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Business Management and Leadership

Discover what makes a successful leader and build your own leadership skills.

2,261 enrolled on this course

Business Management and Leadership

2,261 enrolled on this course

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  • 5 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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Develop techniques to effectively manage international businesses.

Professional organisational management could be regarded as one of the most significant developments of the 21st century, and is now present in almost every aspect of society. Understanding what managers do and how they do it is central to understanding how a society works and how it creates wealth.

On this course, you’ll explore the differences between leadership and management and look at the characteristics of successful leaders, using these elements to inform how you can manage international business.

Delve into the key principles of management

With many businesses rapidly expanding across the globe, it’s important that those leading the charge have the skills to successfully motivate teams, implement organisational cultures, and manage the business.

You’ll gain a solid foundation towards becoming an effective leader through learning these principles and understanding the role of managers within a business.

Learn how to build effective organisational structures and workplace cultures

Management structure and organisational culture are intrinsically linked within every business. On this course, you’ll compare the various organisational structures that companies use and how you can utilise them in a practical way. You’ll also discuss the concept of workplace culture and how to cultivate a positive culture through effective leadership.

Explore different leadership styles and how to adapt them to international management

There are many different management styles, each with their pros and cons. In order to improve your leadership skills, you’ll learn to identify different styles of leadership so you can successfully adapt to varying circumstances in your own management roles.

What topics will you cover?

  • What makes a good leader?
  • Management levels
  • The process of management
  • How people become leaders and manage international businesses

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the basic principles of management and the role of managers
  • Explore the concept of organisational culture and compare organisational structures
  • Discuss the uses of different motivational techniques
  • Identify different leadership styles

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to develop their leadership skills, specifically in relation to international business.

This may also be of extra interest to anyone studying business at degree level or business at level 3.

If you want to develop your understanding of this subject further, you may be interested in these courses from the same provider. They feature relevant subject matter and share the same overall learning outcomes:

Who will you learn with?

I am a Tutor in Business Management at the University of Kent, and have been working within higher education for almost 20 years. I also work as a consultant and run my own consulting boutique.

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

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