• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Edward Russell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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In this course we will explore the nature and conduct of organizational leadership in the public sector.   As public sector challenges become increasingly complex, leadership is becoming less about simple authority and more about narratives, learning, trust and collaboration. The course will explore a range of topics within leadership: transactional and transformational approaches, learning and value centred leadership, cross-cultural approaches, gender, power and influence,  self-awareness and emotions in leadership, communication styles to build more effective relationships, teams and collaborative approaches to leadership. Where possible, we will make use of case studies to apply concepts to real-world situations.  Broadly speaking, the course is based on Heifetz et al.’s notion of adaptive leadership which defines leadership as the act of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. This approach thus emphasizes leadership as: a) a behavior not a position, b) an adaptive rather than technical challenge and c) inherently value laden, and d) inherently emotionally challenging. While technical challenges have known solutions, adaptive challenges require changes in values, beliefs and attitudes and usually require collaborative problem definition and resolution. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own practice in the light of these topics through a mix of readings and experiential activities designed to foster self-reflection and practice. Students will be encouraged to apply ideas from the course to their unique personal, organisational and national contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of this course, participants who participate actively in the course should be able to:

  • Understand a range of different models of leadership and their relevance to different contexts
  • Articulate key tensions and competing commitments in leadership
  • Articulate and apply differences between authority and other sources of power and influence
  • Generate multiple perspectives and interpretations of leadership dilemmas.
  • Evaluate and better analyse situations in terms of stakeholders, needs and interests.
  • Articulate their own guiding principles for leadership.
  • Design and implement more effective approaches to leadership in their own unique situations.

Indicative Assessment

  • 50 % Critical conceptual Essay
  • 50% Personal Leadership Dilemma

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Preliminary Reading

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1338
2014 $3582
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3576
2010 $3570
2009 $3570
2008 $3402
2007 $3132
2006 $3084
2005 $2988
2004 $2412
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Year Fee
1994-2003 $3672
2014 $4146
2013 $4140
2012 $4140
2011 $4134
2010 $4134
2009 $4002
2008 $4002
2007 $3864
2006 $3864
2005 $3864
2004 $3864
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5781 25 Jul 2014 22 Aug 2014 22 Aug 2014 20 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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