HR9587 - Team Leadership

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about team leadership, including the team context in which it happens, different styles and configurations of leadership, your own preferences and capabilities, the impacts of leadership, and some differences between good and bad leadership. This module encourages you to develop an awareness of a range of leadership theories which will enhance your ability to reflect on your own practice and the leadership behaviours of those around you. The module is designed to include the following themes:

1. The situation of leadership: How does the context help to determine how leadership occurs? You will reflect on team dynamics in the context of the EBM programme and the way that the ethos and structures of the programme affect leadership in this situation.

2. The meaning of leadership, good and bad: What do people mean by leadership and how have our ideas of this changed over time? You should gain an overview of leadership theory, be able to articulate what you mean by leadership, and understand some of the differences between good and bad leadership.

3. Mainstream leadership theories. You will develop an understanding of key mainstream leadership theories (e.g. transformational leadership, authentic leadership, situational leadership) and be able to analyse and critique these.

4. Other models: You will develop an awareness of a range of alternative models, such as servant leadership and action-centred leadership. This will include contemporary research into changing leadership practices, e.g. on shared leadership and followership.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by reading and reflecting on practice. This module is designed to encourage you to read and critique key leadership theories. You will be expected to read key texts on each of the theories recommended, to reflect on these and to consider how your experience of practice relates. This reflection should be focused on the context of your team and your business projects on the EBM programme, and it should include both your own leadership and behaviours and those of others, and it should include reflections on following as well as leading.
As with the rest of the EBM programme, the background learning approach is experiential and, throughout, you are expected to related theory to your own experience. However, the module is also intended to help you to absorb and discuss formal academic theory, bringing your awareness of leadership theory up to date with recent research.

You will be supported with a teaching and learning plan and a structured reading list. This will outline key stages of the work and the content of formal seminars. Reading and discussion are expected to be supported through seminars and reading groups. Coaching sessions are expected to provide material for experiential learning and time for discussion and reflection on the topics covered.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutor, other tutors on the EBM programme, and by your team coach.
Materials will be available through the e-learning portal.
You will also be encouraged to use online self-assessment materials, for instance with regard to leadership styles.
Access to textbooks and academic articles will be provided through the University Library.
Aside from formal sessions, additional support will be available from the module tutor in response to the needs to students, for instance in pursuing a particular line of enquiry relevant to completion of an assignment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and some evidence of critical understanding of underlying concepts and principles associated with business leadership

2. Show understanding of own perspective and preferences.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Apply leadership knowledge in a team context in order to appreciate potential implications for entrepreneurial performance

4. Show self-reflection and ability to adapt personal behaviours.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be provided through coaching sessions and / or in seminars, where you will be asked to reflect on your observations of leadership.

Summative assessment will be in the form of a written assignment which should demonstrate your achievement of all module learning outcomes.





Module abstract

This module will assist you to reflect on leadership in the context of an entrepreneurial team, and to develop your own leadership potential. It is designed to give a broad overview of leadership theory relevant to the context of the Entrepreneurial Business Management programme, and to give an understanding of how leadership may help to determine the outcomes of entrepreneurial activity. It will also allow you to pursue particular topics of interest within the broad topic area of leadership and to explore these both in theory and in practice. Assessment of the module is through presentation which may be either individual or group, giving you the option of presenting on your own or working with others in your team if you wish.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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