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    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.

    MANT 252 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!

    About this paper

    Paper title Developing Responsible Leadership
    Subject Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MANT 101 or 90 points
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Tracie Leckie

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.


    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 their 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 their own leadership capabilities and preferred leadership style
    • Understand their 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 their peers
    • Encourage groups to take positive action
    • Reflect on practice and learn from success and failure
    • Articulate models and theories that inform their understanding of effective leadership


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
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    A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A4 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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