NS7124: Global Leadership


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NS7124: Global Leadership

Module Title Global Leadership
Module Code NS7124
Module Tutor Josie Truscott
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

Leadership remains one of the top three concerns of organisations across sectors, nationalities and demographics. Good leadership transforms organisations, whereas poor or ineffective leadership can spark national and international crises. However, despite a plethora of research and new theories, the essence of what comprises good leadership, and--even more compelling-- how to nurture or grow it, remains tantalizingly complex to articulate or measure. This module explores theories around leadership, best practice in selecting and retaining the right leader for a business, and what happens when a “toxic leader” disrupts the culture of an organisation. Drawing on recent case studies to illustrate the damage triadic personalities can cause, the module explores how occupational psychologists can help organisations limit the impact of toxic leaders and maximise the benefits of good leadership.

Indicative Syllabus

Using high profile examples to illustrate the pivotal role of leadership within the organisation, the module explores:


  1. Leadership theories and models
  • Historical background
  • Current thinking on leadership
  1. Culture
  • Practical selection approaches
  • Leaders’ motivations
  • Organizational citizenship
  • Power in organisations
  1. Performance management
  • Appraisals
  • Difficult conversations
  1. Toxic leaders
  • Impact on organisations
  • Derailment
  • Managing and mitigating risk.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of leadership theories, style, influence and measurement and their application to contemporary leadership;
  2. Draw on their knowledge to identify the predominant culture of an organisation, applying psychological theories of motivation, goals and cognition;
  3. Provide organisations with informed and evidenced advice to support the selection of good leaders, and the appraisal and management of performance and potential;
  4. Recognise toxic leaders, derailment and counterproductive behaviours and advise around mitigating their impact.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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