The University of Southampton

MANG6200 Effective Leadership

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theoretical underpinning and practical application of the skills listed in Key Skills Topics
  • Techniques for increasing flexibility and effectiveness in management style.
  • Action points to apply this knowledge in your own workplace.
  • The need for the development of a range of key personal skills
  • What constitutes high quality performance or significant ability in demonstration of the skills
  • The importance of setting personal development goals and the plan for such developments
  • Some of the key business trends affecting the role of managers in the 21st century.
  • Your own preferences for working conditions and how they may differ from others
  • How individual preferences and talents influence the effectiveness of teams.
  • The cross cultural and other factors affecting business relationships.
  • The effects of organisational change on different individuals.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Working with a wide variety of other people and forming supportive relationships within a large group.
  • Solving problems.
  • Written and oral communication for managers
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate theories about change to your personal situation as you start your MBA studies.
  • Reflect on these experiences and identify how you use them to be more effective learners and leaders.
  • Critically evaluate your own and others performance.
  • Provide constructive and effective feedback on others performance.
  • your own personal career development


Key Skills • Advocacy • Presentation written, verbal, visual and self. • Negotiation • Management of virtual teams. • The implications of cultural diversity • Problem definition and solution • Work life balance • Time management. • Management of stress • Project management. • Team working and Dynamics • Objective/ Incentive setting and Assessment • Life long learning/self development. • Understanding other peoples perspectives and needs Effective Leadership • The changing Business Environment – emerging trends. • Knowing and managing yourself – the importance of having a grounded and effective knowledge of ourselves, in order to manage others. • Building effective team relationships – the importance of teams in times of increasing change and uncertainty. • Processes for Managing Change- whether change can be closely planned and managed or whether change is unpredictable and needs to emerge. • Leading and Managing Change – understanding how people react to change, and how to lead others through it. • Influence on individual behaviour, individual differences, motivation and commitment.

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a series of workshops, of which 2 days will be off-site. Teaching methods will place emphasis on experiential activities, and will also include group work, guided reflection, individual study of course manuals and discussion of theories. You will be encouraged to reflect on, share and use your practical work experiences, and to identify practical uses for the theories you encounter and the insights you gain. Learning activities include • Individual course work • Presentation • Problem solving • Group work • Workshops Internationalisation As the first module on the MBA programme, this module puts great emphasis on the individual and seeks to value and learn from the multi-cultural background of the students. Cross-cultural factors influence various management styles and effectiveness of team-work and business relationships.

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Trompenaars, F & Hampden-Turner,C. (1997). Riding the Waves of Culture. 

Covey, S (1990). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. 

Goleman, D. (1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. 

Clarke, L. (1994). The Essence of Change. 

ed Cooper, C (2005). Leadership and Management in the 21st Century. 

Handy, C. (1994). The Empty Raincoat. 

Pearson, I. & Lyons, M. (2003). Business 2010 – Mapping the New Commercial Landscape. 

Dent S (1999). Partnering Intelligence. 

McMaster, M.D. (1996). The Intelligence Advantage - Organising for Complexity. 

Parikh, J. (1991). Managing your Self. 

Senge, P. (1990). The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  ( words) 50%
Group Assessment  ( words) 25%
Presentation  (15 minutes) 25%
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