Introduction to Leadership Studies

Module description

Summary:

This module aims to introduce you to the key issues and concerns of leadership and leadership studies. You will examine insights from cutting edge research on the nature and character of leadership across a range of disciplines. Each week, we will explore a different leadership theory, using it as a ‘lens’ which can bring some aspects of leadership into focus, and make other aspects blurred. The module reading and discussion will focus on several questions, beginning with the most fundamental: “What is leadership?”

Additional Information:

Internationalization

Leadership and globalization issues are embedded in the course content. This module engages with different international leadership issues using international examples throughout, drawing from politics, current affairs or history as well from film, fiction and popular culture.

Sustainability

Sustainability issues are integrated into the module content. The module convener’s research on sustainability and the challenges faced by leaders looking to improve sustainable business practice also informs the content of this module. The lecture, tutorial and reading list information is available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

External Engagement

Lectures on leadership and culture and leadership development have previously been given by PhD students currently conducting research at the university.

Employability

Students develop a number of valuable transferable skills, including: team-working, group presentations, communication, the ability to link theory to practice in different organisational contexts, critical thinking, an awareness of the wider social context   and contemporary issues, self-awareness and the capacity for personal reflections, confidence, assertiveness and independent study skills.

Full module specification

Module title:Introduction to Leadership Studies
Module code:CLS1002
Module level:1
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Beverley Hawkins - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

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

11

Module aims

This module will:

1)   Help you to cultivate a vocabulary conducive to understanding and analysing the many aspects and elements, and the ethical challenges of leadership.

2)   Focus on developing your writing and presentation skills to make you capable of articulating this knowledge orally and in written work.

3)   develop your skills in comparing and contrasting the attributes, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses in a variety of perspectives on leadership,

4)   Develop your ability to link theory to practice and analyse the actions of leaders in context.

5)   Improve your inter-personal skills through exposure to teamwork and leadership activities.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of leadership
  • 2. Explain a range of theoretical approaches to understanding leadership
  • 3. Describe fundamental influence processes involved in leadership
  • 4. Articulate the group dynamics through which leadership emerges

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Evidence practical examples of leadership in a variety of contexts,
  • 6. Explain the principles of leadership competencies
  • 7. Identify the approaches, styles, strengths, and weaknesses that s/he brings to the leadership process

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Demonstrate persuasive communication skills in written work
  • 9. Apply independent study skills

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
251250

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours22Lectures
Contact hours3Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Discussion Exercises3 x 60 minute Tutorials1-7Verbal feedback provided by tutorial facilitator

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
01000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination702 hours1-8Written feedback
In-class Tests303 x 5 question MCQ (1 x 5 minute test per tutorial)1-4Written feedback
0
0
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination (70%)Examination (2 hours)1-8August – September assessment period
In-class tests (30%)15 point, 15 minute Multiple Choice Test1-4August – September assessment period

Syllabus plan

• Introduction: What is leadership?

• What are leaders like? Leadership traits

• What do leaders do? Leadership skills

• Does context matter? Situational leadership

• How to win friends and influence people – charisma, transformational and transactional leadership

• There’s no ‘I’ in team! Distributed leadership

• Revision week

• Women in leadership

• Doing things right, or doing the right thing?  Leadership and ethics

• Making Leaders – the role of leadership development

• Exam Workshop

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

The course textbook is Northouse, P.G. (2019) Leadership Theory and Practice. International Student Edition London: Sage

Additional reading in the form of journal articles and chapters will be provided via an online ELE reading list.

Indicative resources include:

Anderson, H. J., Baur, J. E., Griffith, J. A., & Buckley, M. R. (2017). What works for you may not work for (Gen) Me: Limitations of present leadership theories for the new generation. The Leadership Quarterly28(1), 245-260.

Day, D. V., Fleenor, J. W., Atwater, L. E., Sturm, R. E., & McKee, R. A. (2014). Advances in leader and leadership development: A review of 25years of research and theory. The Leadership Quarterly, 25(1), 63-82.

Hairon, S., & Goh, J. W. (2015). Pursuing the elusive construct of distributed leadership: Is the search over?. Educational Management Administration & Leadership43(5), 693-718.

Kho, T. Zhou, R, Zou C, Rule NO (2018) Charisma in everyday life: Conceptualization and validation of the General Charisma Inventory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 114(1):131-152

Levine, M. P., & Boaks, J. (2014). What does ethics have to do with leadership? Journal of Business Ethics, 124(2), 225-242.

Mumford, M. D., Todd, E. M., Higgs, C., & McIntosh, T. (2017). Cognitive skills and leadership performance: The nine critical skills. The Leadership Quarterly, 28(1), 24-39.

Thompson, G., & Vecchio, R. P. (2009). Situational leadership theory: A test of three versions. The Leadership Quarterly, 20(5), 837-848.

Vinnicombe, S., Sealy, R., & Humbert, A. L. (2017). Female FTSE Board Report 2017: Women on boards, back on track?.

Downloadable at: https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/bitstream/handle/10871/31430/Female%20FTSE%20Report%202017.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Zaccaro, S. J. (2007). Trait-based perspectives of leadership. American Psychologist, 62(1), 6.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

We will regularly use clips from You Tube, Ted Talks, video and film as well as Kahoot Quizzes in class and on ELE to support your learning.

Origin date

01/09/2007

Last revision date

23/08/2018