Leadership and followership
Leadership and followership

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Week 1


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Table 1: adapted from Gill, R. (2006) ‘Introduction’, Theory and Practice of Leadership, 3rd edn, London, SAGE Publications Ltd.

Week 2


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Different ways to lead: courtesy of Mind Tools www.MindTools.com


Table 2: extract from: http://www.ey.com/ us/ en/ issues/ talent-management/ talent-survey-members-of-each-generation-perceived-characteristics http://www/ ey.com

Week 3


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Figure 7: adapted from Gibbs reflective cycle, from Gibbs, G. (1988) Learning by Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods, Further Education Unit, Oxford, Oxford Polytechnic

Week 4


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Week 5


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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ courtesy Derek Sivers

Week 6


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Figure 4: adapted from Gibbs reflective cycle, from Gibbs, G. (1988) Learning by Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods, Further Education Unit, Oxford, Oxford Polytechnic

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Force Field Analysis: Courtesy: Mind Tools www.MindTools.com

Week 7


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The future of leadership: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=SeMHk54QC0k courtesy: The Marketing Academy


Table 1: extract from: McKinsey Global Institute Report ‘Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy’, 2013 http://www.mckinsey.com/

Table 2: Archer, D. and Cameron, A. (2013) ‘Chapter 12. The future collaborative leader’, in Collaborative Leadership: Building Relationships, Handling Conflict and Sharing Control, 2nd edn. Routledge.

Week 8


Activity 6: adapted from Hart, L. B. and Waisman, C. S. (2004) The Leadership Training Activity Book: 50 Exercises for Building Effective Leaders, US, Amacom, pp. 11–15


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