Leadership and Teams
Managers do not work in isolation, just for themselves. To the contrary, they are per definition also leaders: of teams, departments or entire companies. This course has the objective to convey the most important aspects of leadership and aspects of teamwork and teambuilding in organizations.
The course will address the different concepts of leadership. Thus, it will deal with the question whether leaders are “born” or whether one can learn to be a leader. Another topic of this course will be the distinction between different leadership styles and the development of leadership skills. This course will also address the leader-member relations and how team leadership can be successfully executed. Characteristics of teams and effects of team composition on organizational success will also be discussed.
The course will combine theoretical concepts and practical aspects of leadership and teams. It will therefore consist of lectures with discussions, case studies that need to be prepared by the students and in-class (group) work on selected topics.
Grading will be based on the final exam (50%) and individual assignments that will be given to students after case study sessions.
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.