Leadership Studies

Main topics of study:

The Nature of Leadership:

  • Definitions of Leadership
  • Leadership Effectiveness
  • Major Research Approaches
  • Conceptualising Leadership
  • Comparing Leadership Theories

Nature of Managerial Work:

  • Activity Patterns of Managerial Work
  • Content of Managerial Work
  • Theory of Demands, Constraints, Choices
  • Research on Situational Determinants
  • The Changing Nature of Managerial Work
  • Managerial Discretion
  • Descriptive Research
  • Application for Managers

Perspectives on Effective Leadership Behaviour:

  • Ohio State Leadership Studies
  • Michigan Leadership Studies
  • Limitations of Survey Research
  • Experiments on Task & Relations Behaviour
  • Research using Critical Incidents
  • High-High Leader
  • Leadership Behaviour Taxonomies
  • Specific Task Behaviours
  • Specific Relations Behaviours
  • Evaluating the Behaviour Approach

Participative Leadership, Delegation & Empowerment:

  • Nature of Participative Leadership
  • Consequences of Participation
  • Research on Effects of Participative Leadership
  • Normative Decision Model
  • Guidelines for Participative Research
  • Delegation
  • Guidelines for Delegating
  • Empowerment

Dyadic Role-Making Theories:

  • Leader-Member Exchange Theory
  • Leader Attributions about Subordinates
  • Follower Attributions & Implicit Theories
  • Follower Contributions to Effective Leadership
  • Self-Management
  • Integrating Leader & Follower Roles

Power & Influence:

  • Conceptions of Power & Authority
  • Power Types & Sources
  • Acquiring & Losing Power
  • Consequences of Position & Personal Power
  • Types of Influence Behaviour
  • Power & Influence Behaviour
  • Research on Influence Tactics

Managerial Traits & Skills:

  • Nature of Traits & Skills
  • Early Research on Leader Traits & Skills
  • Major Research Programmes of Research on Leader Traits
  • Managerial Traits & Effectiveness
  • Managerial Skills & Effectiveness
  • Other Relevant Competencies
  • Situational Relevance of Skills
  • Evaluation of Trait Research
  • Application Guidelines

Contingency Theories of Effective Leadership:

  • LPC Contingency Model
  • Path-Goal Theory of Leadership
  • Leadership Substitutes Theory
  • The Multiple-Linkage Model
  • Cognitive Resources Theory
  • Evaluation of Contingency Theories
  • Application Guidelines

Charismatic & Transformational Leadership:

  • Early Theories
  • Attribution Theory of Charismatic Leadership
  • Self-concept Theory of Charismatic Leadership
  • Other Conceptions of Charisma; Consequences of Charismatic Leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Research on Theories; Transformational Versus Charismatic Leadership
  • Evaluation of Theories
  • Guidelines for Transformational Leadership

Leading Change in Organisations:

  • Change Processes
  • Different Types of Organisational Change
  • Influencing Organisational Culture
  • Developing a Vision
  • Implementing Change
  • Increasing Innovation & Learning

Leadership in Teams & Decision Groups:

  • Nature of Teams
  • Functional Teams
  • Cross-Functional Teams
  • Self-Managed Work Teams
  • Self-Defining Teams
  • Virtual Teams
  • Procedures for Facilitating Team Learning
  • Guidelines for Team Building
  • Decision Making in Groups
  • Leadership Functions in Meetings
  • Guidelines for Leading Meetings

Strategic Leadership:

  • Constraints on Executive Discretion
  • Attributions about Chief Executives
  • Research on Effects of Leadership Succession
  • Evolutionary Change & Strategic Leadership
  • Political Power & Strategic Leadership
  • Executive Tenure & Strategic Leadership
  • Executive Teams
  • Competing Values in Strategic Leadership
  • Monitoring the Environment
  • Formulating Strategy

Developing Leadership Skills:

  • Leadership Training Programmes
  • Designing Effective Training
  • Techniques for Leadership Training
  • Learning from Experience
  • Developmental Activities
  • Self-Help Activities
  • Facilitating Conditions for Leadership Development
  • Systems Perspective on Leadership Development

Ethical Leadership & Diversity:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Gender & Leadership
  • Leadership in Different Cultures
  • Managing Diversity