HR9733 - Leader Identity and Leadership

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What will I learn on this module?

The module will engage you in a process of analysing yourself as a leader; involving you in a detailed self-analysis and a personal development planning process. The module considers contemporary leadership theory from the perspective of leadership behaviours that are effective in developing authenticity in your leadership approach. You will engage in a number of individual diagnostic activities using tools provided by the teaching team that will consider the role of personality preference, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence and feedback from others in relation to your leadership impact. You will consider your identity as a leader; exploring your values, motives and goals and thereby develop intra and interpersonal awareness through critical reflection. You will evaluate your leadership style in terms of your impact on others in your organizational context. The module draw from themes such as:
? Understanding Self
? Destructive Leadership
? Self- Perception and Identity
? Making sense of your Leadership and Identity

How will I learn on this module?

For part time learners, the module consists of workshops and an individual guidance session on the assignment. The workshops are interactive, with a mix of taught input, participation in group discussion, group activities, case studies and individual reflection. For distance learning, there are podcast sessions covering the module content covered by the workshops. These are signposted and explained by weekly e mails, informing you of the objectives of each session, the directed learning activities and any requirement to join a discussion on the topic via an online discussion board.

For both the Part Time and the Distance Learning provision, there will be directed reading and work based learning activities to complete between the workshops/weekly podcasts and an opportunity for you to link your theoretical understanding of the topic to your practical experience and thus to achieve a reflective and critical understanding of your role within your organisation. This directed individual learning provides a further opportunity to integrate the material covered within the module with your existing professional experience. This then feeds into the analysis required for the module assessment. The learning strategy therefore places considerable emphasis upon independent and work-based learning, alongside the formal input from the module tutor and the use of recommended sources.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

There will be an induction session before the start of the module which provides an opportunity to find out what is expected of you, the support available, access to resources and importantly, an opportunity to meet your fellow learners. Getting to know other learners in your group is of particular importance for this module, as you will be sharing your experiences of being a leader in your own organisation and as such it is essential that we facilitate a learning environment where you feel safe and supported in order to maximise your own learning about leadership and self.
As part of this module, we will provide you with a taught session on accessing our e-learning portal, accessing resources from the library, academic referencing and writing academic assignments. This will be supported by on line podcasts on the e-learning portal covering all aspects of academic study and access to the academic skills materials.
There will be an assignment briefing during the workshops covering what is expected and guidance on completion. For distance learners there is an assignment briefing via a podcast. There is an opportunity for formative feedback on a draft outline of your assignment via the assignment surgery for part time learners and electronic feedback for distance learners.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be expected to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1) Analyse your leadership approach, underlying values and motives and the evolution of your leader identity through critical reflection and evaluation

2) Demonstrate critical understanding of the concepts of effective leadership behaviours through contemporary theory

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:


3) Demonstrate how development of your capability has been informed by action, reflection, reflexivity and evaluation

4) Evaluate the effectiveness of your leadership approach in your context

5) Plan for greater effectiveness as a leader, with a positive impact on others

How will I be assessed?

The module is summatively assessed by submission of a detailed 4,500 - 5,000 word report which requires you to:

a) Critically evaluate your leader identity and leadership capability in the context of your organisation.

b) Provide evidence to support your evaluation of your current capability and a plan that outlines your future approaches for personal development and effective leadership and work with others

(This will address module learning outcomes 1-5)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module will be both stimulating and enlightening in terms of your practice as a leader and/or manager. The module engages you in a process of self analysis, supporting you in discovering and making meaning from your self-analysis to ultimately helping you to draw conclusions about your future development as a leader. You will engage in a number of individual diagnostic activities using tools provided by the teaching team that will consider the role of personality preference, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence and feedback from others in relation to your leadership impact. You will consider your identity as a leader; exploring your values, motives and goals and thereby develop intra and interpersonal awareness through personal reflection. This process of learning will enable you to formulate a personal leadership development plan for your future.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 and a half years distance learning

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start October 2018

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