Leadership in Organizations (SoSe)

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 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 the course the critical role that emotions and motivation play in the leadership process will be highlighted. 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.


  • Early and contemporary trait approach
  • Skills approach 
  • Style Approach
  • Situational approach
  • Contingency theory 
  • Path-goal theory 
  • Leader-Member Exchange
  • Charismatic-transformational leadership & Full Range of Leadership theory
  • 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

                 Dipl.-Psych. Svenja Plidschun

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. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th. ed., int. student ed.). Sage: Los Angeles.
  • Secondary: Yukl, G.A. (2013). Leadership in Organizations (8. edition, global edition). Pearson: Boston.
    Antonakis & Day (2017). The Nature of Leadership (3rd ed.). Sage.
  • Selected articles: Selected key articles will be introduced in class; the assignment will require students to search and use additional articles.