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Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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  • 11 to 30 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • English, Shqip

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CSR: The effects of leadership 1 (Short Version Part 1)(Resource ID: 368)

The teaching resource outline The effects of leadership styles on company success (Short Version Part 1, 2 and 3) describes the draft of a teaching resource consisting of 3 parts, that has been developed to teach students about leadership styles and the realities of being a leader of a multi-national company. These teaching resources will incorporate but are not limited to the following methods: Scenario Analysis, Case Study Teaching, Researching, Field Work, Discussion and a Mini Enterprise Project. The set describes three independent teaching resources, which are designed to be completed one after another (but not necessarily), these include: 1. Scenario Analysis – Did the leader act correctly? 2. Case Study Teaching – Famous Business Leaders 3. Fieldwork visit to a local company and Enterprise Project The outline " The effects of leadership styles on company success (Short Version Part 1, 2, 3)” is based (and slightly modified) on the Teaching Resource, “CSR: The effects of leadership styles in improving the employee performance and sustainable development in the food processing sector” The original teaching resource was split into several parts to make it easier to incorporate contemporary teaching styles and methods at various points of Business lectures. All parts do not need to be completed.

Part 1 – Scenario Analysis – Did the leader act correctly?

At the beginning of the lesson, students will be placed in groups of 2 – 3 and they will be presented with a scenario, for example; you are an employee at Company A and you have been told that you have been fired by your boss because you were late for work one morning, however your boss is late almost every morning. Was this correct mode of action by the boss? What would the ideal leader have done in this situation? Is the most vocal leader necessary the best leader? A leader has discussed confidential information about an employee to another employee, what should be done in this situation? Other scenarios could be found in local newspaper articles or from case studies.

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Having an effective leader is what many companies can attribute their success to, for example Bill Gates lead Microsoft to global success, as did Steve Jobs with Apple. The students will get the opportunity to look at successful companies and identify the attributes that have led to their success. They will learn that the skills these successful leaders have acquired in their lifetime were not necessarily from the theory they learned in university, but from first-hand experience of the business world, which is why the field work component is an excellent feature of these teaching resources.

Field work is a vital source of knowledge, as it provides students with first-hand practices of the real world. These teaching resources aim to provide students with an unconventional platform of learning about leadership styles. Through field work, students will be able to differentiate between different types of leadership styles that they have learned about, and how that affects the overall success of the company. This form of learning will provide students with the necessary tools to critically analyse the subject matter and provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the sustainable management strategies within the company, that is not only beneficial for leaders and the community around them, but for the students themselves who will have the opportunity to create their own mini enterprise project based on what they have learned.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Business companies are involved as active partners – students have the possibility to get in direct contact with employees in businesses and experience challenges in implementing sustainability management. The stakeholders from the businesses benefit from the collaboration as well as this, they receive external, fresh and creative perspectives on their activities from the students and recommendations about their sustainability management processes.
• Students learn to work in a team
• Students learn to solve real-life relevant problems
• Active learning experience for students
• Mutual learning for students and business stakeholders
• Students think about their own opportunities and responsibility in the context of global change
• Development of critical thinking skills
•Confidentiality problems – students may be inclined to disclose information to competitors.
•Stakeholder must agree to discuss their own business plan and real business life problems with students.
Learning Outcomes
• Analyse the company scenario
• Suggest the attributes of the ideal leader
Relevance for Sustainability
The students learn skills that allow them to think critically, to foster imagination and be active leaders. They will also get the opportunity to encourage sustainable innovation within the organization and perhaps encourage community involvement.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
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This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Samantha Prior
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UL - University of Limerick
University of Limerick


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