Leadership: Challenges and Practice
Whereas the CLS1002 Introduction to Leadership Studies module is primarily conceptual, CLS2002 Leadership Challenges and Practices addresses the more practical, active and vocational aspects of leadership. You will be encouraged to draw on your own experience of leadership in practice, and to engage in activities which enable you to develop your own leadership capacity. In this way, the course aims to enhance your employability, and to allow you to develop critical perspectives on leadership, which can be taken into your future work and organisation. The course therefore combines practical approaches to leading with a head-on approach to some of the tricky questions about leadership.
Additional Information: Internationalisation
This module uses diverse case study examples and students are encouraged to explore them in different cultural and
international contexts through their group work and written assignments.
The module convenor’s research on sustainability informs the teaching of this module, particularly in the discussion of ‘change leadership’.
All of the reading lists, lectures, and workshop materials are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
Previous guest speaker workshops have been conducted by PhD students and practitioners in the CLS network. These guest speakers have explored topics such as ‘Photographing Power’ and ‘Using Your Voice to Network and Influence People’.
The group work, case studies and external guest workshops let students develop their leadership skills and familiarises them with cutting-edge and current challenges they might face when they start to work. It develops their own ability to reflect on their own practice, a valuable skill in any leadership role.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Leadership: Challenges and Practice|
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Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
This module aims to address the more practical, active and vocational aspects of leadership, and starts from the assumption that almost every organised activity is initiated by leadership of some sort, and that most benefit from good leadership. Over the duration of this module, students will be encouraged to
critically explore the following question: What can each of us do to get better at leading, and to support others in leadership positions for the good of the shared enterprise?
Alongside engaging with contemporary theoretical perspectives on leadership, students will be encouraged to learn from their own and others’ experience(s) of leadership in practice, and to engage in activities which enable them to develop their own leadership capacity.
In this way, the module aims to enhance students’ employability, and to allow them to develop critical perspectives on leadership, which can be taken into their future work and organisations.
The module therefore combines practical approaches to leading with a head-on approach to some of the tricky questions about leadership.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. engage in a sustained, systematic and critical way with 'real life', 'real time' leadership issues of interest to them
- 2. critically appreciate the ways in which they themselves respond to, contribute to, challenge and/or reinforce particular ways of doing and thinking about leadership in practice
- 3. experiment with alternative ways of thinking about and/or acting out leadership within their own particular contexts, ethical perspecitives, and/or areas of interest
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. demonstrate a skillful, reflexive and a generally well-informed appreciation of what is involved in taking up leadership roles and in following the lead of others, including relevant ethical implications
- 5. critically interpret the practice and rhetoric of leadership
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. critical thinking
- 7. awareness of wider social context (including political, historical and economic)
- 8. self-awareness and capacity for personal reflection
- 9. confidence and assertiveness
- 10. written and oral communication skills
- 11. 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|
|Formative assessment provided weekly through feedback on workshop group activities||Short group work activities are carried out every week during lectures and workshops (maximum duration 1 hour)||1-10||Verbal feedback during class|
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|
|1 reflexive assignment based on workshop activities||40||1000 words + appendices||16, 9 & 10||Individual written feedback and generalised feedback presented in lectures|
|Essay based upon learning and reflection through the duration of the module||60||2500 words||1-8 & 11||Individual 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|
|1000 word report||1000 word report (40%)||1-6, 9 and 10||1st September|
|Reflective essay||Resubmission of previous assignment (60%)||1-8 and 11||1st September|
• Introduction to the module: Seeing leadership as a response to challenge
• Leading yourself
• Developing Purpose, Vision and Strategy
• Using Power and Influence Responsibly
• Taking Risks, Making Change
• Asking Challenging Questions – Is Leadership in Crisis?
• Self Study Week – assignment preparation
• Facilitation and Coaching
• Networking and Leading in Networks
• Assignment Workshops
• Assignment Workshops
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Mike, P. John Burgoyne and Tom, B. (2010). A Manager’s Guide to Leadership. London: McGraw-Hill Professional.
Grint, K (2000). The Arts of Leadership. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Peter, S. et al. (1994). The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and tools for building a learning organisation. London:Brealey
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
ELE will form an integrative part of the module. Lecture notes will be put onto ELE before they are delivered, together with weekly reading lists, additional reading material, and workshop exercises. Details of assessments and study skills guides will also be made available via ELE
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
The course will make use of media clips from films (DVD) and via YouTube.
Last revision date