Leadership (MNG118)

Course Description

In recent years business leaders have started to give more and more focus on taking action on and defining success by the contribution the core business makes towards addressing today’s most pressing societal challenges. Many organizations are actively engaging into innovative partnerships with numerous business stakeholders to create mutual value. The current business environment is typified by an increased level of complexity and interconnectedness and it requires a different kind of leadership. There has been a major trend among organizational theorists to shift the focus from leadership as a person or role, to leadership as a process. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to examine the choices each leader made, the path he or she traveled, the values and objectives he or she nurtured, and the larger stage on which that person acted. This perspective provides a broad understanding of the long-term impact of leadership and innovation on business, government, and society. In looking closely at the agency of other individuals who have exerted lasting influence, students are challenged to consider their own agency, along with their ambitions and ideas about leadership.

The course will draw on a range of materials from the humanities and social sciences, including case studies, articles, book chapters, plays, and multimedia offerings.

Course Aim

This course provides the critical element of analytical and intellectual examination and reflection of certain core issues in the practice of leadership. These objectives will be achieved through open discussion, honest self-assessment, experiential exercises, and observation of real-life leadership practice.

Learning Outcomes of the Course

On completion of this course students will:

  • Demonstrate the understanding of the concept of effective leadership, its utility and relevance to managing business or other field of human activity.
  • Compare and contrast traditional and emergent paradigms of leadership and apply critical thinking to leadership theories and practices.
  • To be able to form teams and provide them with clear vision, mission, values and strategic goals; create a most favorable atmosphere for creative team work.
  • Diagnose current strengths and development needs as team leaders and as learners.
  • Understand gender and cultural influences on leadership.
  • Develop increased personal awareness about student’s own leadership practice through self-reflection.
  • Demonstrate skills of collaborative learning, facilitating the learning of others and helping others become better leaders.