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Leading and Managing People


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course is about the human side of organisations. Key to managing people in organizations is the recognition of the value of employees for organizational effectiveness. Professional organizations are operating in rapidly changing and increasingly competitive environments. The success or failure of these organizations depends heavily on the expertise, skills and behaviours of their personnel. This is why an understanding of people, and the human side of organizations, is a key part of your later profession. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the human factor of organizations. You will learn leadership and management theories that offer important insights in building an organization that can attract, develop, and retain well-performing individuals. A variety of topics are discussed on the basis of influential models from the field of Organizational Behavior (OB). Students will gain an extensive understanding of organizational behavior concepts, theories, and models and will have the chance to use them in addressing organizational issues.

During this course, students explore current issues and challenges regarding leadership and people management within organizations. The course covers three levels, namely (1) individuals in organizations (e.g., personality, motivation), (2) groups and teams (e.g., teamwork, leadership), and (3) organizational analysis (e.g., organizational culture). You will learn to think analytically and critically about the complexities of managing human resources in organizations. In essence, Leading and Managing People is about the core areas of Human Resource Management (HRM). How do you select the right person for the right position? How do you motivate and reward an employee such that he or she performs optimally? How can you lead your employees effectively? It is important to acknowledge that much of the work in organizations is currently performed in groups. How do group dynamics impact the behaviours of individuals? We will also discuss the fit between the individual and the workplace and its consequences for stress, productivity, and engagement. Moreover, practical implications of current issues, worldwide developments (e.g., crises) and new ways of working (e.g., telework) are discussed.

Course objectives

Students are expected to acquire a clear understanding of the major Organizational Behaviour topics. They will also develop skills that will enable them to apply theories to practical problems in organizations in a critical manner. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to (a) explain how individuals and groups impact the behaviour within organizations, (b) critically evaluate organizational practices, and (c) apply theories and concepts to develop strategies for improving individual work performance as well as the performance of teams in organizations. The knowledge and abilities acquired from taking this module should help students as future employees to enhance their employment experiences.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, Q&A, class discussions, experiential exercises, and collaborative learning.

Assessment method

Students will be evaluated according to the following two components:
1. Individual written exam (70%)
2. Individual assignment (30%)

The written exam is a closed-book exam, consisting of multiple choice and open questions. All chapters and articles mentioned as weekly readings are compulsory. The exam will also cover what is discussed in class.

Partial grades can compensate for each other in passing the course, but a minimum of 4.0 for the individual assignment and a minimum of 5.0 for the exam are required. Individual assignments can't be retaken.
The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the exams will take place.

Reading list

  • Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. Organizational Behavior (18th updated global edition). Pearson. ISBN: 9781292403069. (please note: editions vary substantially and you need the global edition)

  • Selected articles (see Brightspace).


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


For all questions you can contact

Note: If you are an ICTiBPS student, you can contact the programme coordinator of ICTiBPS for any questions about your program.


  • There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator.

  • Students are responsible for enrolling/unenrolling themselves for (partial) exams/retakes.

  • Students who do not enroll themselves for an exam/retake by the deadline are not allowed to take the exam/retake.

  • Students fail the course if any of the partial components (except the exam) that make up the final mark of the course is assessed below 4.0.

  • Students fail the course if the grade for the (final) exam is assessed below 5.0.

  • The final grade is expressed as a whole or half number between 1.0 and 10.0, including both limits. The result is not to be expressed as a number between 5.0 and 6.0.

  • If one of the components of the final mark constitutes a component that assesses attendance or class participation, students cannot take a retake for this component. Therefore, students fail the course if their mark for this component is less than 4.0.

  • Partial grades, inclusive the exam grade will not be rounded. If partial grades will be communicated, it is possible partial grades are rounded, but unrounded partial grades will be used in the calculation of the final grade. The final grade will be rounded at 0.5 (5.49 will rounded down to a 5 and a 5.5 will be rounded up to a 6.0).

  • Students pass the course if the final grade is 6.0 or higher (5.49 will rounded down to a 5 and a 5.5 will be rounded up to a 6.0).

  • It is not possible to do retakes for group assignments. Therefore, if students fail the group assignment component, they fail the course.

  • For courses, for which class participation is an assessment component, students may not be penalised for an absence if the student has a legitimate justification for this absence. The student must notify the program coordinator via email ( of such an absence BEFORE the lecture, describing the reason for missing the lecture. If the student does not notify the program coordinator before the lecture, the student will be penalised. Students may be required to provide further documentation to substantiate their case, and class attendance requirements are only waived under exceptional circumstances such as illness.

  • Students who are entitled to more exam/retake time must report to 10 days before the exam/retake takes place.