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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Leadership as a concept is familiar to most but in terms of theory, has a multitude of definitions, each one trying to explain the various facets of practice. During periods of decision making and change, leadership becomes one of the most essential aspects in managing the organisation. In fact, it is hard to identify such a universal set of behaviours that ensures an effective and efficient way to achieve a common goal. In an increasingly dynamic business environment, developing leaders and followers for the attainment of a common goal is of paramount importance, regardless of the industry.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds In this short course, we will look at different concepts of leadership, the evolution of leadership theories, the difference between a leader and a manager, the interplay of power and leadership and finally, you will get the opportunity to assess your own leadership qualities. Before moving on to the short course in depth I would like you all to ponder one of the most debated questions in the field of leadership studies. ‘Are leaders born or made?’ Join me over the next few weeks in this journey of leadership, where we will explore the leadership paradigm in an international context.

Are leaders born or made?

Welcome to this course on the Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory. It’s great that you can join us.

Throughout the next two weeks, you will have the opportunity to:

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

Meet the team

Your lead educators are Navami Leena, Zahra Shaygan, and Mahda Garmaki from Coventry’s school of Strategy and Leadership in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Watch the video above where Navami introduces you to the big question that is the focus of this short course.

Your task

To help you get to know the people taking this course with you, post your thoughts on the big question in the comments section. Have a read of what other people have written and respond to them. If you agree with or enjoy reading what they have written, why not ‘like’ it?

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The Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory

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