|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Business|
|Student contribution band :||Band 4|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||17 May 2022|
We live in a world where the range of local, national and international issues confronting our global community is increasingly complex and diverse, creating a great need around the world to find innovative ways of doing business. Leaders and potential leaders need to ensure they can develop the necessary skills to lead their followers in an effective and sustainable way in this complex environment. Leadership is no longer reserved for the executive echelon of management and a new challenge for business is to develop leadership skills in all managers, supervisors, professionals and technical experts so that the impetus for innovation exists throughout all levels of the organisation. Business graduates therefore need to recognise and understand the skills needed to lead. This course exposes students to the dynamics related to leadership and the exploration of being a leader in a changing world. The successful completion of this course will lay a sound foundation for enhanced leadership by developing the relevant knowledge and skills students require to apply appropriate leadership principles, practices and behaviour in their lives and within an organisational context.
This course commences with an examination of relevant theoretical and research perspectives on the nature and importance of leadership, after which, a study is made of various types, styles and approaches to leadership. These leadership styles and approaches 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. Students have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate contrasting leadership styles to develop their critical thinking and communication skills through academic writing. The course content contains a blend of theory, research and practical perspectives and applications.
|Semester 1, 2022||Online|