Available in 2018, 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of leadership styles, behaviors and achievements in the context of contemporary organisations. Situational and contingency approaches to determining the effectiveness of leadership are evaluated from a practical perspective, and leadership competency frameworks are explored as diagnostic tools and as precursors to leadership development initiatives. Competing perspectives in organizational leadership practices are highlighted, and the concept of leaders as architects of climate and culture is considered through a series of case-studies. The case study method is used throughout this course to emphasize the practical applications of theory.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 3 - 2018
  • Trimester 1 - 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2019

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 1 - 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2018
  • Trimester 3 - 2019

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 2 - 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify a wide range of leadership styles evident in today¿s organisations, and articulate their distinctive features.

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the prominent leadership paradigms that assist in the analysis of leader effectiveness.

3. Critically examine the organizational contextual features that help to determine the efficacy of a range of leadership styles and approaches.

4. Apply the theoretical paradigms to provide an analysis of how leaders shape organizational climate in contemporary settings, and evaluate their potential effect on the culture of an organization over time.

5. Display an advanced awareness of their own predispositions, preferences and competencies in relation to exercising leadership in contemporary organisational settings.

6. Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of their leadership behaviours and experiences

7. Identify the stages of group development, and display an advanced awareness of the barriers to team effectiveness.

8. Present advanced analytical material professionally and convincingly, in a manner that is supported by reasoned argument.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Leadership Context - Situational diagnosis and contingency alignment, team dynamics: shifting, fluid and shared leadership in teams; strategic intent
  2. Leadership Reflection - Profile analysis, competency clusters, style preferences and transformational approaches;
  3. Leadership Mindset - Dark triad, emotional intelligence, ethical leadership; servant leadership, authentic leadership
  4. Leadership Outcomes - Networks, exercising power, crisis management, leaders as architects of organizational culture and climate

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Presentation

Report: Case Study Analysis

Portfolio: Self-Analysis Portfolio

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct, Sydney Elizabeth Street and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

This course consists of 36 hours of guided instruction provided on a trimester basis. Delivery will consist of 3 hours of face-to-face teaching over 12 successive weeks, or online or intensive mode equivalent.