MGMT09022 2022 Understanding Leadership

General Details

Full Title
Understanding Leadership
Transcript Title
Understanding Leadership
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Subject Area
MGMT - 0413 Management & Admin
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, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HPROF_M09 202200 Master of Arts in Professional Leadership SG_HPROF_S09 202200 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Leadership

This module explores the specific styles and strategies of effective leadership, relevant to today's work environment both public, private, third sector etc. It examines leadership legitimacy and reputation using concepts and ideas of impression management, Goffman’s notion of self-presentation and more recent words on authentic leadership.  It will take the opportunity to examine their place in management and leading teams to effectively and ethically achieve goals. Additionally, the module will focus on the leaders' role in managing change, managing power, understanding and working within and changing, if needed, organisation culture. The module requires the learner to reflect on their own leadership style and plan for more professional and strategic leadership into the future.

This module very much complements learning from within the organisational psychology module.

Ideas of a flipped classroom will be used to support a comprehensive understanding and engagement with this module.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explore leadership theories and their potential application within organisations.


Consider ideas of strategic leadership and its place within the professional environment.


Critically appraise the role of leadership in a change management process.


Critically examine the relationship between leadership, power and influence.


Examine and critically evaluate transdisciplinary working to determine its relevance and application to professional leadership.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Live online learning will occur weekly. Once per term students will be offered the opportunity to attend residential learning. The teaching and learning plan will be developed in consultation with students. It may vary year by year.

A variety of teaching and learning techniques will be incorporated including case studies, problem-based learning, guest lecturing, flipped classroom, peer learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

An important element of the assessment is the student’s ability to apply their learning to their own work practices and reflect critically on its implications. Consequentially assessments are as follows:

  1. Assessment one requires the student to critique a case study to determine the leadership style and strategy employed (35%).
  2. Assessment two requires the student to carry out three interviews with Professional Leaders. Two of which must be outside their current employment, one of which must be from the private sector and one from the public sector.  Students will be required to compare and contrast leadership theory studied with the professional in practice. They are expected to present this in the style of a research article (65%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments requirements will be based on failed components. This will be recorded at the Progression and Award Boards.


Indicative Syllabus

LO1) Explore leadership theories and their potential application within organisations. Students will undertake a review of leadership and professional leadership practices both in public, private and third sector organisations. They will examine theories of leadership such as situational, contingency theory, adaptive theory, and more recent theories such as emotional intelligence, the authentic leader, and determine their relevance to today's working environments. Students will examine their own leadership approach and identify necessary changes to it.

LO2) Consider ideas of strategic leadership and its place within professional work.  Theoretical Ideas and concepts such as leadership legitimacy, ethical consciousness, self-governance, Goffman's impression management will be examined and their role in professional leadership interrogated. Students will be expected to use this frame to plan for their role as a professional leader, taking the opportunity to identify areas for change and/or development.

LO3) Critically appraise the role of leadership in a change management process. Students will identify the key role of leadership in the effectiveness of the change process, and as a result understand the desirable characteristics of good leaders, in professional practice. They are expected to explore the change management process through works of Lewin and others. They must develop a plan to manage change initiatives and present these to their peers. 

LO4) Critically examine the relationship between leadership, power and influence.  Students will review key literature on this relationship, power and how it impacts on organisational functioning.  

LO5) Examine and critically evaluate transdisciplinary working to determine its relevance and application to professional leadership.  Students will explore the value of problem-solving in isolation, and collaboratively with other disciplines. Students will be expected to work together to problem solve and from this come up with a plan for action. Issues of team motivation, hierarchies will be reflected upon as part of this learning experience. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Leading Change Project Project 35 % Week 8 1,3
2 Professional Leadership Coursework Assessment Interview 65 % Week 14 1,2,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Live Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed and engaged learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Workshop 4 Once Per Semester 0.27
Independent Learning Not Specified Independant Learning 4.25 Weekly 4.25
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007-08-21 Leading Change: An Action Plan from the World's Foremost Expert on Business Leadership MacMillan Audio
ISBN 9781427202321 ISBN-13 9781427202321

Leading Change A foremost expert on business leadership distills 25 years of experience intothis visionary and very important audiobook. Unabridged. 5 CDs.

Required Reading
2004-10-05 Authentic Leadership Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value by George, B. ( Author ) ON Oct-05-2004, Paperback John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN 0787975281 ISBN-13 9780787975289
Required Reading
2018-02-13 The Theory and Practice of Change Management Palgrave
ISBN 9781352001235 ISBN-13 9781352001235
Required Reading
2009-01-08 The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead by: The Five Things Great Leaders Do Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN 9781422119013 ISBN-13 9781422119013

Title: The Leadership Code( Five Rules to Lead by) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: DaveUlrich <>Publisher: HarvardBusinessSchoolPress

Required Reading
1900-01-01 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't HarperBusiness
ISBN 9780066620992 ISBN-13 9780066620992

Good to Great The coauthor of the bestselling "Built to Last" now presents a blueprint for transforming good companies into great ones. Charts & graphs throughout.

Required Reading
2017-06-06 Transdisciplinary Higher Education: A Theoretical Basis Revealed in Practice Springer
ISBN 3319561847 ISBN-13 9783319561844
Required Reading
2018-07 Leadership
ISBN 1544331940 ISBN-13 9781544331942

"Now with an all-new chapter on Followership! Adopted at more than 1600 institutions in 89 countries and translated into 13 different languages, this market-leading text successfully combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and special emphasis on how leadership theory can inform leadership practice. Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter, allowing students to easily compare and contrast the various theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their personal understanding of their own leadership style. Leadership: Theory and Practice, Eighth Edition provides readers with a user-friendly account of a wide range of leadership research in a clear, concise, and interesting manner"--The publisher.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

Harvard Business Review

Journal of Organizational Change Management

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies

The Leadership Quarterly

URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information

Resources will be added to on an annual basis.