Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Leadership; Identity, Influence and Power, examine the recent research in social psychology and business to provide you with the practical guidelines and actions that will help you develop and sustain your leadership. To understand why leadership is so popular a topic we begin with a close examination of the “Romance of Leadership” – the myths of leadership and the tendency to misattribute organisational outcomes to great leadership. We’ll also look at the history and underpinnings of much leadership theorising to understand the ideas of power, authority and charisma. In later modules we explore the dominant leadership theories and the need for a new approach to leadership. Under this new psychology of leadership – also known as the Social Identity theory of Leadership - we uncover 4 rules for leadership built upon an understanding of group psychological processes rather than the individual psychology of leaders. We conclude with the key skills and practices of leadership – skills and practices that you can learn and perfect. To help you with this, you will work on your own leadership development plan.

Course Instructors

Randal Tame

Randal is Managing Director of RDP Strategy Group and has over 20 years experience in strategy consulting. Randal is an adjunct lecturer at Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has a MBA and psychology degree from Macquarie University. He is currently pursuing research in social identity leadership and M&A’s with Professor Haslam.

Course Description

What's it about?

Leadership; Identity, Influence and Power, examine the recent research in social psychology and business to provide you with the practical guidelines and actions that will help you develop and sustain your leadership.

Leadership; Identity, Influence and Power, examine the recent research in social psychology and business to provide you with the practical guidelines and actions that will help you develop and sustain your leadership.
To understand why leadership is so popular a topic we begin with a close examination of the “Romance of Leadership” – the myths of leadership and the tendency to misattribute organisational outcomes to great leadership. We’ll also look at the history and underpinnings of much leadership theorising to understand the ideas of power, authority and charisma.
In later modules we explore the dominant leadership theories and the need for a new approach to leadership. Under this new psychology of leadership – also known as the Social Identity theory of Leadership - we uncover 4 rules for leadership built upon an understanding of group psychological processes rather than the individual psychology of leaders.
We conclude with the key skills and practices of leadership – skills and practices that you can learn and perfect. To help you with this, you will work on your own leadership development plan.

What's involved?

Module 1The Romance of Leadership
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Leadership Theories
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Leader and Followers
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4The Practice of Leadership
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • Describe the problem of attribution error in discussing leadership
  • Explain the key differences and similarities between the major leadership theories
  • Describe the relationship between leaders and followers
  • Explain the differences between having power through others and power over others
  • Explain the 4 rules for effective leadership
  • Understand how to apply the 3 practices of leadership
  • Describe when, how and why leadership fails

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 10 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

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Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Leadership and supervisory roles in public and private sectors
  • Sports leadership
  • Social work

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