School of Business and Management

BUSM139 Leadership Skills for Business Analytics


2 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Professor Maxine Robertson


Module overview

The primary aim of this module is to help you develop a mix of leadership skills necessary to provide effective leadership for analytical initiatives and projects. You will get an understanding of how to lead a team with transactional and transformational leadership which includes for example delegating the 'right' tasks, inspiring others, persuasive communication, and stimulating team members to think outside the box. You will also develop the capacity to work effectively beyond the borders of your team and to build high-quality relationships with peers, other team leaders and stakeholders. Finally, you will be equipped with skills necessary to create buy-in from internal and external clients such as presentations skills, creating convincing narratives and pitching initiatives.


20% coursework and 80% coursework

Indicative reading list


  • Kotter, J.P (1990): What Leaders Really Do. In: Harvard Business Review, May-Jun, 68(3), pp. 103-111
  • Northouse, P. (2013): Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6e, Sage, Los Angeles et al., chapter 1 (Introduction), chapter 4 (Style Approach), chapter 9 (Transformational Leadership)
  • Bass, B. M. (1990): From Transactional to Transformational Leadership: Learning to Share the Vision. In: Organizational Dynamics, 18 (3), pp. 19-32
  • Yukl, G., 2009: Leadership in Organizations, 8e., Upper Saddle River, Pearson, chapter 4 (Change Leadership)
  • Bruch, H. & Vogel, B. (2011): Fully Charged: How Leaders Boost their Organisation’s Energy and Ignite High Performance, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston MA, chapter 1 (The energy matrix), chapter 2 (Mobilizing your organization’s energy), chapter 3 (Escaping the Corrosion Trap)
  • Bruch, H. & Menges, J. I. (2010): The Acceleration Trap, Harvard Business Review. In: Harvard Business Review, Vol. 88, No. 4, pp. 80-86
  • Anderson, C. (2013): How to Give a Killer Presentation. In: Harvard Business Review, June edition