AHM004-Leading in the 21st Century: Leadership Challenges and Practices

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: AHM002 Developing Leadership in Others and AHM001 Studying Leadership Strategic Studies and International Relations
Non-modular pre-requisites: JOLP3, JOTAC, 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 at a senior level in successful and sustainable organisations in the 21st century. The module explores leadership as a multi-facetted, multi-level approach that reflects the ambiguous, complex and high paced challenges that the Army, its officers, and soldiers may face. The complexity of leading in multi-agency, international environments reflects the senior nature of the student.  The depth of understanding which provides a reflective and considered approach to leadership, taking into account significant issues or missions, as well as potentially large teams is reflected in the learning and its application. 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. A systematic understanding of key literature and theories in the subject area, as well as knowledge of the contemporary environment and its impacts.

  2. Critically evaluate major perspectives and practices in the field of leadership and provide original application of this knowledge in the given context.

  3. Understand the contextual influences on effective leadership.

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

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

  6. Competence in research skills and advanced scholarship

Additional outcomes:

  • Self-reflection on how the various emerging trends in leadership research can be leveraged to improve individual and organisational leadership practice.

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


Global context:

The context of this module will extend to the Global nature of army employment and deployment and will take into account international situations and cultures where leadership will be required.

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, 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
Tutorials 60
Guided independent study: 240
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:



Written essay including reflective diary, word limit: 3,500  


Formative assessment methods:

Through chat rooms and module forums, students will receive formative assessment and development feedback.

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 50% 

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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