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Leadership Theory and Practice

This course 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 course is aimed at 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 course, 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



This is an online, self-paced course.  The course will be supported by live online sessions that delegates are invited to join.  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 delegates and discuss key concepts and assessment methods.  

Dates for the live sessions for the Leadership Theory and Practice course are as follows:

  • Wednesday 1st February 2023: 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesday 15th February 2023: 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesday 1st March 2023: 10am - 12pm

The sessions will last approximately 2 hours and will take place on Microsoft Teams.  

Final assessments for this course are expected to be submitted around Friday 21st April 2023.  Exact dates will be confirmed once the course begins. 

This course is equivalent to 20 credits at SCQF Level 11. 


Course presenter

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.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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