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Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through workshops, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Scott Allan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course aims are:

  • to provide you an understanding of how leadership can be understood with reference to different leadership theory as it has evolved over time;
  • to raise your awareness of the role of context and culture in leadership;
  • to enable you to apply leadership theory as a tool to evaluate leadership in given scenarios;
  • to help you reflect on your own approach to leadership to help you with future leadership challenges.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Seminars during University week8
  • 10 Seminars during University week9
  • 1 Seminar during University week10

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments


2000-word Reflective Review (100%)


Resit: 2,000-word Reflective Essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionApplyCommunicate leadership ideas effectively
ConceptualEvaluateArticulate what leadership is and why it is important
ReflectionAnalyseRecognise and appreciate the impact of the leader-follower relationship
ReflectionUnderstandRecognise, understand and appreciate the different leadership theories and approaches
ReflectionAnalyseUnderstand the importance of “context” for shaping appropriate leadership skill-sets, behaviour and approaches
ProceduralApplyBe able to apply a range of leadership tools and techniques in support of addressing different challenges

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