Leadership and Management in Changing Times

CMM42 Elective course 3 ECTS
Period W42 - W43 10.10.14-22.10.14
Instructor James Mahone


This is a practice based facilitated learning course in which participants learn through lecture and presentation and participation. Class sessions will be conducted as both workshops and seminars. External resource people may be invited to present sessions. Participants are required to make presentations, lead focus groups on the assigned dates and evaluate performance of classmates.

Student’s active participationwillingness to be challenged and function outside their comfort zone are essential components of the learning experience. Throughout the course students may encounter situations that conflict with their culture or beliefs. Treat these as an opportunity to explore new ideas and modes of action.  

Goals and aims: 

The goal of this course is to develop leadership skills and confidence to manage groups. The aim is to accomplish this through active learner engagement and practice. Teaching objectives are to utilize a combination of lecture, student presentation and evaluation and role-play to achieve the course goals.

Teaching objectives:

At the end of the course, students will:

  1. Have a catalogue of useful facilitation techniques.
  2. Understand principles and practices in the conduct of facilitating group activities.
  3. Understand the challenges of leading in the current global context.
  4. Understand the principles of group dynamics, team building, conflict management and the application of appropriate techniques to enhance group effectiveness.
  5. Understand and negotiation techniques.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Confidently make effective oral presentations.
  • Be able to facilitate group discussions using appropriate facilitation techniques
  • Manage groups, group conflict and difficult behaviour.
  • Be able to negotiate effectively.


  • Maintain a daily learning journal – 20%  
  • Daily presentation of facilitated workshops and technique demonstration as per the schedule – 70%
  • Evaluation of peer student performance - 10%


James Mahone (Jim Mahone) holds a positions at the University of Guelph, Canada. As faculty member at UGuelph, he teaches two RES graduate courses: Leadership, Gender, Power and Advocacy and Facilitation Skills

His research interests are focused on leadership development, gender and leadership and capacity building in rural communities. In this line of work, Jim is participating in the development of a national rural network that will join major provincial and territorial rural organizations across Canada. This project is funded by the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and it has been promoted, among others, by the Coastal Communities Network (Nova Scotia), the British Columbia Coastal Communities Network, the Ontario Rural Council, Solidarite Rurale du Quebec, the Saskatchewan Council for Community Development and the University of Guelph. The final objective of this initiative is the creation of a rural advocacy body at a national level aimed at addressing the concerns of rural populations nationwide. 

Jim Mahone gave a lecture at the NAF 2013, held in Hólar, N-Iceland, titled "Enhancing Leadership Capacity through Community Engagement".

Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.