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Funded Module: Leadership Theory and Practice

This module provides a critical insight into leadership research and practice; emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed


Leadership is a phenomenon observed in all organised human groups.  However, research has shown that it is one of the least understood phenomena on earth.  The number of published research studies in the field of leadership is vast and spans several decades.  Nevertheless, despite such a large body of scholarship, leadership still remains an elusive concept.  In this age of globalisation and increased competition, there is a need for individuals to use the most effective leadership approach. 

Target audience

This module is aimed for practitioners and scholars who want to know more about leadership.  It provides a critical insight into leadership research and practice.  Emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed. 


By the end of the module, participants should be equipped to:

  • Elucidate the concept of leadership
  • Critically assess the different theories of leadership and its importance in practice.
  • Critically reflect on the leadership development needs and identify the potential areas for development.


Course delivery

This is an online, self-paced course.  The course will be supported by live online sessions that delegates are invited to dial into.  These will also be recorded for later review.

As well as working through the online content on our virtual learning environment, you are expected to attend three live sessions hosted by Dr Christian Harrison.  The live sessions will allow you to interact with the other students and discuss key concepts and assessment methods.  

Live Sessions for the Leadership Theory and Practice course will take place on:  

  • Wednesday 2nd February 2022
  • Wednesday 23rd February 2022
  • Wednesday 16th March 2022

 The sessions will run from 10am to 11.30am approx. and will take place on Zoom.  

Final assessments for this course are expected to be submitted around Friday 8th April. Exact dates will be confirmed once the course begins. 

This course is Masters-level (SCQF Level 11) and delegates successfully completing the course will be awarded 10 credits at SCQF Level 11.  


Dr Christian Harrison is a Reader in Leadership in the School of Business and Creative Industries in the University of the West of Scotland.  He is the author of several publications on leadership which is his major interest.  Furthermore, he is an active member of several learned organisations. He is the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management.  He is also an active member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and serves on several review panels and committees.  He is also a Certified Management and Business Educator of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CMBE) and serves as the Director of Studies for several doctoral students.

Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations.  He is the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International. The NGO supports students and moulds future leaders. He is the author of the book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms’, which is published by the globally renowned publishing company; Palgrave MacMillan.  The book was written to enable students (undergraduate and postgraduate), scholars, practitioners, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to learn more about the concept of leadership.  It provides a critical insight into leadership research.  Emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed.


Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for this course via the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The Upskilling Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and aims to address skills gaps in Scotland.  To be eligible for funding, students must either reside in Scotland or work for an organisation with a business address in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £75 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application.

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