“Leaders and followers” is a fairly new entry-level course and is part of a suite of three electives in management
studies (the other two being organizational processes and critical management studies).
Leadership theory tends to be conceived and expressed as a dichotomy between ‘leader’ and ‘follower’. Other
theories such as those on groups and teams, indicate that leaders are also followers and vice versa. This course seeks
to examine the concept of ‘leader’, ‘follower’ and the space in between them as expressed in management theory.
Students will be exposed to traditional and current leadership theories, be encouraged to generate and implement a
personal ‘leadership plan’ and be tasked to articulate a coherent understanding of what it means to be a leader, a
follower or both in the workplace.
1. Learn the theories of leadership as expressed by academics, practitioners and the popular press and explore the implications of these theories in an organizational context.
2. Identify the key aspects of a leadership plan, apply these aspects to their personal leader/follower profile and develop a plan for action and reflection.
3. Articulate and apply appropriate theories to forming, leading, and following in groups and teams.
|WEC – Online Assignments||15|
|WEC – Case study||30|
|WEC – Class participation||15|
|WEC – Leadership plan||10|
|WEC – Class participation||12|
|WEC – Group report||10|
|WEC – Group presentation||20|
Week 1: Introduction to course: Professionalizing leadership (MBTI, Big 5)
Week 2: Leadership theory and the context of power
Week 3: Leadership theory in practice and the paradox of authenticity
Week 4: A critique of leadership theory and the challenge of gender
Week 5: Followership, networks, counter power
Week 6: Mid-term test; Groups for presentations
Week 8: Team/distributed/plural leadership
Week 9: Groups and teams and the tyranny of harmony
Week 10: Group presentations (Asia)
Week 11: Group presentations (SEAsia)
Week 12: Group presentations (Singapore)
Week 13: Leaders, followers and you
Week 14: Review