Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Leadership in Organisations

Course summary

Course code: BUSI1323
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Course Coordinator(s): Nataliya Rumyantseva



This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and analytical capabilities needed to practice leadership in modern organisations. It explores the nature of leadership in terms of how individuals effectively build agreement to shared goals and courses of action and facilitate organisational movement toward the achievement of these goals. In particular, we highlight theory and research that accounts for how leaders acquire and exercise social influence in a manner that contributes to their credibility and the motivation of their followers. The emphasis of the course will be on application of theory, comparing and contrasting ideas, self-reflection, and self-discovery of one’s own leadership potential and strengths.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Explain and discuss traditional and more recent leadership theories
2. Evaluate the usefulness of key theories for understanding leadership in organisations
3. Apply leadership theories to practice
4. Develop an critical argumentation around leadership topics
5. Develop core leadership competencies by applying self-insight tools toward self-exploration

Indicative content

• Introduction to leadership
• Power and Influence
• Individual differences and leadership
• Transformational leadership
• Leadership communication
• Building effective leader-member relationships
• Shared leadership
• Leadership and coaching
• Leading change

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered through weekly lectures and seminars. The lectures elaborate the various aspects of leadership, especially in relation to both contemporary and foundational theories. The activities in the seminars aim to enhance your understanding of leadership concepts through comprehension and practice. Self-development will be facilitated through reflective learning based on engagement in seminars, a leadership consulting exercise, and a final examination.


Portfolio - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Outline Details:
a) Leadership Consulting Exercise: Group Presentation (10 minutes)
b) Seminar Contribution
c) Essay (2,000 words)