Leadership: Theory and Practice

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
BUSN 4460
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This seminar based course will provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of leadership through an examination of significant literary, historical, management, psychological and philosophical sources for insights into the nature and character of leadership. The course lectures, readings and discussions will focus on a several questions, beginning with the most fundamental: “What is Leadership?” and “What is good Leadership?” The relationship and roles of leaders and followers, the moral responsibility of leaders, the consequences of ineffective or bad leadership will be examined and discussed. One of the major tasks of the course will be to give students insights into the practice of leadership, by considering leadership as a “service to society” through the public, private and nonprofit organizations in which they choose to make their contributions.
Course Content
  1. History and origins of leadership theory
  2. Trait and behavioural theories of leadership
  3. Contingency theories
  4. Transactional, transforming and transformational leadership theories
  5. Cultural, anthropological, military and political leadership
  6. Modern leadership theories: charismatic, democratic, adaptive and authentic leadership theories
  7. Ethical Leadership; servant leadership
  8. Practicing Leadership in a multicultural society
  9. Leadership theory and practice in the 21st century
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Videos
  • Presentations and interactive exercises. 

This course is a fourth year seminar class, with a high degree of preparation required by both students and instructor.  Student presentations and interactive discussions will form an integral part of the learning experience.

Means of Assessment
Term Examination  20%
Individual Research Paper        25%
Oral Presentation   5%
Group Reports (1-3)  15%
Final Examination  25%
Participation  10%
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Identify, distinguish, and evaluate the various theories of leadership.
  2. Distinguish the roles and functions of leaders and followers.
  3. Develop an ethically informed assessment of leadership theory and practice.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills in the study and exercise of leadership.
  5. Make a convincing analysis and assessment of responsibility in leadership contexts.
  6. Understand and recognize, on a personal level, the practical skills that effective leadership requires.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students, one or more of the following:

  1. Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience. (2002), (4th ed.), by R.L. Hughes, R.C. Ginnett, & C.J. Curphy. (McGraw Hill).
  2. Practicing Leadership: Principles and Applications (2002), Arthur Shriberg, David Shriberg, & Carol Lloyd. (John Wiley & Sons).
  3. The Servant as Leader. (1970), Robert Greenleaf.  Robert K. Greenleaf Center.
  4. Leadership: Theory, Application, Skill Development. Robert Lussier, Christopher Achua. Latest edition. (Thomson).
  5. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership. (2011), (2nd ed.), by Brad Jackson & Ken Parry. (Sage)
  6. Theory and Practice of Leadership. (2010), by Roger Gill. (Sage).

Or such textbook as approved by the Business Department.



A minimum of 60 credits

(ENGL 1130 with a minimum grade of C+)


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU ORGB 327 (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 305 (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BADM 2XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC LEAD 2XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR MGMT 3XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2015/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOBU 2XXX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2010/01/01 to 2014/12/31
Langara College (LANG) LANG BUSM 2XXX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC MGMT 2XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2015/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 2XX (3) 2010/01/01 to 2014/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 4990 (3) 2010/01/01 to 2014/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MNGT 2XXX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW BUSI 3XX (3) 2015/01/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW BUSM 311 (3) 2010/01/01 to 2014/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MGMT 2nd (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 4th (3) 2010/01/01 to 2014/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 2nd (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 3XX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 2XX (1.5) 2010/01/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC HOSP 4460 (3) 2015/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

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