Leadership is often misunderstood due to its complex nature. Learn what being a leader means and how you can practice leadership.

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What is Leadership?
This course is part of the program Leadership Practice with Impact, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Leadership. Find out more.

Develop leadership skills and strategies

In this 2-week course, we look to answer the question: What is leadership? This thought-provoking course will help you discover more about yourself and others as we explore leadership.

By delving into sources of power and influence, and exploring how perception shapes behaviour, you will be able to address important issues more effectively.

Explore effective leadership and what it means to be a leader

In the first week, we explore two fundamental perspectives on leadership: a leader as a person and leadership as a practice. You’ll also explore how leadership is defined by researchers and practitioners.

It’s important to have role models, and we’ll reflect on your responsibility as a leader to also be a good role model. What does your choice of role model say about you?

Discover your leadership style and influencing power

In the following week, we’ll examine the difference between leadership and management so you can determine where you lie on the scale. Your role will affect how relationships play out in the workplace.

Thinking about leadership in practice, you’ll also discover ways in which individual differences influence how people see leadership and learn how to manage perceptions as a leader.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds With 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 future learn 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.

What topics will you cover?

This thought-provoking course will help to discover more about yourself and others as we explore:

  • why leadership is different to management
  • what effective leadership is
  • what types of power are needed to be a leader
  • how you can influence other people at work
  • how individual differences shape the way people see leadership.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

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 entirely on FutureLearn

Who will you learn with?

Dr Colin Higgins is an Associate Professor in Management at Deakin University and also leads Deakin’s Global Courses. He teaches strategy and researches how companies engage with sustainability

Joe has combined consultancy and University lecturing for over 25 years, specialising in leadership, Governance and strategy, and organisational behaviour. He has special interest in leadership.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established1974
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • 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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