MNM1LPD1-Leadership & Personal Development

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Dalton


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The Personal Development module is an integrated and holistic part of all MBA programmes at Henley Business School. It supports and challenges managers in all aspects of their growth and is a catalyst for reflection on learning from all other modules of the MBA.

Personal Development is defined as the identification and removal of those restraints that limit the likelihood of sustainable individual, organisational, social and environmental health and well-being.


There are four ideas at the heart of the Personal Development activities at Henley:

  1. PD is a holistic activity. It starts with raising self-awareness about capabilities, motivations and ambitions in the context of universal values that create collective principles and personal beliefs. PD promotes lifelong learning and leads to a broad understanding of the role of the manager in society;

  2. Self-awareness requires the space and time to reflect;

  3. From reflection on current reality, learners find and prepare for aims and goals (at work and in life) by establishing awareness of gaps and systematically building a personal action plan;

  4. The articulation of thoughts, emotions, goals and achievements across a range of media, and the demonstration of critical thinking, are necessary outcomes to measure personal development

Assessable learning outcomes:


Intended learning outcomes:

The module encourages each Student to:

  • take control of their direction, have and pursue life and career goals;

  • raise awareness of self and engage in open self-enquiry;

  • act with integrity to obtain maximum benefit for self and organisation from the learning opportunity;

  • reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement and plan for their personal, educational and career development;


Assessable learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding                   Students will:

  1. develop a structured and critical approach to self-development;

  2. state and revise goals, develop a review and planning process;

  3. understand their needs, talents and beliefs as drivers in managing work-life balance and career;

  4. reflect on environmental factors driving change in organisational structure and the patterns and character of work, employment and career.


Cognitive and intellectual skills                   Students will:

  1. record experiences and achievements, reflect critically, and maintain a record with appropriate evidence incorporating a learning journal, on what has been learned and how it has been applied;

  2. identify how to be a more independent learner.


Behavioural skills                                              Students will:

  1. actively seek assumptions through curiosity and questions;

  2. implement an action plan

Additional outcomes:

  1. record experiences, reflections and achievements in a personal learning journal

  1. identify how to be a more independent learner

  2. deploy a range of inter-personal skills, especially those relating to building and working in teams: communication, facilitation and coaching

Outline content:

The key topics covered in all modes of study address the aim of enabling students to develop an appreciation and understanding of

  • Personal development planning and self-development

  • The personal development process: planning, learning, application of learning, reflection and recording

  • Self-awareness and reflection:  

  • Learning as an adult, and “learning to learn”: the learning cycle, lifecycle and learning styles

  • Personality, Values and motivation

  • Reflection in personal development

  • Development plans    

  • Dealing with personal dilemmas and choices: reconciling personality, motives, values and aspirations

  • Gap analysis, goal setting, action planning, reflection and recording progress    

  • Career & Context

  • Networks and Personal Brand     

  • Progression in role and career development

  • The social context of being a manager

  • Personal Branding as a thought leader       

  • The Reflective Practitioner

  • Concept of the Reflective Practitioner

  • Four Elements of Balance 

  • The Integrated Leader

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Personal Development Review and Planning

The module is designed around a core process of teaching and learning by reflection to prepare Students to make the most of their course overall.  Specific tasks for review, reflection and planning are built into the course materials, creating a record that is then updated iteratively throughout Stages 1, 2 and 3. Written formative and summative assessments come at the end of each stages of the programme.

The module uses a blended learning approach combining:          

  • on-line resources and exercises, supporting a study guide, and subject tutors;

  • four, one-day PD workshops;

  • a series of additional online support resources made available throughout the programme.

Contact Hours: Flexible Executive MBA

  Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Lectures 4 2 2
Practical Classes 10 5 5
Independent Study Hours (Guide):      
Wider reading (independent) 4 6 6
Wider reading (directed) 20 15 15
Essay preparation - may include conducting research, analysing data, editing the finished product 2 2 2
Total hours by term 40 30 30

Module total hours 100

(Contact Hours + Independent Study Hours)

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Total hours by term 28
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students submit their first assignment near the end of Stage 1 and then further Personal Development Reviews and Plans at the end of Stages 2 and 3.


Stage 1:                PD Assignment 1              (2,000 words)

Stage 2:                PD Assignment 2              (2,500 words)

Stage 3:                PD Assignment 3              (1,500 words)

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:

As a ‘gateway’ assessment, no marks or grades are awarded. The decision is either a “Proceed” or “Revise”, based on the criteria expressed above to permit an award or progression to the next Stage. Emphasis is placed on providing clear and insightful tutor feedback.

Reassessment arrangements:

A student who requires a second or third resubmission will be encouraged to seek advice and support from the programme and tutor team.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 26 July 2019


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