Globalisation and the changing nature of organisation mean that you are leading people and managing teams in complex environments. The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation. The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map leadership theory, practice and contemporary issues in a globalised environment taking a critical perspective;  
  2. Assess a leader's actions using an integrated theoretical framework;  
  3. Show evidence of enhanced personal knowledge, skills and attitudes (including cultural competence) as they relate to the effective exercise of leadership across boundaries;  
  4. Develop a personal leadership statement and action plan that demonstrates sound critical social analysis and a constructed understanding of what is an authentic leader; and  
  5. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and all aspects of the work or functions required by a team.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Reflective essay 15%
Case Study Group presentation 20%
Assignment Reflective essay 45%
Assignment Leader philosophy and action plan 20%

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