MAN 645: Leadership and Motivation

This course is designed to introduce students to different perspectives on leadership and the role that motivation plays in the leadership process. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of leadership theories (e.g., trait, skills, style, and situational approaches) and discusses contemporary challenges of leadership in organizations (e.g., culture and leadership, women in leadership positions, ethical leadership). Furthermore, the course gives students the opportunity to experience their own leadership behavior and thereby help to prepare them for leadership roles in organizations.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • understand different approaches to leading and motivating employees,
  • analyze different leadership styles and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages,
  • assess factors of successful leadership,
  • understand potential problems in the interaction between supervisors and subordinates,
  • and learn about their own leadership style.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS8 SWS
Exercise class2 SWS5 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (60 min)
Restricted admissionyes
Further information
Performing lecturer
Torsten Biemann
Prof. Dr. Torsten Biemann
Prof. Dr. Torsten Biemann
Frequency of offeringFall semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., LL.M., MAKUWI
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1
  • Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th edition). Sage Publications.
  • Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American Psychologist, 55(1), 68–78.
  • Locke, E. A., & Latham, G. P. (2002). Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation: A 35-year odyssey. American Psychologist, 57(9), 705–717.
Course outlineIntroduction
Trait approach
Skills approach
Behavioral approach
Situational approach
Work motivation
Path-goal theory
Goal-setting theory
Self-determination theory
Transformational leadership
Positive leadership
Gender and leadership
Culture and leadership