Leadership with Style

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    A leader not only does and is different things but also has different ways or styles of doing leadership. This is the topic of this short course. 

    We will address the question of what some leadership styles are and how they can be used. We will also think about why we use certain leadership styles and not others and if there are elements to help us know which style to use.

    The assumption of the discussion is there are many possible leadership styles and that as a leader, you should adopt a variety of them, lest your leadership be impoverished.  Leadership is an organisational function that calls you to learn how to do different things in different contexts and good leaders are reflective practitioners who reflect on his/her practice and take on different styles at different times. Some of these may come naturally, and others need to be learned and may require a great deal of concentration and deliberate effort. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course introduces the concept of leadership styles and involves you in a critical evaluation of their relevance to your leadership role. The course is relevant to leaders in theological education who wish to creatively and discerningly engage with a variety of styles.

    Course content
    • Introducing leadership styles
    • The arts of leadership
    • The Hay/McBer leadership styles
    • Leadership styles and the Bible
    • Styles in context
    • Solving case studies  


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE, and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation, and online education. 

    Course materials are authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham and Dr Perry Shaw and are delivered through the Postgraduate Programmes in Theological Education offered by the London School of Theology.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning (online work and project)

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, engage a set of case studies and pass a quiz testing your basic knowledge and understanding of leadership styles. 

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