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HLTH6226 Self Leadership

Module Overview

The overarching logic behind this module is that leadership grows from the inside out: That a leader first knows, understands, and is able to lead oneself before s/he can lead others. The module will focus directly on personal values, character, and integrity. To this end, the module will make explicit to students their personal leadership styles and habits, patterns of communications, biases in decision making, and reflective practice. The module aims to the highlight reflective thinking and reflective practice as a means to make you more aware of your own values, and to change patterned, habitual behaviours.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse your personal values, character and integrity to demonstrate personal accountability
  • Critically appraise leadership theory and assess, compare and contrast with your emotional competency and personal leadership style
  • Recognise and critically evaluate your personal strengths and articulate development needs necessary to maximise your potential as an effective leader
  • Critically analyse the complexities of leadership styles and demonstrate insight into why some leadership styles are used inappropriately


The syllabus is divided into four overlapping themes: Personal leadership, Communications, Decision Making, and Reflective Thinking and Practice. The overarching theme that informs the module is centered on values, character, and integrity. • Theme One: Personal leadership. • Values, character, and integrity • Identifying personal leadership styles • Understanding your professional identity and its relationship to your practice • Making explicit biases and habits • Research on narratives and personal histories of leaders • Critical awareness of leadership challenges • Connecting your practice with leadership theories • Truth and self-delusion • Theme two: Communications. • What makes you want to be a leader? • Authentic dialogues • Influencing and persuading • Emotion and communicating • Theme Three: The Individual and the Decision • What is the essence of a decision? • Identifying your personal decision making style • Uncovering personal biases in decision making • Attention biases • Availability • Heuristics • One-aspect focus • Motivational biases • Psycho-physical distortions • Moral thinking, values and fairness • Judgement • Theme Four: Reflective Thinking and Reflective Practice • Models of reflective thinking and reflective practice • Reflective leadership

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The conduct of the module is informed by the following principles: • Learning may be relevant to your work environment • You may be exposed to experiential learning • As much as is practical, you may be involved in the planning and evaluation of your learning • Teaching and learning may be problem-centred In practice, this means that we will keep lectures to an absolute minimum, and will instead adhere to these principles through a deep, intentional emphasis on practice-based and activity-driven classroom time that both delineate and make real practical, personal leadership. We will give ample opportunity to participants to construct their leadership strengths, identify their weaknesses, and build plans to overcome their weaknesses and maximize their strengths. Through facilitation rather than lecturing on personal leadership theories, we will engage in activities that uncover (unknowing to the participant) habits of leading. Then we will explore the theory and research behind these habits. The key is for students to discover their habits of thought, their biases, etc., and then to delineate theory that at once helps to explain them and leads students to a reflective manner of working.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Northouse, P. (2013). Leadership Theory and Practice. 

Neil Thomas, ed. (2013). Adair on Leadership. 



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no required costs for this module, but students may elect to purchase the key text.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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