Leading with Impact

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 13 December 2019
11 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MBA N20012 The Essex MBA,
MBA N20E24 The Essex Executive MBA,
MBA N20E36 The Essex Executive MBA

Module description

Leadership is an important topic in the field of business and management studies both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. The overarching objective of this module is to develop students' understanding of leadership within organisations. The module introduces students to a wide range of models, theories and topics within leadership and highlights central debates in the field. The module will cover traditional approaches to leadership, current issues in leadership and critical issues in leadership from a theoretical and a practical perspective. At the end of the module students will have developed a critical appreciation of leadership in modern organisations.

Module aims

Module Aims

The module aims to:

1. provide you with an understanding of theories on leadership
2. introduce you to the practice of leadership
3. enable you to critically analyse leadership

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key elements of the various theories and concepts on leadership
• Critically evaluate practices of leadership
• Change leadership in organisations

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

In addition to providing you with an education, at Essex Business School we aim to help you become highly employable. In this module we use an embedded employability approach where the module content, structure and the module assessment are designed to contribute towards your employability. You time and your degree at the University of Essex will enable you to develop understanding of and skills in

* Written Communication
* Oral Communication
* Research Skills
* Critical Thinking
* Teamwork-Collaboration
* Digital and Technical Fluency
* Innovation and Curiosity
* Data and Analytics
* Personal Brand

As a student at the Essex Business School, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of and skills in Commercial Awareness.

In this module we will not aim (nor do we need to) to cover all these areas, but we will at least touch upon quite a few. Managers/leaders are, or should be, first and foremost skilled and able communicators – leadership is by and large made of communication of various kinds with various kinds of interlocutors. Your understanding and skills in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Research Skills, Critical Thinking, Teamwork- Collaboration and Innovation and Curiosity will develop through the two assignments. First you will be doing required readings in preparation for the module. This will develop your critical thinking and research skills. Then you will work together in a team, innovate and be curious as you develop your presentation. You will also practice your written and oral communication skills to produce group presentation. And finally, you will to unleash your critical thinking and research skills, coupled with more writing skills practice when you engage with the individual essay. The module content (during the intensive learning week and your own independent study) will also help you develop your commercial awareness together with critical thinking. In the discussions, group work and presentations you will be using and developing your oral communication and critical thinking skills and they will also provide a venue for innovation and curiosity and teamwork-collaboration.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is taught as an intensive, one week module in ten (10) three-hour sections. The teaching and learning format is a mix of lectures, discussion, in- class exercises and group work and presentations. In addition, you are asked to read required readings before and/or during the module week as well as keep a reflexive journal.


  • Doris Schedlitzki; Gareth Edwards. (2018) Studying leadership: traditional and critical approaches, London: SAGE.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Individual Essay 16/12/2019 75%
Practical Group Project and Presentation 22/11/2019 25%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Elisabeth Kelan



External examiner

Dr Bidit Dey
Brunel University London
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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