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Short Course
Leadership Skills
Synergy is created when a team can work together. In order to have an effective and efficient team, a leader is needed. All employees need leadership skills. It is important to learn how to be innovative, to make decisions and to take accountability for work. The NWU VTC’s CCPD is in a unique position to offer this short course due to affiliation with local business in the Vaal area, and is in close proximity of major cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria. The qualified expertise available at NWU VTC’s CCPD exhibit competence and experience in the topic.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with skills and knowledge to lead and make decisions (e.g. in projects, relating to crises at the office, etc.). Learn about different types of leadership styles as well as emotional intelligence. After this short course, participants will be able to explain the concept of leadership, differentiate between leadership and management, analyse leadership theories, and apply the different roles and qualities of leadership in a work context.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Grade 12.
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  1. Explain the concept of leadership.
  1. Identify and explain various definitions of leadership with examples in the workplace (At least four definitions are provided).
  2. Explain the roles and qualities of a leader using examples (Qualities of a leader should include at least five examples but are not limited to humaneness, empathy, objectivity transparency, accountability, responsibility, honesty, integrity, assertiveness, and consistency, reference to historical and present leaders.  Leadership roles include but are not limited to being a visionary, motivating self and other, creating synergies, facilitating a developmental environment, being an innovator, being creative).
  1. Differentiate between leadership and management.



  1. Define and differentiate leadership and management using examples.
  2. Differentiate the roles and qualities of a leader and compare with those of a manager in a work context.
  3. Discuss and explain the concepts of accountability and responsibility pertaining to a leader and manager in terms of advantages and disadvantages in the work place (Accountability and responsibilities should include at least two examples but are not limited to complying with related institutional policy and procedures, local government legislation, levels of authority, structure of organisation).
  4. Compare the role of a leader and a manager in terms of their complementary roles in the work place.
  1. Analyse leadership theories (at least four different leadership theories must be identified and analysed).


  1. Identify and discuss the various theories of leadership in a work context.
  2. Examine trends and development relating to the different leadership theories with examples (At least four examples but not limited to trait leadership, leadership based on behaviour styles, servant leadership, transformational leadership and visionary leadership).
  3. Justify the various leadership theories in terms of advantages and disadvantages.
  1. Apply the different roles and qualities of leadership in a work context.


  1. Analyse the roles and qualities within leadership contexts with examples.
  2. Analyse the leadership style of selected leaders in order to determine its effect in a context (at least three case studies are analysed).
  3. Analyse the term role-model in order to establish its effect on the work context.
  4. Select and apply a leadership theory in own work context.
  5. Analyse leadership roles, qualities and abilities in order to formulate own leadership development strategy.


Formative and summative assessment is used during this short course.
Method of assessment: 
A range of formative assessments will be conducted during the presentation of the short course. Two summative assessments will be conducted at the end of the short course in the form of an assignment.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Managers, Municipalities, Business owners and other Employees.
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821