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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to leadership: Why studying leadership matters
    • The foundations of leadership development: knowledge, practice and values
    • Defining Leadership & Management
    • Tensions between theory and practice
    • The Evolution of Leadership Theory: Charismatic, Values/Ethical, Transformational, Servant, Democratic, Situational, Authoritative
    • Leadership Practice: HBR Team Leadership Simulation; Key team / people leadership capabilities
    • Power / Influence and Decision Making
    • Systemic Leadership: Networks, Systems thinking, Futures, Strategic leadership, Complexity
    • Leadership Development: Strategies and interfaces, Personal Leadership Development Reflection, Leadership Panel from industry, Team Presentations
    • Defining Leadership & Management
    • Tensions between theory and practice
    • The Evolution of Leadership Theory: Charismatic, Values/Ethical, Transformational, Servant, Democratic, Situational, Authoritative
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Online assignment submission
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of leadership theory and practice,
  2. critically analyse leaders and leadership,
  3. evaluate leadership theories and their application within a range of challenges in global organisations,
  4. evaluate contemporary leadership theory and practice and integrate this into a personal leadership development framework.
  • Assignment 1 - Simulation and Reflection (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study Analysis (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Critical Evaluation (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Introduce MBA students to contemporary leadership theory and practice, including emergent leadership theories, ethics and governance, cross-cultural leadership and the role leaders play in building sustainable organisations. The focus is on the challenges leaders face in global organisations. Subject content is responsive to the increased complexity and rapid pace of contemporary society which demands higher, more ethical and more innovative levels of leadership. A multidimensional approach is adopted to critically analyse leaders and leadership, which includes doing, seeing, talking, reading and writing about leadership. Activities require students to integrate and synthesize these five leadership activities to demonstrate the development of theory from practice and practice into theory.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

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