Introduction to Leadership Studies

Module titleIntroduction to Leadership Studies
Module codeBEM1022
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Professor Beverley Hawkins (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

150

Description - summary of the module content

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: Internationalisation 

Leadership and globalisation 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 convenor’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). 

 

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. 

 

Module aims - intentions of the module

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. 

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

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

  1. develop your ability to link theory to practice and analyse the actions of leaders in context. 

  1. improve your inter-personal skills through exposure to teamwork and leadership activities. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. articulate the group dynamics through which leadership emerges
  • 5. evidence practical examples of leadership in a variety of contexts,
  • 6. explain the principles of leadership competencies.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Identify the approaches, styles, strengths, and weaknesses that s/he brings to the leadership process
  • 8. Demonstrate persuasive communication skills in written work
  • 9. apply independent study skills

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction: What is leadership? 

  • What are leaders like? Leadership traits 

  • What do leaders doLeadership 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 

Learning and teaching

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 hours 22Lectures
Contact hours 3Tutorials

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Discussion Exercises 3 x 60 minute Tutorials 1-7Verbal feedback provided by tutorial facilitator

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
07030

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mid Term MCQ Test 3030-minutes 1-4 Written feedback
Examination702 hours1-9Written feedback

Re-assessment

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) 1-8 August – September assessment period
Mid Term MCQ Test (30%) 30 minutes1-4 August – September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

 

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The course textbook is Northouse, P.G. (2019Leadership 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 Quarterly25(1), 63-82. 

Hairon, S., & Goh, J. W. (2015). Pursuing the elusive construct of distributed leadership: Is the search over?.â�¯Educational Management Administration & Leadership,â�¯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 Ethics124(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 Quarterly28(1), 24-39. 

Thompson, G., & Vecchio, R. P. (2009). Situational leadership theory: A test of three versions. The Leadership Quarterly20(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 Psychologist62(1), 6. 

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. 

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Leadership, management, traits, transformation, charisma, skills, context, ethics, gender, leadership development 

Credit value15
Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/09/2007

Last revision date

13/02/2019