An excellent introduction into understanding leadership styles, this module examines the roles and responsibilities of a leader. The factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations are identified as well as the differences between leadership and management. Facilitator-led discussions as to why different leadership styles or behaviours are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individuals and group behaviour further help participants to reflect on their own current practice. Participants are given opportunities to review their own leadership qualities and potential using a range of recognised leadership models and to develop actions to help them enhance their leadership style. Emphasis is placed on specific work placed examples and encourages participants to focus on their own organisation’s working practices and culture.
Following the completion of the course and assignment, the leader will be able to:
- Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations
- Explain why these leadership styles or behaviours are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individual and group behaviour
- Assess own leadership behaviours and potential using feedback from others
- Understand how the organisation’s working practices and culture relate to leadership styles
- Plan appropriate actions to enhance their own leadership behaviour
The qualities of leadership
The leader – roles and responsibilities
Differences and similarities between leadership and management, and the need for each of them
Behavioural leadership models (situational leadership, servant oblique leader, transformational) and their significance for task performance, culture and relationships
A series of mini-activities are used to demonstrate and allow practise in applying leadership styles to different situations.
Leadership behaviours and the sources of power
Identification, development and appropriate choice of personal leadership styles and behaviours
The role of trust and respect in effective team leadership
Supervised experiential simulation to develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills
The second half of the day has an extended experiential exercise so that new concepts can be applied in a simulated leadership environment. Peer and instructor coaching is used to refine skills and understanding.