Ethical Strategic Leadership, Concordia University Chicago (CUC) MBA
Unit code: MGT 6400
Level: Masters
Credit value:

Unit Introduction

Hello, and welcome to the first unit of Ethical and Strategic Leadership. Everyone has some understanding of what constitutes 'leadership' whether it is in politics, business or sports. Much has been written and debated in an attempt to contextualise success or failure within contemporary management, and for those in the workplace, we have a ‘feeling’ about how we are treated and whether the leadership style inspires or motivates us more in the work we do.

This unit course critically evaluates Ethical Strategic Leadership within the context of leadership theory.

We’ll review key classical and modern theories and/or models, are reviewed with an emphasis upon the changing role of leaders in the management of organizations particularly those leaders needing to match societal and organizational shifts in leadership style to embrace the ethical dimensions of leadership in order to ultimately meeting the challenges of corporate responsibility.

Now, please take a moment to read the course overview and learning outcomes. These are set out in the course syllabus and should be read before continuing further.
In our first learning outcome, we need to underpin our knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and how this has influenced leadership styles, as well as looking at organizational behaviour and its response to change.

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Critically evaluate various leadership styles to contemporary issues In this session we will start by looking at core leadership theory , which that could be described as ‘classical leadership’ theory.

Primarily it falls into the following four core theory groups:

1. Trait Theories
2. Behavioural Theories
3. Contingency Theory
4. Power and Influence Theory

Trait theories assumed leaders had common characteristics or traits...

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