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Unit Overview


Leadership is a key variable affecting individual, group, and organisational performance. In this unit students will explore major psychological concepts, models and theories of leadership, including both conventional and alternative perspectives. Through critical discussion of leadership research and its practical applications in a range of organisational contexts, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader and to develop others as effective leaders. Students will work together on a small group project to deepen their understanding of various leadership topics and practice shared leadership.

In the unit, exercises, self-assessments, and case study analysis will be used to develop personal and interpersonal leadership skills and capabilities. Coaching is a critical competency required of leaders and those who support them. Students will learn the foundations of evidence-based coaching and engage in many practical components to develop their coaching skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, models and theories of leadership and coaching; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of both conventional and alternative perspectives on leadership for a variety of work settings and situations; (3) work dynamically as a team to explore leadership and practice; and (4) analyse leadership development needs and develop an action plan to improve leadership potential.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) small group project; (2) quizzes; and (3) leadership 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)
Dr Darja Kragt
Unit rules
Enrolment in
53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
or 73550 Master of Business Psychology
or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities

Readings will consist of scientific publications to be provided via the Learning Management System.

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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.