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Leadership in Contemporary Organisations PG (7775.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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Leadership has been identified as an important variable in the achievement of desired outcomes. This unit explores leadership in theory and in practice and examines the development of our understanding of leadership. Key topics include: the nature of leadership; leadership and organisational performance; how and why leaders drive change; power, politics, and diversity in organisations; gender and leadership; and how to see the leadership potential in oneself and others.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain leadership theories and critique these theories with reference to the practice of leadership.

2. Recognise and analyse leadership theories in relation to the practice of leadership through research

3. Report on the practice of leadership and compare and contrast leadership practice with models of leadership behaviour.

4. Develop, through reflection and testing, self-knowledge in relation to the practice of leadership.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.





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