is leadership?
  • New models of Leadership 
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on leadership
  • Darkside & destructive leadership
  • Individual Difference in Self-Leadership
  • Leading Difference
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Leadership and Change
  • Leadership development
  • Third sector leadership
  • Leadership and Board Governance 


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Ancona, D, Malone, T, Orlikowski, W and Senge P (2007) In Praise of the Incomplete Leader, Harvard Business Review, Feb: 92-101. 

  • Antonakis, J. and Day, D.V. (Eds.) (2018) The nature of leadership (3rd edition), Sage, California
  • Badaracco, J. L. (2001) 'We don't need another hero', Harvard Business Review, September, pp.  120-126. 
  • Haslam, S.A. & Reicher, S. D. (2010) The new psychology of leadership: Identity, influence and power, Psychology Press, Sussex, UK. 

  • Northouse, P. G. (2019) Leadership: Theory and Practice (8th edition), Sage, London. (Sixth and seventh editions are also.  useful) 

Useful Journals: 

  • Leadership Quarterly
  • Academy of Management Learning & Education
  • Research in Organization Behaviour
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Harvard Business Review 

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Course readings and notes to be posted on ELE 

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