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The characteristics of leaders and managers

You have just seen how Kotter associated different characteristics to leaders and managers. Lunenburg (2011) looked at leadership and management as different ends of a spectrum, suggesting that a person …

Getting the most out of your learning

As this might be your first time studying with Coventry University, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of the experience. Comments FutureLearn is …

How to define leadership

A review of studies of leadership research identified that there are almost as many distinct definitions of leadership as there are those who have attempted to describe it (Stogdill 1974 …

Assessing your leadership skills

This questionnaire is designed to assess your leadership skills, specifically your strengths and weaknesses in relation to your administrative, interpersonal and conceptual skills. This time the questionnaire is only to …

Assessing your leadership traits

The first questionnaire you’re going to take is designed to assess your leadership traits. This questionnaire should be filled in by yourself and also by other people who know you …

Power and Leadership

In this article, we will encourage you to consider your own abilities as a leader. But first we are going to look at the concept of power and its role …

Skills theory

The skills theory of leadership follows a leader-centred perspective, similar to the traits theory. However, the difference is that the skills approach puts more emphasis on the skills and abilities …

10 leadership theories

We are starting our final activity of the week by looking at the major theories that exist about leadership, what it is and how it arises. Watch the video in …

Trait Theory vs Process Theory of Leadership

Early ideas about leadership, described by the Great Man theory, focused on the innate qualities of individuals. In the 1950s, leadership theory focused on the situational interaction of traits, then …

Assigned Vs Emergent Leadership

Now you have some understanding of the term leadership, let’s see how individuals emerge as leaders. Assigned Vs Emergent Leaders Assigned leaders are people who become leaders by being given …

Differences Between Leadership and Management

The concept of management emerged around the 20th century to reduce chaos in an increasingly industrialised society and to make workplace organisation more efficient and effective. The initial system of …

Leader or manager?

Every leader can be a manager but not every manager can be a leader. Watch the video of Mary, associate director of Zarana company, interacting with her employees. Do you …

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: …

Reflection on the course

Congratulations on completing this short course on the Evolution of Management and Leadership Theory. We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience. Watch the video where Navami summarises what we’ve looked at …