MQM2RL-Responsible Leadership

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Bernd Vogel


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Summary module description

This core module is offered in Stage 2 of the MA Leadership, a part-time programme for experienced leaders or managers, with significant leadership responsibility. This module is specifically aimed at developing leadership skills in programme members regarding practices for individuals, teams and organisations for leadership with purpose and responsibility for self and society. It is delivered by a combination of face-to-face workshops, small group work, continuous transfer to individual programme member context, personal reflection and self-study, over a period of several months, alongside other modules within Stage 2.



This module aims to:

? Develop the understanding and capability of individuals to pursue purposeful, meaningful, and responsible leadership of self, teams, organisations, and society

? Develop an understanding of the link between purpose, meaning, and responsibility of managers and performance

? Help programme members understand challenges of leadership and self-leadership with courage, resilience, integrity and reputation

? Encourage programme members to discover and apply leadership strategies, tools, practices for purposeful and responsible leading

? Understand and apply leadership principles and instruments regarding personal integrity, organisational reputation, and ethical considerations

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable outcomes

? Knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical models and approaches of purposeful and responsible leadership of self, teams, organisations, and society

? Application of concept based practices of purposeful and responsible leadership

? A range of theoretical models, approaches and practices regarding leaders’ courage and resilience

? Knowledge and understanding of a range of models and techniques to inspire and influence people upwards and downwards in an organisation

? Analytical skills of interpreting challenges regarding personal and organisations values and personal integrity and organisational reputation

The programme member will receive feedback from peers and tutors on these outcomes throughout the module. This will contribute to their reflective final assignment for assessment

Additional outcomes:

Additional outcomes

? Understanding and experience of programme members’ own sense of identity

? Understanding and exploration of programme members’ purpose

? Personal reflection on courageous moments in programme members’ leadership experience

? Developing a set of individualised, situation specific recommendations and action plans for programme members’ purposeful and responsible leadership (re-)thinking and activities

Outline content:

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics:

? Leadership purpose and responsibility at different levels of the organization

? Leader’s identity, courage and resilience

? Leadership and personal and organisations values

? Leadership, personal integrity, organisational reputation, and ethical leadership

? Instilling positive deviance - leadership to making a positive difference

? Decision-making in a multi-stakeholder context

? The role of business in society and corporate responsibility as process

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

There will be a 2 day workshop and two half day workshops separated by several months to allow for reflection and practice. Teaching methods include working in a whole group of up to 50 with one or two tutors, and in smaller groups of up to 8 programme members. Other learning activities take place in pairs and individual reflection.

Teaching includes input from tutors, demonstrations of techniques and practice in small groups. Plenary discussion and table discussions are encouraged. Formative and summative feedback is given as appropriate.

Programme members are expected to draw on their practical leadership experience in their own or other organisations to practice and consolidate their learning. After the initial workshop in this module, the programme members prepare summary presentations and write their assignments. They have access to the Virtual Learning Environment throughout the programme, until the end of their registration period.

Programme members are encouraged to keep a personal learning log, paper or electronic, during both this module and the complete programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 24
Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Guided independent study 140
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Following on from the workshop during the subsequent ‘practice’ period of several months, programme members develop a personal purpose-instilled leadership development plan with their desired developmental goals and targets. Programme members will design a range of purpose-instilled leadership and learning activities which provide the opportunity to demonstrate acquired skill and develop further. These will be discussed in the final assessment, which will comprise:

? An group presentation, approximately 30 to 40 minutes, and

? A written assignment of 3000 words, based on the experience of the purpose-instilled leadership practice and personal leadership development during the overall period of the module. This should reflect on the activities which took place both in ‘live’ practice and at the workshops, the learning gained from it, the programme member’s learning reflections, and be underpinned with reference and critical analysis of the relevant literature.


One presentation and one 3,000 word assignment.

40% presentation (40% of this as peer assessment) and 60% written assignment

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Requirements for a pass


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment arrangements

One re-submission (written assignment) allowed, capped at 50%

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 19 November 2018


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