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Course Outline

Course Title: Leadership

Credits: 03 Area: OB &HR Course Code: OBHR 605

Instructor Email:

Prof. Venkateswaran A

Batch: MBA 2018-20 Term-5: October 14, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Course Description:

The Course is primarily set in the context of the role of Operating Level Leaders in
organizations and focuses on the Practice of Leadership. It deals with Leadership actions
that help Set Directions to efforts of people, Gain Alignment & Commitment, Facilitate
Performance, contribute to Developing Competencies, and Build Teams. It is built around
the frame that Leadership is about being a ‘Catalyst’, involves developing ‘Conscious
Followership’, and requires the ability to Influence through the use of ‘Personal Power’

Course Objectives:

1. Establish a ‘Perspective’ of Leadership

2. Develop an understanding of Leadership Role & Tasks at the Operating Level and
become Conceptually Competent to carry out these Tasks

3. Help Understand the nature and practice of Facilitative Leadership

5. Develop an understanding of ways of Building High Performance Teams

6. Help understand the process and key components associated with Executing Strategy
at the front line

7. Help understand how Change initiatives may be facilitated in an organisation

8. Provide an overview of the role of Strategic Level Leadership

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Learning Outcomes:

1. Define and Comprehend the Role and Tasks of Leaders

2. Use Interaction Principles & Process in Leadership Interactions

3. Carry out ‘Catalyst’ Interactions for Setting Performance Expectations, Feedback, and

4. Recognize status of Team Success Factors in Teams and consider options of actions to
develop / strengthen them

5. Recognize ‘Critical Success Factors’ that will help translate Strategy to Results, set
‘Measures of Performance’ to facilitate effective Execution, and Accountability and
Commitment to Action

6. Consider appropriate courses of actions that will help manage Change

Pre-requisite course(s), if any:



A combination of Lecture, Video based discussions, Case/ Situation Analysis, Simulations,

Interviews*, Guest Interface*

*depends on availability of target Interviewees / Guests

Prescribed Text Book(s): Required and Recommended

Select Readings will be provided during the Course

Attendance Policy:

As per Student Handbook 2019-20 IFMR GSB, Krea University

Database / Software requirements (if applicable):


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Course Evaluation:

S. No. Component Weightage Corresponding

(%) Learning
1. Mid-Term
Examination (Open /
Closed Book)
2. End-Term 50%
Examination ( Closed
3. Quiz (announced ) 25% 1-3
4. Individual Projects or
5. Group Projects or 25% 5
6. Class Participation

7. Others

Total 100

Session wise Details: (topics, cases and readings)

Session No. Topic Readings / Cases / Others *

& Date
Context of Leadership in
contemporary organizations,
1&2 Perspectives on Leadership,
Leadership at Strategic
& Operating levels, Leading for
Performance, Leadership Success
Factors, Facilitative Leadership

Leaders as ‘Catalysts’; ‘Influencing’ Video Support

3&4 through the use of
Personal Power, Leadership
Interactions- The Process and

Setting, and Gaining Commitment

5&6 Video Support
to Performance Expectations

7,8,9 Video Support/Role Play/Simulations

Facilitating Performance &
Development through effective
Feedback & Coaching

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10,11 &12 Executing Strategy at the Front Line Situation Brief

13 14 &15 Developing & Nurturing Teams Situation Brief

16,17 Facilitating Change Case /Situation Brief

18 Leadership at the Strategic level


Note: A Quiz/ Knowledge Check will be scheduled after the 9th Session

* Additional readings may be provided as required.

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