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International Leadership: Politics and Philosophy in Leadership

Evaluate leadership philosophies and identify and distinguish these characteristics in various political leaders and scenarios.

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    2 weeks
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    5 hours
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Explore how leadership can find a voice in today’s world

Explore different leadership approaches and understand their importance in moulding the characteristics of leaders and followers.

Develop your understanding of the role of philosophy in leadership as you look at relevant concepts such as what is authentic leadership and how does it compare to charismatic leadership?

On this course, you’ll have the chance to examine how leadership can find a voice in today’s world. Each lesson, delivered by experts with specialist interest in the field, will provide an opportunity to develop your awareness of the leadership characteristics needed to be effective within your organisation.

Learn how to identify different leadership philosophies

This course gives you a broad overview of a number of different philosophies in leadership.

You’ll look at Path-Goal theory, the Situational Approach, the Full Range Leadership Model, and the Leader-Member Exchange Theory.

Discussing the unique characteristics of each leadership approach, you’ll gain a better understanding of how they influence an organisation’s culture and outcomes.

Use philosophy to a better leader in your organisation

Identify and discuss examples of political leaders and their leadership approaches.

You’ll use relevant case studies to explore models and concepts such as authentic leadership, charismatic leadership and transformational leadership.

You’ll also discuss how these approaches influence the various political and philosophical stances of international leaders around the world.


  • Week 1

    A Closer Look at Leadership Theories

    • The situational approach

      Welcome to the fourth short course in this module on international leadership.

    • Path-goal theory

      Find out how path-goal theory helps leaders motivate their team to achieve their objectives.

    • Leader-member exchange theory

      Explore how this theory of leadership is a bit different to those we've looked at so far.

  • Week 2

    How Authentic and Charismatic a Leader Are You?

    • Authentic leadership

      Discover what makes an authentic leader and whether you have the capacity to be one.

    • Charismatic leadership

      Examine charismatic leadership by exploring the work of Gandhi as a case study

    • Transformational leadership

      Here we look at transformational leadership as an example of how a leadership philosophy can influence the wider organisation.

    • Leadership in politics

      Consider how the concepts we've examed in the past few weeks apply within the field of politics.

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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...

  • Identify and discuss the situational approach, path-goal theory and leader-member exchange theory
  • Discuss charismatic and transformational leadership
  • Explore and evaluate authentic leadership
  • Identify and discuss some examples of political leaders and their leadership approaches

Who is the course for?

This course is for those wanting to progress into a leadership role, and those looking for 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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Develop expert leadership skills by studying leadership theories and cultural management in an international context.

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