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International Leadership: Managing Culture as Leaders

Learn how to identify changes in workplace culture and explore the leadership skills needed to manage them.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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If you do not manage culture, it manages you

Identify and develop the skills you need for managing cultural change as a leader with this short online course from Coventry University.

Reflecting on case studies about international leadership, you will have the chance to learn more about how organisational culture influences leaders’ responsibilities and methods.

By studying the theories related to workplace culture – such as the Global Leadership and Organisational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) study and Hofstede’s five dimensions of culture – you can better understand the leadership skills you need for recognising and effectively managing culture in your organisation.

Discover how to use your workplace culture as a competitive advantage

On this course, you’ll learn how leadership and culture are so closely related that they themselves develop the workplace culture.

We look at the leader’s role in culture design and management within organisations, compare different leadership styles and understand the importance of organisational culture in strategic management.

By the end of this training, you’ll have a better understanding of how culture can be a competitive advantage in business.

Explore how to manage cultural changes within your organisation

In this short course, you will examine the viewpoints of leaders and look at how they manage and create cultural change in organisations through different leadership styles.

You will also have the opportunity to describe organisational culture and compare this between different countries, based on the GLOBE study and Hofstede’s five dimensions of culture.

Taught by lecturers with specialist research interests in the field, this online training will help you develop an effective tactical and practical approach to manage your workplace culture from a position of leadership.


  • Week 1

    Cultural Differences in Leadership Styles

    • Welcome to the course

      Welcome to the second short course in International Leadership.

    • The importance of culture

      As an international business student, you will face cultural differences in your present or future jobs; knowing how culture impacts businesses will give you a competitive advantage.

    • How leadership creates culture

      Explore how what a leader says and does impacts the culture of an organisation.

    • Case studies of leadership

      Examine some real-life examples of different leadership styles and their impact on organisational culture.

  • Week 2

    Understanding Cultural Differences

    • Hofstede's theory

      Hofstede’s research about cross-cultural groups played an important role in developing a framework for assessing and differentiating cultures in different nations and organisations.

    • Hall's theory

      Edward T. Hall identified three major dimensions through which cultural tendencies are displayed: context, space and time.

    • Leadership and culture

      Explore how we can apply theories of culture to leadership scenarios and use our understanding of culture to enhance our decision-making.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Compare different leadership styles
  • Explore how the themes of leadership and culture are so closely related that they cause organisational culture
  • Explain the leader's role in culture design and management
  • Develop a tactical and practical approach to manage your workplace culture as a leader
  • Describe organisational culture and explain how culture can be a competitive advantage

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those wanting to progress into a leadership role, or to build on their leadership skills as part of their continued professional development.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Develop expert leadership skills by studying leadership theories and cultural management in an international context.

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