Aspiring leaders often look to role models for guidance, but for many, due to the weak examples available to them in their workplace or wider society, leadership remains an illusory concept. Unfortunately all too often we are left to wonder where have all the good leaders gone?
Many candidates for leadership roles feel that they have the personal characteristics and skills necessary to be a great leader. What, then, can be done to address our negative experience of leaders and what can each of us do to ensure we perform leadership roles to the best of our ability? This course run by our School of Management aims to address these points.
The aims and objectives of the course are to:
-Explore how leadership theory and leadership studies have developed over the last century, describing various views on leadership styles, the styles themselves and how they might or should vary. -Critique what we know about power, influence, motivation and the way in which leadership is constructed between leaders and followers. -Demonstrate the importance of vision in the leadership process and how leadership differs at strategic (or senior) organisational levels when compared with team leadership at the coal face of an organisation. -Develop a plan for how you might practically begin (or continue) your personal journey of developing your own leadership effectiveness (developing knowledge, skills and attitudes) through reading, watching, talking and of course doing!
This course will provide you with a clear idea of what leadership is and what it involves. You will have the valuable opportunity to develop a useful, practical framework for understanding what effective leaders actually do. You will learn how to balance the priorities of achieving results, effectively building team cohesion and developing and motivating the individuals within your team. You will also explore how leaders can secure sustained performance by bringing out the best in their people.
If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.
How will the course be taught?
This is a 12 week course delivered solely online using engaging audio-visual based teaching methods in addition to selected case studies. The course will be moderated by a leading practitioner on leadership, who will share their experiences and insights with the group. In addition to all of this, the course provides you with full access to the extensive library provision offered at the University of Leicester.
The course is assessed by a practice based assignment. In addtion to the development of key skills and acquiring new knowledge, successfully completing the course will provide you with 15 Master's level credits of study and a Confirmation of Completion.
(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)