ADMN09001 2022 Emerging Trends in Leading and Leadership

General Details

Full Title
Emerging Trends in Leading and Leadership
Transcript Title
Emerging Trends in Leadership
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Subject Area
ADMN - Administration
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sinead Barrins, Valerie McTaggart, Dr. Leonard Taylor, Sandra Hallinan, Geraldine Barry, Esther Quinn, Bryan Coyne, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HPROF_M09 202200 Master of Arts in Professional Leadership SG_HPROF_S09 202200 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Leadership

As the world changes and organisations grapple and change in response to it, leaders have to respond but not be reactionary. How does the today and tomorrow leader do this, how do they keep themselves informed, how do they adapt and have the breadth of knowledge to do the right thing, how do they manage their own self during this time.

This module will explore leadership in the modern world and worldwide problems and examine and explore how leaders might best respond and perform during times of contemporary problems and changes. The module will examine contemporary questions in real-time and consider ways to best address these as effective professional leaders. Topics may include examining entrepreneurship, strategic talent management, green leadership, or examine the healthy leader, the digital work of work, or networking for leaders.

It is therefore envisaged that this module will change and evolve with the issues current at any given time and address new dimensions of leadership. The 'Indicative Syllabus' is therefore indicative of the trends that may impact on Leadership as they emerge.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critically review contemporary problems that a leader may expect to experience.


Analyse and plan strategies to address challenges and adapt to uncertainty in the world of work.


Evaluate and become critically aware of emerging issues and trends in the field of Leadership


Demonstrate detailed research of international and domestic best practice across a range of domains, including engagement with national government policy

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy will evolve and change based on the topic under investigation. The team in the discussion,  with the student will decide on what topics are of particular relevance to their professional development.

However, it is envisaged that the team will engage in case studies, problem-based learning, guest learning, critical conversations and debates. As the topics may change annually the module may involve team-teaching and theme teaching. 

Teaching and learning delivery will be augmented by independent learning and directed learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

  • Project Students will get the opportunity to pick a real and relevant topic and identify leadership strategies that might be of value- 55%
  • Blog To support students engagement with learning students will map their learning progress on a blog 15%
  • Essay: Students will apply insights from module readings, with individual research on international best practice, to develop new pathways for emerging leaders.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat CA based on failed components. 

Indicative Syllabus

LO1: Critically review contemporary problems that a leader may expect to experience.

The following are an example of the content for the syllabus.


  • What makes an Entrepreneur?
  • Entrepreneur planning and feasibility pathways
  • Intrapreneurship:  Creating a culture of Innovation

Strategic Talent Management - how to cultivate your talent 

  • Building trust and collaborative teams: People Management & Performance Management
  • Leading Remote Teams
  • Diversity and Inclusion  

Green Leadership

  • The Net Zero future: Understanding climate change, climate policies and practical considerations for leaders.
  • Purpose-driven change leadership
  • Environmental: What happened at COP26?

The Healthy Leader

  • From “me” to “we”: adaptivity, reflection and wellbeing in Leadership
  • Executive Coaching and mentorship
  • Developing a Learning Culture
  • Leadership Book of the Year.

The Digital World of Work

  • Social Media, influencers, and the modern market
  • FinTech: technology and innovation 
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Futurism
  • Making Globalisation work

Networking for Leaders

  • Getting political: how to engage with politics and political systems.
  • Women in leadership

LO2: Analyse and plan strategies to address challenges in the world of work

Following the student`s increased understanding of the problem, the student will explore how best to address the problem and what skills they might need to develop to be most effective in this change and professional leadership strategy.

LO3: Evaluate and become critically aware of emerging issues and trends in the field of Leadership

Agile leadership requires an ability to keep abreast of new and emerging research. Students will be encouraged to engage with thought leaders in various fields pertinent to leadership and related disciplines. Students will be required to inform their research from key academic journals, reports, reviews, memos, and government briefings, to identify key learnings.

LO4: Demonstrate detailed research of international and domestic best practice in managing complex problems across a range of domains, including engagement with national government policy.

Students will undertake desk-based and self-directed research, examining how and why others respond to contemporary leadership problems. They will explore national policy responses and or more localised industry organisation responses and the context for these. It is expected that evidence-informed debate and discussion will underpin much of the students learning.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation on Contemporary Issue Project Group Project 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4
2 Final Essay Coursework Assessment Essay 55 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4
3 Online interactive collaborate blog or similar Coursework Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 6 4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Online Problem based learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Online Directed and engaged learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Not Specified Workshop 4 Once Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified IL 4.25 Weekly 4.25
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2019-05-07 Contemporary Issues in Leadership Routledge
ISBN 0367319683 ISBN-13 9780367319687

This book describes concepts of leadership that range from self-leadership and transactional and transformational leadership to transcendental leadership and the intersection of self, group, and organizational leadership. It discusses the paradox of the dual role of leader and follower.

