Master of Science in Management

Business Leadership

Owens, B. P., & Hekman, D. R. (2012) ‘Modeling how to grow an inductive examination of humble leader behaviors, contingencies and outcomes’, Academy of Management Journal 55 (4), pp. 787-818. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0441


Northouse, P.G. (2013) Leadership: Theory and practice 6th ed. London: Sage.

(Please note that the references to these readings can be found in the Lecture Notes text under the headings of the topics to which they relate.)

Read the chapter titled ‘Introduction’.
• Leadership theory
This selection introduces the overall concept of leadership and how it has evolved over time. While leadership styles come in and out of style, it is important to understand the theory and history behind it.

Read the chapter titled ‘Trait Approach’.
• The Trait Approach
This selection discusses certain personality traits, such as intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity and sociability, and identifies them with a good leader. This theory characterises a leader by a predetermined set of positive traits, but opponents to this theory say that the list of traits is ambiguous and not definitive.

Read the chapter titled ‘Skills Approach’.
• The Skills Approach
This selection examines the capability of anyone to be a leader that possesses certain skills and abilities. This approach differs from the trait approach in that a leader is not determined by character traits, but on certain human, technical and conceptual skills.

Read the chapter titled ‘Style Approach’
• The Style Approach
This selection investigates how people act and behave and relate that to their leadership capabilities. This leadership approach is defined by what leaders do instead of who they are.

Read the chapter titled ‘Situational Approach’.
• The Situational Approach
This selection examines how a leader’s actions and reactions are subsequently based on the situations they are in. According to this approach, different situations will require different reactions and a leader’s way of dealing with these situations should ultimately define their leadership capability.

Supplemental Resources

‘Trait Theory of Leadership’

‘Skills Approach to Leadership’

‘The Style Approach to Leadership’

‘Situational Leadership Theory’

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