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

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CSR: The effects of leadership 2 (Short Version Part 2)(Resource ID: 369)

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 2 – Case Study Teaching – Famous Business Leaders

Students will be presented with images of famous leaders of companies both locally and globally, using their description of their ideal leader in part 1, they will be asked to compare the attributes of these famous leaders to their ideal leader in part 1. The students will be asked why these companies and leaders have been so successful?

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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.
Strength
• 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
Weakness
•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
• Identify the attributes of successful leaders and their companies
•Compare and contrast successful leaders and companies to those who are not successful
•Prepare a set of questions for the stakeholders
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
Some knowledge of famous business leaders is needed
Preparation Efforts
Low
Preparation Efforts Description
Researching the case studies of famous business leaders
Access
Free
Assessment
N/A
Credit/Certification Description
N/A
Sources and Links

Original Teaching Resource - http://sustainicum.at/en/modules/view/268

Funded by
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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Contact

Samantha Prior
samantha.prior(at)ul.ie
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UL - University of Limerick
Institution:
University of Limerick
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Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Case study