An introduction to ethically responsible leadership with a focus on self-awareness of students' own values, strengths and weaknesses, and on developing skills through practical exercises and a social action project.
Leadership in the sense of 'getting things done through people' requires
all sorts of responsible interpersonal influencing skills. Increasing both personal
effectiveness and team output requires being able to analyse employee or manager behaviour
in order to understand both its person-related determinants (e.g. intelligence or
motivation) and work-situation-related causes (e.g. nature of the team or type of
For that reason, you will investigate two main types of frameworks for studying leadership. In particular you will focus on the difference between 'dimensional' (generalised personal styles) or 'situational' (concrete work) approaches and apply both. For instance in studying leadership as a means for responsible interpersonal influence, you will learn to focus on the leader as a person and on leadership as a process that incorporates both the situation and the followers.
In both cases the key to responsible leadership is decision making: both with respect to what needs to be done (which competencies, which skills) and with respect to how to assess the effectiveness of what will be done (which criterion, for instance human consideration or organisational effectiveness).
The paper has a strong group component, and through this you will definitely get a feel for responsible leadership in teams. As with life and leadership, the paper can be challenging, but you will learn and you will make a positive impact in the local community — and you might even have fun!
|Paper title||Developing Responsible Leadership|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$863.25|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,276.80|
- MANT 101 or 90 points
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Dr Brian Spisak
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures and tutorials.
- Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, 8th Edition, By Richard Hughes, Robert Ginnett, and Gordon Curphy
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Upon successful completion of this paper, you should be able to better understand:
- Academic Skills: You will analyse and critically reflect on existing literature on leadership and related areas, and translate this knowledge to different types of settings.
- Knowledge: You will obtain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and methodological domain of leadership research.
- Bridging Theory and Practice: Ability to deal creatively and systematically with problems that arise in practice. This paper will help you to structure and solve practical issues in the area of leadership and management by applying relevant theoretical and methodological concepts.
- Social Skills: You will work in small teams during exercises to assess and practise skills of interpersonal influence. You will also gain practice interacting with the broader community outside of the University.
- Self-awareness: You will develop a deeper understanding of your own leadership skills, in particular with respect to the context of responsible decision making.
- FUN: You will learn that knowledge is not only powerful, but also fun.