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What Is Leadership?

Leadership is a term often used, and often misunderstood. Learn what being a leader means and how you can practice leadership.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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What Is Leadership?

Investigate leaders and leadership to improve your effectiveness as a leader.

In this course over the next two weeks, we look to answer the question: ‘What is leadership?’ In the first week we explore two fundamental perspectives on leadership: leader as a person and leadership as a practice. In Week 2 we examine the difference between leadership and management so you can determine whether you are a leader in a management role, a leader without a management role, or a manager who needs to become a leader. By exploring sources of power and influence, and how perception shapes behaviour, you will be able to address important issues more effectively.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWith disruptive innovation, global competitiveness, and market uncertainty, demand for talented leaders intensifies. Leaders have the potential to increase organisational success. Higher rates of employee satisfaction and engagement foster a positive and agile culture, responsive to customer demands and market opportunities. Hello, I'm Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, and I'm a lecturer at Deakin Business School, where I teach postgraduate students and research contemporary leadership issues. I'm very excited to introduce you to this FutureLearn course. In this two week course, we will explore leadership role models, analyse examples of leadership in organisations, and self-reflect on our sources of power and influence.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds This course will help anyone who wants to find out more about the difference between leadership and management, the types of power needed to be a leader, effective leadership, and influencing others. So do you want to be a leader? Then follow me.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain what leadership means
  • Investigate leader role models and what they represent
  • Explore how you and others around you use personal power
  • Investigate the effect that individual differences have on leadership
  • Identify how leadership thinking has changed over the years

Who is the course for?

This course will assist busy professionals who already have management responsibilities and experience but need to expand their knowledge and capabilities in leading organisations.

Take your learning to the next stage

This course is a free introduction to a Deakin University postgraduate degree in Leadership which can be done on FutureLearn

Who will you learn with?

Andrea North-Samardzic

Dr Andrea North-Samardzic is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at Deakin Business School. She teaches in the MBA and other postgraduate programs and researches contemporary leadership issues

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £79.00

Statement of Participation £49.00

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