Leadership & Organizational Behavior

You Will Learn How To

  • Understand the relationship between leadership and management theories
  • Understand the different models and theories associated with leadership development
  • Understand the role of leaders in setting strategic focus and direction
  • Appreciate the role of leaders in shaping values and culture in an information services context
  • Appreciate the complexity and challenges associated with leading individuals
  • Understand approaches to creating and leading teams
  • Understand and be able to apply the concepts of leadership traits and styles
  • Understand the different models and theories associated with leadership development

Course DescriptionThis course provides an opportunity for practitioners and students to focus on leadership in the information professions from both theoretical and practical perspectives.  The course employs theoretical concepts and models, coupled with case studies based on the experiences of leaders within the profession to understand how to develop leadership potential in oneself and others

Theory and practice will be explored together throughout the course. Leadership theories in general will be covered, with an emphasis on their relevance to the information services context. A case study will be used each week to provide an opportunity for in depth application, reflection and review.

An integrated approach to theory and practice will be taken throughout.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what leadership is and how it is applied at all levels of organizational management
  • Understand the basics of leadership and motivation
  • Determine what is necessary to lead teams and organizations, and how to integrate this with business management
  • Develop skills in communicating, influencing and negotiating with peers, subordinates and senior managers
  • Become adept at assessing leadership traits and qualities in ourselves and others
  • Learn how to develop leadership in ourselves and others

Recommended Books:

Author Name Book Name Book Code
Richard L. Daft Leadership, India Edition, 2005 RLD

Additional Reading:

Leadership: the Challenge for the Information Profession

by Roberts, S. and Rowley, J. (2008)

The Spirit of Leadership

by Harrison Owen, first Indian edition, 2002

Clear Leadership

by Gervase R. Bushe


Book(s) Topic Details
Ch # 1


What Does it Mean to Be a Leader? The nature of leadership, Comparing management and Leadership, Evolving theories of leadership, Learning the art and science of leadership
Ch # 2


Traits, Behaviours, and Relationships The trait approach, Behaviour Approaches, Individualized leadership, Leadership development: case for analysis
Ch # 3


Contingency Approaches The contingency approach, Fiedler’s contingency model, Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory, Path-Goal Theory, The Vroom-Jago contingency model, Substitutes for leadership
Ch # 4


The Leader as an Individual Personality and leadership, Values and attitudes, Cognitive differences, Personality and leadership style: the role of Charisma, Transactional and transformation leadership
Ch # 5


Leadership Mind and Heart Leader capacity versus competence, Mental models, Developing a leader’s mind, Emotional intelligence: leading with heart and mind, Leading with love versus leading with Fear
Ch # 8


Motivation and Empowerment Leadership and motivation, Needs-based theories of motivation, Other motivational theories, The Carrot-and-Stick controversy, Empowering people to meet higher needs, Organization-wide motivational programs
Ch # 9


Leadership Communication How leaders communicate, Leading strategic conversations, The Leader as communication champion, Selecting rich communication channels, Stories and metaphors, informal communication, Communication in a crises
Ch # 10


Leading Teams Teams in organization, Team types and characteristics, Leading effective teams, The leader’s now challenge: virtual and global teams, Handling team conflict
Ch # 11


Developing Leadership Diversity Diversity today, Ways women lead, Global diversity, Challenges minorities face, Leadership initiatives toward organizational diversity, Leadership solutions
Ch # 12


Leadership Power and Influence Leadership frames of reference, Power, influence and leadership, Sources of leader power in organizations, Increasing power through political activity, Tactics for asserting leader influence, Ethical considerations in using power and politics
Ch # 13


Creating Vision and Strategic Direction Strategic leadership, Leadership vision, Mission, Strategy formulation, Strategy in action, The leader’s contribution, The leader’s impact
Ch # 14


Shaping Culture and Values Organizational culture, Culture strength and adaptation, Shaping culture, The competing values approach to shaping culture, Ethical values in organizations, Values-based leadership
Ch # 15


Designing and Leading a Learning Organization The evolution of leadership, The adaptive learning style, From efficient performance to learning organization, Organization structure, Tasks versus roles, Systems versus networks, Competitive versus collaborative strategy, Rigid versus adaptive culture, The leader’s dual challenge