Unit 2.3 Leadership styles and strategies


In this unit we will explore some of the styles and strategies used by successful leaders to engage and develop the members of their team. The first part of the unit looks at a traditional management theory which establishes the principle of empowering people to take responsibility rather than instructing and telling them what to do and how to do it. The unit then builds on this principle as we find out which leadership styles and strategies successful leaders use to motivate their teams. You will have the opportunity to find out about your own leadership styles and explore some proven strategies to engage and develop your staff. You will be asked to consider and try out some of the styles and strategies to further develop your own leadership skills and understanding.


By the end of this unit of study you will be able to:

  • understand a range of leadership styles
  • identify the styles of leadership you use
  • explore several leadership strategies to engage your staff

Learning and practice outcomes:

You will:

  • consider and try a range of leadership styles
  • use one or two leadership strategies to engage your staff

Implementation Task:

Work with one of your teachers to enable them to use one or two of the tools from the Change Toolkit with a group of other staff.

Ben Zander - Classical music with shinning eyes

Steve Jobs – Stanford Commencement address

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BBC Perspectives on Leadership

Jim Collins - From Good to Great: What Defines a Level V Leader?

Jim Collins’ theory on moving from Good to Great