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MANT252 Developing Responsible Leadership

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 organisation).

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
Paper code MANT252
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $887.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
MANT 101 or 90 points
Schedule C
Commerce
Contact
management@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Tracie Leckie

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.

Textbooks

Required: Fisher Thornton, L. (2013). 7 lenses: Learning the principles and practices of ethical leadership. Richmond, VA: Leading in Context LLC.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-38, 40-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

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.

MANT252 is a course for current and future Change-Makers; people who have a burning desire to affect the world in a meaningful way. It will be valuable to students from all disciplines and across all divisions. The course aims to provide an introduction to ethically responsible leadership with a focus on self-awareness of students' own values, strengths and weaknesses and on developing leadership skills for working in teams and diverse situations. The lecture series exposes students to a variety of theoretical and research-based leadership concepts and styles and looks at what it means to be a global citizen in todays’ world.

This is a course with a strong experiential focus – because leadership can’t be learned from just textbooks or lectures. This course includes weekly tutorials which have a strong teamwork focus and will help develop a range of leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills. A major component of the course is the social action project which allows students to align with a community organisation or issue that they care about and work effectively to bring value to that organisation, whist simultaneously learning that even small pebbles can make large waves.

Prospective students require enthusiasm, a desire to be an active citizen, a ‘can-do’ attitude and a commitment to their teams and community stakeholders. All classes are compulsory to ensure that students are fully committed to this service-learning opportunity, have the required skills and knowledge to work safely in the community and represent themselves and the University to the highest standards. Terms requirements apply. The course is designed to be interesting, motivating, at times challenging, but most of all, fun!

Paper title Developing Responsible Leadership
Paper code MANT252
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
MANT 101 or 90 points
Schedule C
Commerce
Contact
management@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Tracie Leckie

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.

Textbooks

Fisher-Thornton, L. (2013). 7 Lenses: Learning the Practices & Principles of Ethical Leadership. Leading in context LLC: Richmond, Virginia.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Ethics, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of your own leadership skills, in particular with respect to the context of responsible decision making.
  • Experience working in small teams during exercises to assess and practise necessary leadership communication skills and gain practice interacting with the broader community outside of the University.
  • Understand a range of leadership styles and when their use may be appropriate.
  • Understand your own leadership capabilities and preferred leadership style.
  • Understand your own ethical values and parameters.
  • Practice ethical and socially responsible leadership.
  • Use interpersonal practices in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Appreciate how your behaviour affects others from a variety of cultures.
  • More effectively resolve conflict with your peers.
  • Encourage groups to take positive action.
  • Reflect on practice and learn from success and failure.
  • Articulate models and theories that inform your understanding of effective leadership.

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41