Required Reading
2008 The Entrepreneur's Guide to Successful Leadership Praeger Pub Text
ISBN PSU:000066137689

The founder of the For Eyes optical chain and a leadership expert team up to show entrepreneurs how to set the agenda, motivate employees, and keep people pumped about the growth of the enterprise-and themselves.

Required Reading
2014-09-09 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
ISBN 1138019194 ISBN-13 9781138019195

"Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint is Brentano's most important and brilliant work. It helped to establish psychology as a scientific discipline, but did so in a highly original and distinctive manner by arguing for a form of introspectionism. Brentano argued that consciousness is always unified and that the hallmark of the mind is that one's thoughts are always directed towards something - his famous theory of 'intentionality' - arguments that have deep implications not just for philosophy but psychology, cognitive science and consciousness studies."--Publisher's website.

Required Reading
2020-01-28 Think Outside the Building PublicAffairs
ISBN 1541742710 ISBN-13 9781541742710

One of the leading business thinkers in the world offers a bold, new theory of advanced leadership for tackling the world's complex, messy, and recalcitrant social and environmental problems. To address the big social and environmental issues of our day--from poverty, to race and gender disparities, to climate change--we need a different kind of leadership. Good leadership can help solve problems and guide an organization to success. But as Rosabeth Moss Kanter recognized, there is an enormous gap between "good leadership"--where individuals can use authority to get things done--and "advanced leadership"--where individuals possess the skills required for tackling complex, messy, and recalcitrant issues. Advanced leadership requires not just "thinking outside the box," but "thinking outside the building." Over a decade ago, Kanter co-founded and has since directed Harvard's breakthrough Advanced Leadership Initiative. In this book, she combines extraordinary stories from the business world with a pragmatic tool kit to deliver a new theory of leadership for producing significant societal change, one that begins where conventional leadership thinking ends. We desperately need leaders with wisdom and experience willing to exercise their imaginations to create solutions to society's intractable problems. This book will teach them how.

Required Reading
2018-11-20 The Fearless Organization Wiley
ISBN 9781119477242 ISBN-13 1119477247

Conquer the most essential adaptation to the knowledge economy Psychological Safety at Work: How to Ensure Learning and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talentbut what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind? The traditional culture of fitting in and going along spells doom in the knowledge economy. Success requires a continuous influx of new ideas, new challenges, and critical thought, and the interpersonal climate must not suppress, silence, ridicule or intimidate. Not every idea is good, and yes there are stupid questions, and yes dissent can slow things down, but talking through these things is an essential part of the creative process. People must be allowed to voice half-finished thoughts, ask questions from left field, and brainstorm out loud; it creates a culture in which a minor flub or momentary lapse is no big deal, and where actual mistakes are owned and corrected, and where the next left-field idea could be the next big thing. This book explores this culture of psychological safety, and provides a blueprint for bringing it to life. The road is sometimes bumpy, but succinct and informative scenario-based explanations provide a clear path forward to constant learning and healthy innovation. Explore the link between psychological safety and high performance Create a culture where its safe to express ideas, ask questions, and admit mistakes Nurture the level of engagement and candor required in todays knowledge economy Follow a step-by-step framework for establishing psychological safety in your team or organization Shed the yes-men approach and step into real performance. Fertilize creativity, clarify goals, achieve accountability, redefine leadership, and much more. Psychological Safety at Work: How to Ensure Learning and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy helps you bring about this most critical transformation.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-23 Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author Harvard Business Press
ISBN 9781422186442 ISBN-13 142218644X

The international bestsellernow with a new preface by author John Kotter. Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotters ideas on change management and leadership. From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M&A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recessionweve learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. Its the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller Leading Change is more relevant than ever. John Kotters now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work. Leading Change is widely recognized as his seminal work and is an important precursor to his newer ideas on acceleration published in Harvard Business Review. Needed more today than at any time in the past, this bestselling business book serves as both visionary guide and practical toolkit on how to approach the difficult yet crucial work of leading change in any type of organization. Reading this highly personal book is like spending a day with the worlds foremost expert on business leadership. Youre sure to walk away inspiredand armed with the tools you need to inspire others. Published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Required Reading
20/12/2021 Leading Change Harvard Business Review Press

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