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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mrs Barb Wood
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.
or 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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.