Leaders: Their Role and Impact on Business

Examine different leadership theories and the key traits of a leader. Analyse the impact leaders have on an organisation.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the program Leadership, Power and Influence, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology. Find out more.

Understand what makes a leader and the effects of leadership on a workplace

Defining leadership can be difficult. Leadership is a multidimensional construct that many theorists have dedicated their time to defining.

On this course, you will explore some of these theories - learning what leadership is and how good and bad leadership can affect a business and its employees. You will consider different leadership models to help clarify the universal components of leadership and how these components differ to management.

What topics will you cover?

  • Definition of leadership
  • Understanding of the ambiguity in its definition
  • Trait, behavioural, and contingency/situational models of leadership (e.g. Blake and Moulton 1964)
  • Differentiate the roles and effects of managers versus leaders
  • Introduce the effect of leaders on individual and organisational performance
  • Good versus bad leadership’s similarities and differences

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the definition of leadership and identify its components
  • Assess trait, behavioural and contingency/situational leadership theories
  • Explain how leaders are recognised and how they differ from managers
  • Identify bad vs good leaders and measure similarities and differences
  • Apply the concept of a 'good' leader to a workplace setting

Who is the course for?

This course is for people looking for an enhanced understanding of leadership, its role and effects.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Anne Turner

Dr Anne Turner

Lecturer in occupational and business psychology at Coventry University, Dr Anne Turner (PHD, FHEA, MBPsS, BSc (Hons) Enclothed Cognition, remote e-workers clothing behaviour, Enclothed power

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.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Leadership, Power and Influence, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology.