Strategic leadership is the cornerstone of business and organisational success and an obvious starting point for the study of global leadership. This unit will introduce students to traditional and current leadership theories, before moving on to focus on the concept and theory of strategic leadership. The unit will also introduce theories of leadership from a global perspective including developing a strategic vision and creating a global mind-set.
Developing Leadership Skills
Effective leadership in a global environment requires self-awareness, self-diagnostic reflection and thereafter development of appropriate leadership skills. This unit will familiarise students with the relevant skills and attributes needed by present day global leaders, help students identify their own developmental needs and support their leadership skills development. This will cover crucial leadership development topics including emotional intelligence, personality differences and leadership coaching.
Ethical and Sustainable Leadership
Leading in an ethical and integral manner is crucial to current local and global organisations. Corporate social responsibility and sustainable leadership is key to success in organisations globally. This unit will provide an understanding of ethics and sustainability, including teleological and deontological theories of ethics, theories and models of ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility, controversies of marketing and corporate social responsibility, politics, power and conflict, religious influence, corruption and the dark side of leadership.
Leading Diversity in a Global Context
The global workplace is characterised by diversity. This unit will explore leading a globally diverse workforce; in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, social identity, stereotyping, discrimination, inter-group conflict and structural integration. This will include organisational approaches to diversity as well as the enablers and barriers to interventions to encourage inclusion in the workplace.
Leadership in a Digital Era
Digitalisation is a key component of success in present day global organisations. This unit reviews the digital context for work and its implications for leaders. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethics.
Developing a thorough understanding of how leadership research is conducted is essential for success as a postgraduate student. This unit introduces students to the research process of conducting a literature review, understanding philosophical paradigms, and research methodologies including quantitative and qualitative approaches. It discusses how to identify a business issue for research and how to situate this within a relevant body of academic literature. It explores the literature review process and analyses key considerations in research design.
Leadership in Action
This unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to practice core leadership skills in a safe environment, working in teams focusing on real life case studies. Students will need to consider why someone should follow them as a leader and justify their arguments based on theory and practice. To support this learning process, they will participate in a series of experiential exercises and role-plays in a residential weekend. The unit will be drawing on the experiences of a series of business leaders who are all working for multi-national corporations.
Change is the only constant thing in organizations’. Leading change both locally and globally requires individuals to have the skills, knowledge and understanding on how to manage successful change. Leaders therefore, need to have self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to inter-cultural factors, whilst delivering a change programme. Within this context, the aim of this unit is to enable students to evaluate their own leadership style and approach to change from both an individual and a global perspective.
Experience and expertise of conducting a leadership research project can be critical to higher level learning on leadership. On this unit, students will work on and produce an empirical dissertation on leadership. This will involve identifying a suitable area of research in leadership, conducting a literature review, justifying the research design, collecting data, analysing data, discussing findings, presenting recommendations and conclusions. Students may choose to carry out a consultancy dissertation, based on a current or potential employer. The project could be aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry.