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2015 Unit of Study

The session(s) below are for 2015. For Summer School 2015 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2016).

The University of Sydney session calendar shows exact dates for sessions.

Leadership Practice and Development
UoS Code SMBA6001
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 1, Semester 2 and Intensive July
Prerequisites None
Assumed Knowledge
Additional Information
Lectures Intensive - 8 x full-day participatory seminars and workshops over semester
Assessment Peer feedback and bonuses (30%), action plan (10%), reflective best self (5%), ideal job summary (5%), attendance, participation and contribution to knowledge base (15%), coaching programming (35%)
Description Sound leadership is more important than ever for today's organisations and is therefore a major component of this MBA programme. To date, leadership has not been particularly well-taught because of the over-emphasis of the descriptive characteristics of certain celebrity leaders and the under-emphasis of training and practicing as leaders. This unit of study teaches leadership in a fundamentally different way through training and developing students on specific leadership skills in small groups. The emphasis is on learning by doing so that students receive regular and ongoing feedback on their leadership competencies such as motivating, listening, receiving feedback, team work, delegating and confronting. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with a breadth and depth of fundamental leadership skills which they will be able to apply on a daily basis in their workplace. There will also have a sound grasp of how these leadership skills relate to a body of knowledge from classical and contemporary theories of leadership.