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. WiPäd, M.Sc. VWL, M.Sc. Wirt. 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