Inspirational Leadership


Course Name

Inspirational Leadership

Course Code


Number of Contact Hours

45 hours

Credit Hours

3 Credit Hour

Duration and Frequency

  • 15 sessions 
  • Each session = 3 hours
  • Frequency: daily Monday to Friday
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Mode of Delivery

  • Online/ On Campus/ Hybrid 


Professional Development – 

C – Management and Leadership


Inspirational leadership takes us on a journey through the new world of leadership, one in which leaders inspire their followers to find new meaning in their work lives. Organizations cannot inspire, only people can, but it is possible to create an inspiring organization. There is just one way to do this: By inspiring people, one soul at a time. 


You will explore your own leadership style through conversations with your peers, and acquire the necessary self-confidence to make good decisions based on the opinions and ideas of others, even if they are contradictory.  You will also hear perspectives on leadership from outstanding leaders such as an Olympic athlete, business executives, and other distinguished guest speakers.



The objectives of this subject are to help students to understand:

  • Understanding your role as manager and leader 
  • Establishing clear objectives and standards of performance for your team 
  • Managing your workload using effective prioritisation, delegation and information management techniques 
  • Learn the secrets used by all inspirational leaders
  • Develop an optimistic vision that will motivate your team
  • Decide how you want to be perceived and act accordingly
  • Learn the “Language of leadership”
  • Develop plans that will achieve the vision
  • Handle conflict within the team
  • Learn how to inspire yourself first, then inspire others



On completion of this subject, students are expected to:

  1. Learn the secrets used by all inspirational leaders
  2. Develop an optimistic vision that will motivate your team
  3. Decide how you want to be perceived and act accordingly
  4. Learn the “Language of leadership”
  5. Develop plans that will achieve the vision
  6. Handle conflict within the team
  7. Learn how to inspire yourself first, then inspire others


Course Outline:

 Session 1 – Power and Influence

  • Conceptions of Power and Authority
  • Power Types and Sources
  • How Power Is Acquired or Lost
  • Consequences of Position and Personal Power
  • How Much Power Should Leaders Have?
  • Influence Tactics
  • Power and Influential Behaviour
  • Use and Effectiveness of Influence Tactics


Session 2 – Charismatic and Transformational Leadership

  • Attribution Theory to Charismatic Leadership
  • Self Concept Theory of Charismatic Leadership
  • Other Concepts of Charisma
  • Consequences of Charismatic Leadership
  • Research Methods for Assessing The Theories
  • Transformational Vs. Charismatic Leadership
  • Evaluation of the Theories
  • Applications: Guidelines for Leaders


Session 3 – Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Self-assessment exercise:—my emotional competency profile —my self-awareness inventory 
  • What makes people act the way they do 
  • How to manage anxieties and self-doubts as a leader 
  • How to enhance my self-awareness and self-management skills with emotional intelligence 
  • How to come back from a setback 
  • Creating vision with emotional intelligence 
  • Delegating with emotional intelligence 
  • Influencing and motivating with emotional intelligence 
  • Coaching and confronting with emotional intelligence 
  • How to build relationships based on emotional intelligence 
  • Reflection exercise and action planning 

Session 4 – Leadership in Teams and Decision Groups

  • The Nature of Teams 
  • Determinants of Team Performance
  • Leadership on Different Types Of Teams
  • Procedures for Facilitating Team Learning
  • Applications: Guidelines for Team Building
  • Decision Making In Groups
  • Leadership Functions in Meetings
  • Applications: Guidelines for Leading Meetings

Session 5 – Participative Management in Teams

  • When Should Participation Be Used?
  • Criteria for participation
  • The role of culture
  • The Issue of Delegation
  • Benefits of delegation
  • Guidance for good delegation
  • Why do leaders fail to delegate?
  • Evolution of Participative Management: Teams and Superleadership
  • Characteristics of Teams
  • Self-Management Teams
  • Helping Teams Become Effective
  • Super-and Self-Leadership


Session 6 – Understanding and Managing Team Dynamics

  •  Assessment of my group 
  • What are the typical behaviors of people in groups 
  • Creating an organizational culture with emotional intelligence 
  • Promoting collaboration and consensus through emotional intelligence 
  • Handling adverse group dynamics with emotional intelligence 
  • Managing group emotions during conflict and change 
  • Group dynamic exercise 

Session 7 – Role of Leaders in A Team Environment

  • Team Life Cycles
  • Forming
  • Norming
  • Storming
  • Performing
  • Team Roles
  • Inspired Vision That Creates
  • A Powerful Sense of Mission
  • Getting the Right People
  • Distributed Leadership
  • Extraordinary Coordination
  • Creative Support
  • Moral Foundation for Respect
  • The Right Roles for the Right People
  • Participation
  • The Right Measures
  • Virtual Teams

Session 8 –Problem Solving and Decision Making

    • Definitions of Critical Thinking
    • Importance of Critical Thinking
    • Strategies of critical thinking
    • Developing critical thinking skills
    • Elements of critical thinking
    • Fundamentals of critical thinking


    • Fostering critical thinking
    • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
    • Problem Solving & Related Theories
    • Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process
    • Versions & Variations of CPS
    • Add Creativity to your Decision Process

Session 9 –Problem Solving and Decision Making (2)

    • Brainstorming – Generating Options
    • Critical Path Analysis – Planning and Scheduling Complex Tasks
    • Decision Trees – Powerful Quantitative Analysis of Decision Impact
    • Force Field Analysis – Analysis of all Pressures For and Against Change
    • ‘Plus/Minus/Implications’ (PMI) – A Powerful Enhancement to Pros and Cons
    • SWOT Analysis – Analyzing your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
    • Decision Making & Strategic Leadership
    • Enhancing leadership through better decision making
    • Executive Decision Making
    • Teams & Decision Making
    • Evaluating Consensus Team Decision Making
    • The Human Side of Decision Making

Session 10 – Decision Making for Improved Leadership

  • Problem Solving & Decision Making: Consideration of Individual Differences
  • Decision Making & Related Theories
  • Guidelines for Leaders to Consider When Making Decisions
  • Steps to Wise Decision-Making
  • Common Decision-Making Mistakes
  • Ethical Decision Making

Course Textbook

Principal, The: Creative Leadership for Excellence, Updated 8th Edition, 8th Edition

Gerald C. Ubben, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Larry W. Hughes, University of Houston

Cynthia J. Norris, Lincoln Memorial University


Feedback Given to Participants in Response to Assessed Work 

  • Individual written feedback on coursework
  • Feedback discussed as part of a tutorial
  • Individual feedback on request
  • Model answers 


Developmental Feedback Generated Through Teaching Activities

  • Feedback is given at presentations and during tutorial sessions
  • Dialogue between participants and staff in tutorials and lectures



The course grade will be based on a final project presented by the participant and graded by the instructor. Participants much achieve a passing grade of 70% or more to be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.