Understanding Leadership



Understanding Leadership



The aim of the workshop is to build knowledge and understanding with the audience of leadership as required by a practicing or potential first-line manager, supervisor, or section head.

Learning Outcomes

Participants at the end of this workshop will be able to:

  • Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviors in workplace situations
  • Explain why these leadership styles or behaviors are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individual and group behavior
  • Assess own leadership behaviors and potential in the context of a particular leadership model and own organization’s working practices and culture, using feedback from others
  • Describe appropriate actions to enhance own leadership behavior in the context of the particular leadership model
  • Evaluate the importance of performance and engagement with followers in an organization
  • Review own leadership styles by using a diagnostic and evaluate the implications for self and own organization
  • Assess the effectiveness of own leadership styles
  • Evaluate the impact of changes in the situation on the effectiveness of the adopted style
  • Evaluate the factors which impact leadership effectiveness
  • Assess own leadership behavior in terms of these factors
  • Produce an action plan for developing their own leadership style and effectiveness
  • Explain the benefits of implementing the action plan
  • Explain how you will monitor and evaluate the action plan



Program Contents

  • Defining leadership
  • Importance of performance and interaction (engagement) with followers in an organization

Understand a range of different models theories and explanations of leadership

  • Development of leadership thought from Taylor to present day
  • Emergent Leadership
  • Constitutive Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Followership

Understand the implications of own and other leadership behavior in different contexts

  • Situational analysis
  • Implications of own preferred leadership style for various situations
  • Implications for different situations
  • Understanding how these work in terms of motivation theory
  • Compiling an action plan (current behaviors, goal setting, implementation practice, identification of what the difference in performance would be)
  • Benefits of implementing an action plan
  • The qualities of leadership
  • The leader – roles and responsibilities
  • Differences and similarities between leadership and management, and the need for each of them
  • Range of at least three leadership models (such as trait, contingency, situational, distributive, servant oblique leader, transactional/transformational) and their significance for task performance, culture, and relationships
  • Leadership behaviors and the sources of power
  • Identification, development, and appropriate choice of personal leadership styles and behaviors
  • The role of trust and respect in effective team leadership
  • Supervised practice or simulation to develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills