The Art of Leadership


Course Name

The Art of Leadership

Course Code


Number of Contact Hours

45 hours

Credit Hours

3 Credit Hours

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


This course will expose participants to the basic definition of a board of directors and to distinguish between different types of boards and understand what the role, functions and responsibilities of the board in a company entails.  This course also helps the participant to determine how the board can assist the management with strategic planning to distinguish the difference between the daily management of a business and the strategic responsibilities of the board. This course guides the participant to understand how coaching can be used to develop his/her team and to develop the coaching skills that help improve individual performance and to demonstrate the behaviours and practices of an effective coach.



Through a combination of readings, lectures, class discussions, and recommended problems, participants will be able to:

  1. Become knowledgeable about corporate complexities, creativity, innovation and the responsibility to communicate core business value to all stakeholders.
  2. Identify a variety of different teams together with the knowledge to build these teams to form strong corporate units 
  3. Learn how to set timely and executable goals to further the companies’ visions and mission. 
  4. Understand the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor and to endow a sense of commitment to effective team development. 
  5. Become knowledgeable about the concept of coaching as on-going process designed to help the employee gain greater competence and overcome barriers to improving performance.



On completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of strategic management concepts and theories and their importance and application to organization, industry and society.
  2. Acquire the skill of leading and managing teams and fitting teams as the core building block of organizations.
  3. Develop the skills of supervision and coaching as essential skills needed to carry out the role of a leader in an organization
  4. Understand the role and structure as well as the importance of the board in a company and the difference between the manager and the board member and consequently develop the needed skills to be a successful board member
  5. Understand entrepreneurship and the success factors of entrepreneurs and develop the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur



Introduction to Leadership Concepts: This session will actively engage participants in the acquisition of information about historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and issues associated with leadership. Participants will be exposed to the nature of leadership through presentation of objective material, through group activities, and through laboratory exercises.


Introduction to Leadership Behavior: An interdisciplinary session designed to introduce the participant to the tasks, strategies, and skills of effective leadership. Session activities will move the participant from theory to the practical processes of leadership. Basic concepts essential to personal skills development and organizational leadership behavior are included.


Leadership and Team Dynamics: Team building, teamwork, and team leading draws information from a wide variety of disciplines to introduce participants to the ever important topic of teaming.


Principles of Organizational Leadership: This session is designed to provide participants with the basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Leadership theories and behaviors are examined in the context of the modern organization.


Leadership and Personal Development: The focus of this session will be on you as the leader from an individual perspective. It will be an introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. The session will be based on each participant’s perception of their own life experiences that have helped them reach this level in their leadership development journey (Past), where they are now in that journey (Present), and their personal leadership goals (Future).


Theoretical Foundations of Leadership: The purpose of this session is to expose participants to the large body of organizational leadership theory and research. Both historical and contemporary approaches will be examined in detail. Participants will be required to analyze the research critically from both theoretical and empirical perspectives


Organizational Systems, Change and Leadership: This class will challenge participants to embrace a systems view of leadership and organizational change at the organizational level. Participants will compare, contrast and critique both seminal and modern theories and models of organizational learning, knowledge creation, and organizational capacity building and apply them to their own organizational settings. The session will enhance participant ability to think systematically and develop comprehensive understanding of core competencies required to initiate and sustain change in organizations.


Leadership in Teams and Collaborative Environments: This session examines the leadership process in the context of team and group dynamics. It investigates process and content issues of team building, interpersonal and group relations, and effective problem solving and decision making skills in collaborative environments. The session places particular emphasis on the relationship between teams within organizations.


Organizational Intervention Strategies: Participants will apply leadership concepts and assessment techniques to the design, delivery and analysis of leadership development interventions. Participants will develop practical applications to leadership development programs on individual, unit and organizational levels.


Women and Leadership: Current issues and trends of women and leadership will be examined from historical to contemporary and from social to personal perspectives.


Global Leadership: The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to the emerging field of global leadership. Participants will gain an understanding of the history and origins of global leadership and the theoretical approaches to global leadership in complex, modern contexts. Participants will be challenged to access primary sources of global leadership literature, and think deeply and critically about the current state of theoretical development in global leadership. Participants will also explore various global leadership competencies and learn how to apply these competencies in various regions and cultures throughout the world. 


Ethical Leadership This session develops a framework for ethical thinking and reflection. The session emphasizes the moral, ethical and social responsibilities of organizational leaders, as well as the application of principles to organizational leadership behavior and decision-making. Participants will also investigate current research trends regarding ethical issues in business and other organizational contexts


Course Textbook

Stepping Up: How to accelerate your leadership potential

Sarah Wood

Niamh O’Keeffe



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.