Introduction to Leadership Studies
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?”
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 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).
Lectures on leadership and culture and leadership development have previously been given by PhD students currently conducting research at the university.
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|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Discussion Exercises||3 x 60 minute Tutorials||1-7||Verbal feedback provided by tutorial facilitator|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Examination||70||2 hours||1-8||Written feedback|
|In-class Tests||30||3 x 5 question MCQ (1 x 5 minute test per tutorial)||1-4||Written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Examination (70%)||Examination (2 hours)||1-8||August September assessment period|
|In-class tests (30%)||15 point, 15 minute Multiple Choice Test||1-4||August September assessment period|
• 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
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 Quarterly, 28(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 & Leadership, 43(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?.
Zaccaro, S. J. (2007). Trait-based perspectives of leadership. American Psychologist, 62(1), 6.
Module has an active ELE page?
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.
Last revision date