This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.
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This course presents and discusses aspects of psychology that can offer insights into the nature of leadership. The ways in which both natural evolution and cultural evolution have shaped human behaviour are addressed, as well as recent findings from neuroscience.

These psychological issues are reviewed from the perspective of potential interventions to enhance organisational performance.

Often leaders have to deal with complex situations, where both the current status and the desired status are unknowable. Complexity science and psychology have come together to offer insights into these intangible matters, and the module will demonstrate some practical techniques for dealing with complexity.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 05 - 07 Jun 2023
  • Duration3 days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£1,155

What you will learn

This course aims to develop more effective leaders and followers through the following knowledge and skills:

  • Assessing the value of key psychological approaches for understanding leadership
  • Understanding the principles of how behaviour relates to organisational performance
  • Debating the relevance of complex leadership to defence
  • Evaluating the benefits of thinking skills for supporting effective leadership.

Core content

Origins: psychology as a discipline, evolutionary psychology, perception, emotion, consciousness

Individual differences: personality, intelligence, cognitive styles, assessment

Cognition: types of thinking, why thinking can go wrong, cognitive shapers and interventions, training, cognitive assessment

Thinking Skills and Leadership: military complexity and uncertainty, wicked problems, agile grouping, networks, complex adaptive groups, intuition, storytelling, social network analysis.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security Programme - Leadership and Management MSc

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for people who wish to contribute to the improvement of their organisation’s performance. It recognises that there are leadership issues at all levels and promotes a self-awareness and awareness of others that can help manage behaviour.


How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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