AH3B01-Leading in the 21st Century: Leadership Challenges and Practices

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: AH2B01 Studying Leadership Strategic Studies and International Relations and AH2B02 Developing Leadership in Others
Non-modular pre-requisites: JCSC(L)
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Sinem Bulkan
Email: s.bulkan@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

AHEP Online module

Summary module description:

The module explores the role of leadership in leading successful and sustainable organisations in the 21st century. The module explores leadership as a multi-facetted approach that reflects the ambiguous, complex and high paced challenges that the organisation, its leaders and employees may face. Thus, it looks at how leadership may become everyone’s job and how engaging leadership may become a capacity of the entire organisation.


By considering contemporary leadership practices and insights, this module will enable students to critically engage with the challenges of effective leadership.


Assessable learning outcomes:

1.Critically evaluate major perspectives and practices in the field of leadership.

2. Understand the contextual influences on effective leadership.

3. Analyse and critically evaluate leadership situations through engagement with real-life case studies.

4. Identify strategies and resources for enhancing effective intrapersonal and interpersonal leadership skills.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

 . 21st Century Leadership

· Leadership and Identity

· Resilient Leadership for Peak Performance

· Exploring the Dynamics of High Performing Teams

· Leadership that Mobilises and Maintains Organisational Energy

· Purposeful and Inspired Followership

· The Leadership Knowing Doing Gap


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Through engagement with theoretical leadership literature in addition to real-life case studies, students will be encouraged to develop their own perspective and practice of engaging and responsible leadership. They will undertake a variety of learning activities including lectures, in-class exercises, self-assessment and supplementary reading. Students will be encouraged to relate their own experiences to their studies and to share these with fellow students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 60
Guided independent study: 140
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Method   Percentage
Written essay including reflective diary, word limit: 3,500  100


Formative assessment methods:

Through in-class discussions, case study work and group discussions, students receive peer feedback and feedback from the tutor on their understanding of the subject. This will directly support work that needs to be undertaken for the summative assessments.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the arrangements as laid out in the programme guide.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Module pass mark of 40%

Reassessment arrangements:

These are in accordance with the arrangements for resubmission as laid out in the programme guide.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):


Last updated: 8 April 2021


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