HR9727 - Leader Identity and Leadership

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What will I learn on this module?

The module will engage you in a conceptual exploration of classical and contemporary theories of leadership to provide a foundation for analysing and developing yourself and others as leaders. You will consider your identity as a leader, your values, motives and goals and thereby develop intra and interpersonal awareness through critical reflection and evaluation. You will engage in a number of activities designed by the teaching team that will help you to understand what it means to be a responsible effective leader. You will also further explore the relationship between leadership and followership, and demonstrate how leadership practice is influenced by diversity. The module draws from themes such as:
? Established and emerging theories of leadership
? Leader development
? Leader identity and identity formation
? Diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation)

How will I learn on this module?

This module is delivered through a combination of online resources, directed learning, group learning and independent learning. The taught sessions are interactive, with a mix of taught input, participation in group discussion, group activities, case studies, and individual reflection.
There will be directed reading and experiential learning activities to complete between the taught sessions 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.

Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. During the workshops you will be encouraged to discuss the theories and concepts with the tutors and your peers to understand how these relate to your own work based experiences. The module will provide directed activities to enable you to transfer the learning into your workplace and provide an opportunity for you to apply and evidence the development of your own professional practice. Finally, there will be an opportunity for you to reflect and review your learning with your workplace mentor and executive coach.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module is delivered by an experienced teaching team who will provide ongoing advice and guidance on the module and your progress. You will be supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan which outlines the structure and content of the formal sessions, and also appropriate tutor-directed learning and independent reading. The module is also supported by an online Blackboard site which includes learning materials and additional resources. 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.

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:
On completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Analyse your leadership approach, underlying values and motives and the evolution of your leader identity through critical reflection and evaluation;
2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the field of leadership theory by critically analysing leadership models, frameworks, and approaches.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On completion of the module you will be able to:

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership in the context of an organization;

4. Plan for greater effectiveness as a leader, with a positive impact on others.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On completion of the module you will be able to:

5. Demonstrate how diversity influences leadership practice.

Programme (Level) Learning Outcomes that this module contributes to:

For detail on how this module maps to the programme learning outcomes, please refer to the programme specification learning and teaching matrix.

Mapping to SLMDA Outcomes

1.1 Knows how to shape organisational vision, culture and values.
3.1 Knowledge of ethics and values based leadership.
5.1 Knowledge of organisational/team dynamics and how to build engagement and develop high performance, agile and collaborative cultures.

2.3 Initiates and leads change in the organisation, creates environment for innovation and creativity, establishing the value of ideas and change initiatives and drives continuous improvement.
2.5 Acts where needed as a Sponsor, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries.

7.1 Has high levels of self-awareness, emotional and social intelligence, empathy and compassion, and able to identify mental well-being in others.
7.2 Works collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. Acts with humility and authenticity, is credible, confident and resilient.
8.1 Takes personal accountability aligned to clear values. Instils confidence demonstrating honesty, integrity, openness, and trust.
8.2 Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems.
10.1 Engaging with all – is ethical and demonstrates inclusivity, recognising diversity, championing, enabling cultural inclusion.
10.2 Actively seeks to coach and mentor.
11.1 Reflects on own performance, demonstrates professional standards in relation behaviour and ongoing development.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: In each of the taught sessions you will complete a range of activities and engage in a number of discussions. Formative feedback will be provided by your tutors and your peers and this feedback will assist you in developing the necessary knowledge and understanding and personal skills to enhance your performance on the module.
Summative assessment: The summative assessment for this module comprises two components (component 2 is shared with module HR9728 Responsible Business).

Component 1: Leader Interview (50%)
Interview a leader and using appropriate theory, summarise and analyse the interview (2,500 words). This assesses module learning outcomes 2-4.

Component 2: Responsible Leadership Consultancy Project (50%)
This part of the assessment is in two parts: the report (40%) and the presentation (10%).
Part 1: Report (40%): Using a variety of action learning techniques conduct an analysis of the state of leadership in an organisation (5,000 words)
Part 2 Presentation (10%): A presentation focusing on key findings of the analysis

(This will address module learning outcomes 1-5)
This component is shared with HR9728 Responsible Business.





Module abstract

Are leaders born, or can they be developed? What does it mean to be a responsible leader? The module is designed to be both stimulating and enlightening in terms of your practice as a leader and/or manager, as informed by classical and contemporary theories of leadership. The module will engage you in a process of analysing yourself and others as leaders, and how you can progress leadership through development. You will consider your identity as a leader; your values, motives and goals and thereby develop intra and interpersonal awareness. You will engage in a number of activities designed by the teaching team that will help you to understand what it means to be a responsible effective leader. You will also further explore the relationship between leadership and followership, and demonstrate how leadership practice is influenced by diversity.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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