Art and Practice of Leadership

Art and Practice of Leadership

Unit code: BMO6050

Credit points: 12 

Globalisation and the changing nature of organisation mean that you are leading people and managing teams in complex environments. The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation. The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map leadership theory, practice and contemporary issues in a globalised environment taking a critical perspective
  2. Assess a leader's actions using an integrated theoretical framework
  3. Show evidence of enhanced personal knowledge, skills and attitudes (including cultural competence) as they relate to the effective exercise of leadership across boundaries
  4. Develop a personal leadership statement and action plan that demonstrates sound critical social analysis and a constructed understanding of what is an authentic leader
  5. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and all aspects of the work or functions required by a team.


The assessment for this unit has been designed specifically for our online students and will occur at various times across the seven-week study period.

Assessment activities may include essays, reports, case study analysis, tests and quizzes, reflective writing and/or business plans.

Related course/s

This unit is studied as part of the online Master of Business Administration.