• University of Reading
  • Henley Business School

Managing People: Understanding Individual Differences

Understand how personalities and individual differences affect the performance of individuals in the workplace.

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Managing People: Understanding Individual Differences
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
  • AccreditationAvailableMore info

Explore the link between individual behaviour and organisational success

Individual personalities and behaviour can have a significant impact on a business. On this course you will develop your understanding of personality and individual differences and how adults learn. You will consider what affects individual performance and how this relates to the success of your organisation. Through the course you will also keep a learning journal to help you apply your learning in your workplace.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • An introduction to the course topics

  • The ways in which adults learn

  • Learning to be a good manager

Week 2

  • Identities in the workplace

  • Personality and intelligence models and theories

  • The value of psychometrics in the workplace

  • Reflecting and understanding individual difference

Week 3

  • Theories and models of organisational effectiveness

  • What drives individual performance?

  • Values, ethics and whistleblowing

Who is this accredited by?


This course is EOCCS certified, an international quality benchmark for online courses.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Understand how people differ and the impact these differences may have in the workplace
  • Understand the link between individual attributes, behaviour and performance
  • Understand the link between individual and organisational performance
  • Learn how to apply this understanding to management practice

Who is the course for?

This course is for entry level managers with no formal management education. You don’t need any knowledge of management theory.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Bolade-Ogunfodun is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Henley Business School. She enjoys teaching and mentoring. Her research covers the nature and sources of meaning systems in diverse work contexts.

Martin teaches at the Henley Business School on a number of people-related modules on our Professional Management Programmes. He was previously a management consultant and is a trained chef.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a triple accredited, world-renowned business school, part of the University of Reading.