Leadership in Organizations (SoSe)

Please note: Course will not be offered in summer term 2021!

This course serves to introduce students to different historic and contemporary perspectives on leadership. Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of leadership theories (e.g., trait, skills, style, and situational approaches) and study findings on the effectiveness of these approaches and discuss contemporary leadership challenges and developments in organizations (e.g., culture and leadership, women and ethnic minorities in leadership positions, ethical leadership, team leadership). In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience their own leadership behavior in order to help them prepare for taking on leadership roles in organizations.

Content: The lecture focuses on  topics such as:

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Trait approach
  • Skills approach
  • Style Approach
  • Situational approach
  • Contingency theory
  • Path-goal theory
  • Leader-Member Exchange
  • Charismatic-transformational leadership & transactional leadership
  • Passive & destructive leadership
  • Ethical, servant, and authentic leadership
  • Women and leadership
  • Culture and leadership
  • Substitutes for leadership
  • Team leadership & self-managed teams

Language: English

Teacher: Prof. Dr. Claudia Buengeler

Registration and Downloads: You will find all Information on OLAT.

Credit points / SWS: 5 LP / 3 SWS (2 SWS Lecture and 1 SWS Tutorial)

Dates and Location: For all information about dates and locations please see UnivIS

Cycle: Lecture: weekly, Tutorial: every second week.

Examination Form: Written examination and group assignment


  • Primary: Northouse, P. G. (2019). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th. ed). Sage: Los Angeles.

  • Secondary: Yukl, G. A. (2013). Leadership in Organizations (8th. ed, global edition). Pearson: Boston.
    Antonakis, J. & Day, D. V. (2017). The Nature of Leadership (3rd ed.). Sage: Los Angeles.

  • Selected key articles will be introduced in class; the assignment requires students to search and use additional articles.