#TE-02-17 Leadership Theory: The Basics

  • Categories Teaching
  • Duration 9h
  • Total Enrolled 6
  • Last Update December 10, 2020

About Course

Coventry University


Learn the basics of leadership theory

On this leadership course, you will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of leadership, different styles of leadership and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between management and leadership and will investigate in detail the ethical issues that surround the issue of leadership.

What topics will you cover?

  • The fundamentals of leadership: what is the evolutionary process of leadership theories?
  • What are the major conclusions of the trait theories?
  • The skills approach to leadership
  • What are the major conclusions of the behavioural theories?
  • Identifying the major components of the contingency theories
  • Transactional and transformational leadership

Who will you learn with?

Oliver Bahrisch

Oliver teaches modules related to international business, leadership and entrepreneurship at Coventry University. He is based in the School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry Business School.



Who developed the course?

Coventry University logo

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What Will I Learn?

  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Critically analyse the trait, skills, style and contingency theories of leadership
  • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the different theories of leadership
  • Investigate the different types of leadership and their implications for organisations

Topics for this course

8 Lessons9h

What is leadership??

Are leadership and management the same?
Definition of leadership
Is leadership the same as management?00:02:38
Leadership styles: Lewin

Approaches to leadership?

Discover the different approaches to leadership. Compare the similarities and differences between the the main leadership approaches; trait approach and skills approach.

Student Feedback


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Identifying the major components of contingency theory, as well as leadership skills, are well worth learning, and the instructor goes into great detail.

My favorite part of the course is what is the evolution of leadership theory, which is really good, really good.

This course introduces us to the distinction between management and leadership and will examine in detail the ethical issues surrounding leadership.

In this course, I learned the theoretical basis of leadership, different leadership styles and their respective strengths and weaknesses. It's a great class.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for experienced professionals looking to understand how a modern business succeeds through leadership, culture, decision-making and change management.