MGMT5523 Becoming a Leader: Perspectives on Leadership Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Developing leadership skills, competencies and potential is thought to traverse the entire lifespan. No longer is it considered state-of-the-art to take people away from their work to develop as leaders through programs, workshops, seminars or other episodic interventions. Rather, state-of-the-science approaches focus on using ongoing experiences as a way to foster and accelerate leadership development. This unit explores various experience based approaches to developing leaders and leadership. The unit is designed to foster interactions among participants in class as well as outside class. The instructional approach uses experiential exercises, case studies (video and written), projects and discussions to facilitate learning and personal development as leaders. Among the topics covered in the unit, specific attention is given to understanding various theories and models of change, how to enhance development and human and social capital, using assessment for development techniques, conceptualising and leveraging network perspectives on developing shared leadership capacity, and leading development of self and others at individual and collective levels.
Students are able to (1) understand various approaches to leadership development; (2) identify key factors that influence the development of leaders and leadership; (3) demonstrate skills in leveraging opportunities and diagnosing challenges to ongoing development; and (4) demonstrate skills and expertise in developing shared leadership capacity through working with others.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) leadership case study; and (3) peer development plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Greg Yerkes
Unit rules
MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour;
enrolment in one of the following courses: Master of Business Administration (coursework); Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation); Graduate Certificate in Leadership;
approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Contact hours
trimester—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week; non-standard teaching period—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 5 hours per week over 7 weeks
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