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Leadership in Context

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: ORG30002

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit introduces key theories and debates relating to leadership traits, behaviours and approaches to influencing organisational culture and outcomes. Different models of leadership are explored using a case based comparative perspective. The unit will draw from challenges dealt with in the private sector, public sector, not for profit and non-government organisations. It will provide students with theoretical frameworks to critique the parameters of leadership with respect to building robust organisational culture. This includes responsiveness to issues of risk mitigation, decision making, sound governance and stewardship of resources both physical, and human, in increasingly complex organisational environments.


  • Management and leadership
  • Leadership as a social influence process
  • A range of approaches to leadership, including trait approaches, behavioural theories, contingency theory and alternative perspectives
  • Complexity and leadership.
  • Leading in a changing environment and planning for the future
  • Trust-sensitive leadership
  • Virtual leadership
  • Sustainable leadership
  • Application of different leadership theories and frameworks to identify/compare leadership challenges and responses
  • A comparative study of organisational environments and their implications for effective leadership across public sector, private sector, not-for-profit and non-government organisations

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