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Leading with Impact: developing your leadership skills, becoming a leader. (19CIE15873)

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S semester

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Group Teacher Department Language
Marc Correa Domenech Dirección de Personas y Organización ENG


The call for leadership is strong. A quick look at the front page of the daily newspaper confirms our collective yearning for leadership across sectors, institutions and borders to resolve the dilemmas of complexities of modern life. The assumption is that good leaders make a difference and that we are better off because of them.

Ask around you: do we need more leadership around here? The answer will be: absolutely yes. Ask the same people: what is leadership? And listen to their halting responses. For some, leadership is synonymous with very good management. For others it centers on persuasive abilities. Some equate leadership with heroic figures, while other with a very charismatic person.

Leadership is complex. All that we know confirms that. But if we don't understand at a basic level what leadership is (and is not), how we can prepare ourselves to lead well?

This course is designed to inform students in the Master of Science programs - and thus future business leaders - in a full-range view of leadership - leading self, leading others, leading organizations and leading a responsible business in society. Since leaders are made, not born, it is important to establish as early as possible a reflective understanding for the fundamentals and crucibles of leadership. Effective and responsible leadership requires leaders who are aware of the context in which they lead, the purpose of their leadership project, their stakeholders, their responsibilities, limitations and strengths, as well as the challenges and dilemmas they may encounter. In other words, they need to demonstrate self-awareness and awareness of others, that is, of followers as stakeholders. In addition, leaders need to know how and where to grow - and how they can help others to grow and become leaders in their own right.

Course Learning Objectives

- To explore the fundamentals of business leadership
- To deepen the understanding of leadership as a relational, contextual and complex phenomenon.
- To understand that leadership takes place at individual, team, organizational levels and at the intersection of business and society
- To understand responsible leadership and what makes a responsible leader
- To helps participants develop and deepen their own leadership skills
- To develop critical thinking


1. What¿s Leadership

Introduction to course

2. Self-leadership

An exercise on the importance of self-leadership, the purpose of your life¿s work and how to become an authentic leader

3. The ethical challenges of leadership

An inquiry into the inner theatre of leaders

4. Communication

No leader can succeed without mastering the art of persuasion. But there¿s a hard science in that skill. Leaders must learn how to give and receive advice effectively to do their jobs well, but the exchange is hard work on both sides of the table.

5. Decision-making

Leadership is about making decisions. This session will provide a framework for efective decision-making

6. Leadership styles

Contrary to what much of the literature says, your type of leadership style is not what matters.

7. Team leadership

How to master the art of leading a team

8. Leading across cultures & teams

Competencies for leading in a connected world

9. Leading change

Leaders can make a change happen only if they have a coherent strategy and follow the process.
Strong leaders can hear and learn from their critics.

10. Leading change - simulator

During this session a computer-based simulator will be used to deep dive into the change management field


The course will include lecturing, debates, business games & simulators, guest speakers, experiential learning activities and student presentations.



Description %
Individual participation (attendance, contribution) 20
Learning Journal 35
Presentations 45

Assessment criteria

Grading system:
Individual contribution: 20%
Learning Journal: 35%
Presentations: 45%

Individual contribution (20%)
Regular class attendance is required (80% of the sessions) and active participation encouraged.

Learning Journal (35%)
After each session students will be required to write up his or her learning journal. This learning journal will be submitted to the Professor before the next session. The Learning Jounral is an opportunity to practice the critical thinking method to reflect upon concepts, readings, experiences shared or lived in class, as well as your own thought thoughts during the session

Presentations (45%)
We will be using different learning methodologies during this course in order to assist student-learning. One of these methodologies is based on group work. According to the grid (see below), every session will have two group presentations where the groups will be covering assigned papers.

Before the beginning of the class each group will submit the presentation for evaluation and during the class will present the main ideas to the rest of the class. The presentation will last no more than 10 minutes.


The best textbook:
Yulk, G. (2013) Leadership in Organizations 8th ed. Pearson Education: Essex.

The best short introduction:
Jackson, B., Parry, K. (2011). A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying leadership. London/Thousand Oaks/New Delhi/Singapore: Sage.

Other sources:
Antonakis, J./Ciancolo, A.T./Sternberg, R.J. (2006), eds., The nature of leadership, Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Bolden, R. et al. (2011). Exploring Leadership. Oxford University Press.
Bennis, W. and Nanus, B. (2003). Leaders. Strategies for taking charge. Harper: New York.
Ciulla, J., ed. (1998) Ethics. The heart of leadership, Quorum, Westport, CT.
Clegg, S., Kornberger, M. & Pitsis, T. (2008). Managing & Organizations. An Introduction to theory & practice. Sage: Los Angeles/London/New Delhi/Singapore.
DePree, M. (1989). Leadership is an art. Dell: New York.
Elkington, J. and Hartigan, P. (2008) The power of unreasonable people, Harvard Business Press: Boston, MA.
Friedman, S.D. (2008). Total leadership. Boston: Harvard Business Press
George, B. (2003). Authentic leadership. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA.
Hsieh, T. (2010). Delivering happiness. A path to profits, passion, and purpose. Business Plus: New York/Boston.
Kouzes, J.M. and Posner, B.Z. (2010). The truth about leadership. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA.
Maak, T./Pless, N.M. (2006), eds., Responsible leadership, Routledge: London/New York.
Rost, J.C. (1991) Leadership for the 21st Century, Quorum: Westport, CT.
Quinn, R.E. (1996) Deep Change. Discovering the leader within. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Timetable and sections

Group Teacher Department
Marc Correa Domenech Dirección de Personas y Organización