Leadership and Teams

Module description



In this module we will explore how leaders manage teams and how teams shape the requirements for effective leadership. In lectures we will review theories and models of group dynamics, communication, motivation, power, etc. and consider their implications for leadership in a team environment. In tutorials participants will have the opportunity to work together in teams on a film making assignment. During the module there will be a range of guest speakers to share their experiences and perspectives on leadership and teams.

Additional Information: Internationalisation

This is a diverse module with a specific session explicitly considering cross-cultural dimensions of leadership and leading

across boundaries.



Some of the lecture materials cover sustainability issues and students have the opportunity to explore these further in their group work.

All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).


External Engagement

Previous guest speakers have included PhD students conducting research in areas such as military leadership in Afghanistan and power and ethics in organisations, like the NHS. Professional speakers have included the Director of Extraordinary Leadership and the Co-Founder of the Heart of Borneo Project.



Students develop a number of transferable skills including critical and reflective thinking, independent research, and film- making and presenting, as well as getting insight into leading teams, group dynamics, followership and team-building skills.

Full module specification

Module title:Leadership and Teams
Module code:CLS1001
Module level:1
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • James Stewart - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

This module aims to provide practical and conceptual insights into the nature of leadership in teams, groups and organisations. The module is structured around the investigation of a number of interrelated topics including: group dynamics, communication, negotiation, motivation and performance. In relation to each of these topics, this module aims to combine experiential and practical learning with more propositional learning (in the form of relevant theories, models and ideas) as expected from a Level 1 Module. Consequently, this module will enable students to make links between the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, and individual and group behaviour in teams.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of leadership and teamwork
  • 2. show awareness of practical ways to enhance personal and team communication, negotiation, motivation and performance
  • 3. indicate an appreciation of the theoretical and practical implications for leadership in team environments

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. show an ability to develop arguments which demonstrate the use of data to support points made
  • 5. illustrate arguments using reflections upon own experience and drawing from own reading of assigned texts
  • 6. recognise where learning originates and translate new knowledge into suggestions for practice

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. be able to communicate ideas effectively by written, oral and visual means by effectively creating a short film, accompanying report and essay
  • 8. with some guidance, study autonomously and plan own workload
  • 9. with some guidance, select and properly manage information drawn from books, journals, and the internet

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
Contact hours22Lectures

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

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
Individual essay702500 words1-9Written mark and feedback from tutor
Group assignment comprising a short film and summary report (5-6 students per group)305 minute film and 750 word summary reportreport1-9Oral feedback from tutor and class, with associated mark

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual essayIndividual essay (70%)1-9Within 6 weeks of notification of reassessment
Group report and filmIndividual report (30%)1-9Within 6 weeks of notification of reassessment

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module.  Where students are unable to complete, or fail, the group task then they will be required to an individual report (2000 words).  Where they fail the individual essay they are required to resubmit another individual essay (2500 words).

Syllabus plan


The module comprises a series of 11 weekly lectures, each focussing on a different issue/theme on leadership and teams. An indicative outline of sessions is given below.


  • • Introduction to leadership and teams
  • • Team roles and interpersonal communication
  • • Leader-follower relations and group dynamics
  • • Motivation and performance in teams
  • • Negotiation and conflict
  • • Power and politics in groups and organisations
  • • Creativity and problem solving
  • • Self-directed teams and distributed leadership
  • • Culture and diversity in teams
  • • Leading across boundaries
  • • Group presentations and module summary/review




Tutorials will be based around a group task of producing (recording and editing) a short film and accompanying report. There will be three tutorials during the term. At the first tutorial students will be allocated into groups and allocated their task; in the second they will review progress; and in the third they will view and comment on films from their tutorial group. Students are expected to self-organise between tutorials in order to complete the team task.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:
Core Text:
Buchannan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2007) Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text, 6th Edition.
Harlow: Pearson Education.

Supplementary texts:
Achua, C.F. and Lussier, R.N. (2007) Effective Leadership: International Edition, 4th edition, Cengage, UK.
Haslam, S.A. (2004) Psychology in Organizations: The Social Identity Approach, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.
Northouse, P.G. (2009) Introduction to Leadership. London: Sage.
Yukl, G.A. (2006) Leadership in Organizations: 6th Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice-Hall.
Additional sources will be issued throughout the course.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based resources will be used to host readings, course notes and other relevant resources

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Last revision date