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MGT2007 Leadership

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <//>.


We live in a world where the breadth of local, national and international issues confronting our global community is both increasingly complex and diverse; this creates a great need around the world to find new and improved ways of doing business. Leaders and potential leaders need to ensure they have or can develop the necessary skills to lead their followers in an effective way in this complex environment. Followers can improve their effectiveness and their relationships with their leaders, through an increased understanding, appreciation, and recognition of the skills needed to lead. This course exposes the student to the dynamics related to leadership and being a leader in a changing world. The successful completion of this course will lay a good foundation for becoming a better leader by developing the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to the utilisation and application of appropriate leadership principles, practices and behaviour in life in general, but in particular also in an organisational context. After making a thorough study of relevant theoretical and research perspectives on the nature and importance of leadership, a study is made of various types and styles of and approaches to leadership. These include charismatic and transformational leadership as well as contingency and situational leadership. The roles, tasks and required attributes of leaders are also explored, as well as the interplay between leadership and a broad range of organisational dynamics. The studying of such themes is contextualised within the shift from the industrial to the knowledge and information era and strategic thinking as an integrating mechanism is therefore also explored. The course content contains a good blend of theory, research and practical perspectives and applications.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External