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Leadership, Communication and Culture


This hands-on, interactive and stimulating course provides you with key theoretical and practical insights into intercultural communication in the workplace and the impact of culture on leadership and teamwork.

This course fosters the global skills that employers are looking for and helps you talk about them when applying for jobs. The first part of the course focuses on foundational concepts of culture and explores these through authentic examples of corporate communication and through assessing your individual cultural profile.

You’ll start to develop your understanding of leadership through exploring well-known quantitative approaches to culture involving perceptions and values. In the second part of the course you’ll explore the relationship between communication and culture and its impact on leadership.

Activities (such as assessment centre and other teamwork tasks) will provide the context for carrying out and presenting a mini research project to investigate how language is used to do leadership. Exploring your own leadership communication style through observation, analysis and reflection will help you acquire the intercultural skills that are highly valued in graduates today.

The course level is equivalent to an undergraduate degree at intermediate level.

Syllabus and Course Overview

We welcome students studying any discipline to study this course and it would be suitable to you if:

  • You’re interested in leadership and ways in which we communicate with and influence people in different situations.
  • You’re keen to develop your understanding of leadership, teamwork and culture - in theory and in practice.
  • You’d enjoy the experience of solving problems, working in groups and developing global skills that will be highly valued in your future career.

Week 1

Leadership and you

Leading a team

Leading a project

Leading a community

Week 2

Situational leadership

Influencing others

Decision making

Political leadership

Week 3

Transformation leadership

Complex and global problem solving

Demonstrating your leadership competencies to an employerv

Presentations and course reflections

This course aims to highlight the crucial role of self awareness, communication and various global skills for leadership. It will familiarise you with the assumptions and expectations that shape our understanding of and practice of leadership, providing an opportunity to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and reflective skills while working within a global context and team.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Engage with key concepts related to leadership.
  • Critically examine different types of leadership with a view of making impact through leadership (e.g. organisational, political, transformation).
  • Understand the crucial role of self-awareness and other soft skills on effective leadership.
  • Understand the role of culture and diversity in leadership and teamwork.
  • Develop skills for working collaboratively and leading teams, projects and communities.
  • Broaden your understanding of influence and authority in leadership.
  • Practice problem solving and applying leadership skills to create change.
  • Develop the intercultural skills that are essential for a global career.
  • Be able to articulate and reflect on experiences to an employer.
  • Create a personal leadership potential plan.

Contribution in class including participation in workshop activities.

Individual reflective assessment – up to 1000 words (50%, written reflective piece of your key learning on the course)

Group presentation (50%, report on addressing a leadership challenge)

Materials will be updated here after each lecture.

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to students studying any discipline at University level. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Please note the details of the course content may be subject to change