Singapore University of Social Sciences

Leadership Throughout Time

Leadership Throughout Time (ABS356)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

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Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Are good or great leaders the most popular with their followers, the greatest showmen, the most powerful, and have great foresight? These features are helpful in identifying leaders, but do not explain or begin to help us understand – leadership (Prentice, 2004, 1961). What is leadership? Prentice points out that “[l]eadership is the accomplishment of a goal through the direction of human assistants” and the man who does this successfully is a leader. ABS356 Leadership Throughout Time presents and discusses the evolution of leadership over time and not leaders per se. At the end of the course, students will not only have a better understanding of leadership but more importantly how to succeed and be better leaders in their own organisations.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Leadership in the network society
  • Leadership – nature or nurture
  • Leadership theories and concepts
  • The social environment and leadership
  • Types of leaders and their styles
  • Barriers to effective leadership
  • Case Study A: leadership in the public service
  • Case Study B: leadership in the private sector
  • Case Study C: leadership in the non-profit sector
  • Case Study D: toxic leadership
  • Leadership skills to acquire I
  • Leadership skills to acquire II
  • Self-evaluation exercise

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the evolution and perception of leadership over time.
  • Compare and contrast the different leadership types present in society.
  • Show how leadership styles may evolve with a changing environment.
  • Develop core leadership skills/competencies that are necessary in an ever-changing environment e.g. listen, motivate, empower, network and have foresight.
  • Discuss the various ways to work with leaders in one’s own organisation to achieve organisational goals and objectives.
  • Prepare oneself to assume the leadership roles in one’s organisation when called upon to do so.
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