Course description

Leadership in Organisations


It is indisputable that leaders can have substantial impact on individuals and organizations. Among other things, they are the prime target of praise and blame for organizational outcomes. Defining what a successful leader is controversial, especially in today’s world Leadership is conceptually a complex construct and in practice very challenging. Developments in societies, including increased digitalization and demographic diversity, the changing nature of work (e.g., precarious work) and workers (e.g., the rise of the creative class), and the emergence of new forms of organizing work, such as networks and contingent teams have all contributed to challenges facing today’s organizational leaders. The aim of this course is to make students acquainted with the following: a) the various scientific perspectives used for studying leadership, b) how leaders influence individual and organizational performance, and c) current trends in leadership as a practice and a field of scientific research.


Course content

Leadership theories and empirical studies will be the basis of the course.

Learning outcome knowledge

  1. Distinguish the various leadership theoretical perspectives.
  2. Explain how leaders influence individual and organizational performance.
  3. Identify recent leadership trends in an evolving global environment.

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 30%
  • Written assignment: 70%