AT7052 - Responsible Leadership

What will I learn on this module?

The first part of the module will encourage you to work on the type of responsible leader that you might become. This module will address an area of leadership development that is often minimized in dominant literature: the relationship between one's identity, social systems, power dynamics, and one's leadership identity. You will demonstrate the ability to work in diverse teams, reflecting on your ethical values and the impact of individual or organisational decision making on social and environmental contexts by exploring contemporary leadership theories.?In this module, you will develop new knowledge and skills in leadership and followership and how to apply them to your organisation. You will be challenged to critically reflect and develop relational qualities that you think are necessary to build sustainable relationships and cope with the complex leadership challenges in a global, uncertain and interconnected environment.

The second part of the module is focused on developing your leadership competence and provide you with a toolbox for gaining insight into your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. This will equip you with critical thinking skills to successfully deal with complexity in a globalizing world through introducing you to relevant concepts for becoming a responsible leader. In this part, the focus will be on topics such as: Dilemma Thinking and Reconciliation as an approach to dealing with complexity and tensions between stakeholders in the global business environment; Mindful vs Mindless leadership, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence. You will also learn about the application of neuroscience to leadership development and HR management. Based on your understanding of how the brain works, you will create a series of personal challenges in which you aim to explore in-depth knowledge, cultivate and improve specific aspects of your competence (e.g. resilience, emotional labeling, stress management or trust building).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through interactive workshops, tutor guidance, feedback, and independent directed and self-directed learning.

Independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper / broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading and preparation for interactive activities.
We will make use of learning journals, group assignments and individual challenges to help you improve your leadership competence. Your learning is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan, offering guidance on reading to prepare for lectures and seminars and help with the completion of the assessment. Within this plan there are also suggested learning activities, which guide you in your independent learning. These activities allow you to reflect and evaluate your knowledge and skills in this area.

A residential experiential learning event, based in the Netherlands will be a complementary support activity, providing you with opportunities to interact, through group-based activities, with peers on the programme. You will be supported in the analysis of individual and group processes and behaviours as a means of developing an understanding of self and others in relation to responsible leadership traits. You will be encouraged to provide each other with feedback in order to identify personal competence strengths and areas for development. Attendance and participation at this event directly links to the assessment. The residential event will be specific to students from the joint MSc programme thereby offering further opportunity to develop programme identify and recognise both academic and peer support available.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning plan will provide several prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from workshop tutors and peers through the lectures and seminars.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University's library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

Formative feedback will be provided to you on a regular basis as the tutor, and your co-students, critically evaluate and provide recommendations for your development. Formative feedback helps you to reflect on your progress in the module as well as ensuring that you understand the assessment criteria and tutor expectations.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?


How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:

Assessment A, consists of two parts (60%)

Part 1: Creating a Personal Leadership Portrait (20%).

As a leader, it is important for you to share information about yourself with your team. Communicating your philosophy on leadership, as well as your purpose, values, and expectations is a great way to build authentic relationships with your staff. In this exercise you will be required to create a Personal Leadership Portrait (PLP). (600 words)

Part 2: Own theoretical framework of leadership (40%).

Employing a critical analysis of leadership assumptions and theories, develop your own informal theory of leadership that addresses the current trends of society.

This assignment invites you to revisit the theories that we have discussed in this module and critically reflect upon and craft a theory that you can use to guide your practice of leadership. You will reflect on the various theories presented in this module and deconstruct how the theories align and are divergent with your personal narrative/story. (2000 words)

Assessment B - Group assignment: Leadership Dilemma (40%)

Group assignment: Leadership Dilemma

In this assignment, you will work with a group of 3-4 students to solve a real-life or fictional business and leadership dilemma. The teacher will provide you with a list of case studies, or you can decide to focus on a case study of your choice. (2500 words)





Module abstract

This module departs from traditional leadership studies, in an attempt to develop a responsible leadership concept that considers social relations and ethical phenomenon, creating and sustaining a balance among all relevant stakeholders. The first part of the module will focus on the contemporary theories of leadership and how in an age of complexity, challenge and cynism, we could build a responsible leadership. This module will use both contemporary theory and examples to enable you to develop leadership that is shared, authentic and renewable within organisations and across networks. In doing so, the module will prepare you to be highly employable by developing key soft skills which have been identified by current research as those necessary for postgraduate students seeking work.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months Full-Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Netherlands

City Amsterdam

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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