Principles of Leadership

10 Units

This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of group development and leadership within organisations. Students will have opportunities throughout the course to apply the various theories covered in the lectures to organisational scenarios. This course requires students to work in small groups on a topic of their choice for which they will make a presentation to the class.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Provide and grasp the relevance of different definitions of “leadership” and “teamwork” based on the literature.
  2. Provide in-depth analyses of teams and leadership within organisations.
  3. Critique relationships between leadership and teams.
  4. Specify the limitations and potential of teams.
  5. Discuss cultural differences in leadership and in the use of teams.
  6. Critically analyse current leadership theories and teamwork models.
  7. Indicate, according to current research and/or workplace experience, strategies for enhancing teamwork and leadership practices.
  8. Reflect on ways to develop their own leadership skills and functioning in teams.

Leadership and Management Two-factor theories of leadership Contingency theories of leadership The Trait approach to leadership Cognitive structures and Leadership Charismatic leadership Transactional/Transformational Leadership Strategic Leadership Cascading Leadership Power, Persuasion and Influence Tactics Leading Change Types of Teams Team-building Leadership in Teams Team Roles Decision-Making and Creativity in Teams Advantages and Disadvantages of Teams Organisational politics and leadership
Trust and Empowerment Direct and indirect effects of leadership Leadership and organisational culture Leadership and national culture Team heterogeneity and national culture Developing leadership skills

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge GSBS6020 - Organisational Behaviour (or Equivalent)
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Case Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1500 - 2500 words
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Journal -
  • Presentations - Group -
  • Quiz - Class -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for GSBS6070

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