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Leadership Theory: The Basics

Get introduced to the theory behind leadership and leadership styles and find out the difference between managers and leaders.

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Leadership Theory: The Basics
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours

Learn the basics of leadership theory

On this leadership course, you will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of leadership, different styles of leadership and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between management and leadership and will investigate in detail the ethical issues that surround the issue of leadership.

What topics will you cover?

  • The fundamentals of leadership: what is the evolutionary process of leadership theories?
  • What are the major conclusions of the trait theories?
  • The skills approach to leadership
  • What are the major conclusions of the behavioural theories?
  • Identifying the major components of the contingency theories
  • Transactional and transformational leadership

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Critically analyse the trait, skills, style and contingency theories of leadership
  • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the different theories of leadership
  • Investigate the different types of leadership and their implications for organisations

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced professionals looking to understand how a modern business succeeds through leadership, culture, decision-making and change management.

Who will you learn with?

Oliver teaches modules related to international business, leadership and entrepreneurship at Coventry University. He is based in the School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry Business School.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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