To provide participants an understanding of leadership from a psychological perspective, and to examine the impact of culture on leadership success.


In this course, participants will study leadership challenges from a several different psychological perspectives, gaining an understanding of more or less effective leadership styles across different cultures and contexts, and the ethical use of power and influence.

Target audience

Depending on the background of the course participants, the course is suitable for aspiring or experienced leaders in any sector who’d like to refresh their knowledge and learn about latest research in the field of psychology of inspiring others.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on leadership philosophy across cultures
  2. Identify different attributes that contribute to effective leadership success and failure
  3. Analyze and influence the impact of culture on leadership topics and success

Course Introduction

The course participants will get input regarding a number of theories and models around leadership that have constantly expanded over time. The course facilitates the exploration of leadership personality and related challenges. Finally, the course will help participants to reflect on the role of leadership in their career.

The course is structured into the following lessons:

Course structureLesson
Section B1: Leadership Philosophy
–       Leadership PhilosophyB1
Section B2: Leaders and Followers
–       “Sharedness” in LeadershipB2
–       Humor as a Leadership StrategyB3
Section B3: Personality and Leadership
–       Self-Leadership and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleB4
–       Compassionate LeadershipB5
Section B4: Inspirational Leaders
–       Inspiring Leaders & Own ReflectionB6
Section B5: Leadership, (Cultural) Threats, and Change
–       Resistance to ChangeB7
–       Rewarding ChangeB8
–       Cross-Cultural Transformational LeadershipB9
–       Social System JustificationB10
–       Benefits of an Internal Locus of ControlB11
–       Tolerance for AmbiguityB12
Section B6: Leadership, Power, and Influence
–       Distributed LeadershipB13


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