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The Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory

Develop an in-depth understanding of leadership by assessing your own leadership qualities with the use of different theories.

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The Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
This course is part of the program International Leadership, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in BA International Business (Top Up). Find out more.

Discover your leadership qualities

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 have the chance to discuss and investigate the differences between leaders and managers and assess your own leadership qualities through leadership questionnaires.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is leadership?
  • The evolution of leadership theory
  • Assigned versus emergent leadership
  • The relationship between power and leadership
  • Identifying the difference between leader and manager
  • The Leadership Trait Questionnaire

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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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
  • Identify the differences between a leader and a manager
  • Assess your own leadership qualities

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who want to progress into a leadership role in their company or career, and for those looking for leadership skills as part of their continued professional development.

Please note that the individuals listed below in the “Who will you learn with” section may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Alim Abubakre is on the advisory board of London Business School’s Africa Club. He did his doctoral studies on CSR and strategy at Southampton University.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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This course is part of the program International Leadership, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in BA International Business (Top Up).

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