The leadership challengeUNIVERSITÀ DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
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Course description and objectives
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and analytical capabilities needed to practice leadership in modern organisations. It explores the nature of leadership in terms of how individuals effectively build agreement to shared goals and courses of action and facilitate organisational movement toward the achievement of these goals. In particular, we highlight theory and research that accounts for how leaders acquire and exercise social influence in a manner that contributes to their credibility and the motivation of their followers. We make note of individual differences in leader behaviour and examine in what instances situations determine the salience of these differences. The emphasis of the course will be on application of theory, comparing and contrasting ideas, self-reflection, and self-discovery of one’s own leadership potential and strengths.
The core idea is to present theory derived from multiple disciplines (communication, sociology, economics, psychology, social psychology, and organizational behaviour) in a matter that facilitates practical application in real-world groups and organisations. Throughout the course, we identify mechanisms that may contribute to or diminish leaders’ ability to achieve results that are desirable to these groups and organisations. Furthermore, we address important ethical discussions in the modern practice of leadership.
Topics covered in the course include:
- Introduction: Leadership in Organisations
- Influence & Power
- Insights into Human Motivation
- Great Men: Individual Differences & Leadership
- Transformational Leadership
- Leadership Communication
- Building Effective Leader-Member Relationships
- Shared Leadership & Team Working
- Leaders & Social Networks
- Leading Change
- Culture & Leadership
These topics interconnect to explain the process of leadership in differing types of groups and organisations. Their discussion equips students with the theory and research driven knowledge that is necessary to engage in effective leadership in diverse and/or international environments.
Through the use of case studies, students will develop their practical skills by applying learned theories to real world organisational problems. Self-discovery exercises will be used to assist students with gaining a sense of their own leadership strengths and potential.
The course is ideally suited to those who wish to develop their unique leadership abilities and better understand the leadership process of others.
Participation 30%, Group Presentation 20%, Final Take-Home Exam 50%"
Enrollment required. Limited number of participants.