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Psychology of Leadership

Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2022
Juniorprof. Dr. Pisitta Vongswasdi
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
Leaders are key players in organizational functioning because they critically affect the people they work with - both inside and outside of their organizations. Leaders are in a unique position to motivate employees to deliver excellent performance, engage employees for the organizations' mission and vision, and ensure alignment with societal interests.Meanwhile, leaders may also be a primary source of conflict and demotivation. Some of their behavior may incur major organizational and societal costs.Therefore, it is important to understand how leadership can bring out the best in people, as well as how leadership may go wrong.
Date Time
Wednesday, 12.01.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 26.01.2022 09:45 - 17:00
Wednesday, 09.02.2022 09:45 - 17:00
Wednesday, 23.02.2022 09:45 - 17:00
Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

1. Understand and apply the core and state-of-the-art theories of leadership;

2. Have insights into success factors and challenges in leadership positions;

3. Deliver theoretically sound and practically relevant recommendations for positive leadership;

4. Develop critical thinking of leadership theories and research.

This course explores theories, research, and practice of leadership effectiveness to build a deeper understanding of the key issues in the psychology of leadership and leadership processes. Taking a collaborative learning (co-learning) approach, the course aims to generate an iterative cycle of knowledge sharing, reflection, and experimentation. Students will learn to translate leadership research insights into evidence-based management practice. Major themes of the course include core and state-of-the art leadership theories, leader-follower relationships, leading with ethics, and challenges in leadership.
- Weekly memos (from readings and class discussion) - 20%

- Case report - Leadesrhip Challenge - 40%

- Co-learning project - 40%

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