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International Leadership: The Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory

Develop an in-depth understanding of leadership and management theories that you can use to assess your own leadership qualities.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours

Discover your leadership qualities

Develop your understanding of the evolution of leadership and management theory with this online short course developed by Coventry University.

You’ll have the chance to look at what leadership is, examine the relationship between power and leadership, and compare the concepts of assigned leadership and emergent leadership.

Identify your personal leadership qualities by completing the leadership questionnaires introduced on this training and use these insights to develop your professional practice.

Improve your understanding of good leadership by examining the difference between leadership and management

On this course, you will have the chance to discuss and investigate the differences between a leader and a manager.

You’ll look at assigned leadership and emergent leadership within organisations and compare and contrast the two approaches. Using these and other insights from leadership and management theory, you’ll discover the qualities that make a good leader for organisations of various types.

Develop your leadership qualities by studying leadership and management theories

Are leaders born or made?

On this short course, you will have the opportunity to examine the evolution of leadership theory by exploring the key concepts of leadership.

You will also be able to reflect on your own skills and experiences, using leadership questionnaires to assess your own leadership qualities.

This online training from Coventry University is the ideal introduction to the evolution of management within international leadership. It will equip you with the theory and personal insights to become a more informed leader within your organisation.


  • Week 1

    What is Leadership?

    • Welcome to the course

      Find out what you can expect from this week's activities.

    • Leadership theory

      What is leadership, and how did the concept of leadership develop?

    • Ways to assess leadership

      There are different perspectives on how someone's leadership abilities can be assessed; here we explore and contrast some of them.

    • The difference between leaders and managers

      How do you know if someone is a leader or a manager? Is there any difference?

  • Week 2

    Leadership and Management

    • Power

      Power plays an important role in leadership; used responsibly it can enhance your capacity to be an effective leader.

    • Assessing your own leadership qualities

      Get familiar with different leadership theories and then assess your own abilities under two of these theories.

    • Summary activities

      A look back at what we have learned in this short course.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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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...

  • Explore the fundamental concepts of leadership and the evolution of leadership theory
  • Assess your own leadership qualities
  • Identify the differences between a leader and a manager

Who is the course for?

It’s ideal for those wanting to progress into a leadership role and those looking for leadership skills as part of their continued professional development.

If you want to develop your knowledge further, you may want to take these courses, from the same provider, that share the same overall learning outcomes:

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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Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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