Psychology for Leadership


Psychology for leadership is a course aimed at leaders, future leaders, and those in leadership development. We will take an in-depth look at current models of leadership, and discover that Psychology offers valuable insight  into the key determinants of leadership success or failure. We will cover a range of topics including:

  • Are leaders born or made: can you equip people for leadership?- If so, what are the tools that they will need?
  • What are the essential characteristics that Leaders need, and crucially, what kinds of (leadership) characteristics mean that they are doomed to fail?
  • Diversity in leadership: how and why this improves business performance
  • What does it take to be a leader? Some tools for survival
  • Leadership development: how to identify psychometrics that will help

At the end of the course students will be able to identify key skills and abilities which are required for effective leadership. They will have an informed view about potential biases in recruitment and development practice, and how to overcome this. Some useful tools and techniques for leadership survival will be presented. Students will have an insight into psychometric tools, and how to choose the most appropriate tools for a range of circumstances.

A range of teaching methods are used, including seminars, discussions and case studies. Students need no prior psychological knowledge, but an open mind is essential!

Programme details


From 9.30am – 5.00pm

(you might want to bring in coffee with you in the morning, as there is none provided)

Breaks at 11.00am & 3.30pm for coffee/tea

from machines in the common room at Ewert House

Lunch at 1.00pm

is not provided, please feel free to bring your own or there are plenty of eateries nearby.


Recommended reading

Background Reading:

Furnham, A. (2005). The Psychology of Behaviour at Work, Psychology Press. (Available in Rewley House Library)

Furnham, A. -any of his books on Leadership, widely available, e.g.

Pendleton, D. & Furnham, A. (2012). Leadership: all you need to know. London, Palgrave.

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