MQM2ILP-Inclusive Leadership

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Jean- Anne Stewart

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module forms part of the PGDip Leadership (Senior Leader Apprenticeship) programme and, as such, sets out to provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by senior leaders in today’s world.  The module covers the challenges of leading in an ethical, inclusive, supportive and collaborative culture, demonstrating responsibility to key internal and external stakeholders. This includes an introduction to neuroscience, reporting to relevant boards and influencing decision-making. 


This module builds on the materials covered in Foundations of Leadership, Leading Personal Transformation and Leadership in Complexity and Change, and is focused on Inclusive Leadership in organisations. 



The module aims to: 

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

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

  • Increase awareness of the challenges of leadership and self-leadership with courage, resilience, integrity and reputation 

  • Encourage programme members to discover and apply leadership strategies, tools, practices for ethical and inclusive leadership 

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

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable learning outcomes: 

By the end of the module, it is expected that programme members may be able to demonstrate their ability in the following areas: 


To know and understand: 

K6: Ethics and values-based leadership theories and principles. 

K13: The external social and political environment and use of diplomacy w ith diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders. 

K14: Working with board and other company leadership structures. 

K15: Brand and reputation management. 

K16: Working with corporate leadership structures, for example, the markets it operates in, roles and responsibilities, who its stakeholders are and what they require from the organisation and the sustainability agenda. 

K19: Approaches to developing a Corporate Social Responsibility programme. 

K20: The organisation’s developing communications strategy and its link to their area of responsibility. 

Additional outcomes:

Additional Learning Outcomes: 


S6: Act as a Sponsor/Ambassador, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries such as those impacted by sustainability and the UK Net Carbon Zero by 2050 target. 

S7: Challenge strategies and operations in terms of ethics, responsibility, sustainability, resource allocation and business continuity/risk management. 

S8: Apply principles relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and Regulatory compliance. 

S13: Use personal presence and "storytelling" to articulate and translate vision into operational strategies, demonstrating clarity in thinking. 

S14: Create an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference and promoting well-being. 

S19: Manage relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders. 

S20: Lead within their area of control/authority, influencing both upwards and outwards, negotiating and using advocacy skills to build reputation and effective collaboration. 

S21: Shape and manage the communications strategy for their area of responsibility. 



B1: Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. 

B4: Value difference and champion diversity. 

B5: Seek continuous professional development opportunities for self and wider team. 


Additional Outcomes 

• Confidence 

• Understanding the importance and use of reflection in learning and leadership  

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics: 

• Leadership purpose and responsibility at different levels of the organization 

• Organisational values and reputation 

• Understanding the leader’s identity, values and resilience 

•  An introduction to neuroscience 

• Promoting ethical and inclusive leadership to make&nbs p;a positive difference 

• Decision-making in a multi-stakeholder context 

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

Global context:

The module is taught with reference to the global context of the learners’ organisations and their experiences. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning takes place through a blended learning approach. The teaching and learning methods comprise a combination of self-study via a range of online materials on the Canvas learning platform, face-to-face workshops with Faculty and a Learning Coach, who supports the cohort throughout the module.  The learners follow an inquiry based approach, and each person participates in a facilitated Action Learning set of approxim ately 6 - 8 learners in week 6 of the module. 


Materials on Canvas include content on-screen, videos, PowerPoint presentations, journal articles, book chapters, practical activities and reflection points.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Seminars 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Work-based learning 80
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Peer assisted learning 3
    Advance preparation for classes 2
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 5,000 word individual assignment, to be submitted as per the submission schedule for the cohort.

Formative assessment methods:

Facilitated learning activities are undertaken during the module, including formative feedback of the assignment. 

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the programme specifications. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Formative assessment requirements: 

Formative assessment is either a “Proceed” or “Revise”, and emphasis is placed on providing feedback. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Formative reassessment arrangements: 

One resubmission.


Reassessment arrangements for summative assessment: 

Reassessment by 100% assignment, capped at 50%. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 9 March 2022


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