• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Robert Marshall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course introduces learners to the principles and practices of Thought Leadership.  It draws on theories and frameworks from psychology, management, and philosophy to explore the role that leaders play in leading discussions, raising awareness and changing behaviours on issues that impact the growth and progress of our society.  Sessions will provide opportunities to develop skills and practices for effectively leading innovation, adaptation and change, for managing through uncertainty and building communities of practice.  In developing an evidence-based approach to thought leadership, you will learn essential meta-cognitive abilities, skills to inspire and engage others, gain insight into how to turn ideas into reality and how to transfer these skills to others, integrating them into organisational culture.  This course is designed for people wishing to take a courageous approach to work and leadership, who aspire to act as catalysts for new ideas, alternate practices and organisational learning and change.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Classify historical and contemporary approaches to leadership and expertise and distinguish the consequences of these approaches on how people work. (EBM: Ask and Understand)
  2. Use appropriate theories and frameworks to address specific leadership, interpersonal and organisational challenges. (EBM: Acquire and Apply)
  3. Critique the factors and events contributing to success in leadership, adaptation and innovation based on strong research literacy. (EBM: Appraise and Evaluate)
  4. Summarize relevant empirical evidence regarding the contextual and organisational factors influencing the way people think and act at work. (EBM: Aggregate and Analyse)
  5. Integrate evidence from diverse disciplines to find new ways of thinking and leading. (EBM: Aggregate and Create)
  6. Generate a plan for leading thought with regard to solutions to the social and environmental challenges faced by today’s leaders. (EBM: Apply and Create)
  7. Reflect on feedback provided during tasks and exercises to improve meta-cognitive and leadership skills. (EBM: Assess and Evaluate)

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Module 1

Formative - Proposal: Idea generation and problem identification (ask) (10%) 
Formative - Evidence acquisition: literature review (acquisition and appraisal) (30%)
Weekly quiz x 5 (10%)

Module 2
Summative - Presentation (aggregation) (10%)
Summative - Reflective outcome report (application and assessment) (30%)
Weekly quiz x 5 (10%)

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It is expected that you will spend at least six hours per week studying for this course. This will include: a three hour seminar. In addition, at least 3 hours per week of private study is needed. This time should be made up of reading, library research, working on exercises and assignments. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into consideration when planning how to balance study with the demands of your employment and other social activities.

Preliminary Reading


  • Joshua Cooper Ramo (2016) The Seventh Sense. Little Brown and Company
  • Gary Klein (2013) Seeing What Others Don't.  Hodder & Stoughton General Division 
  • Ellen Langer (1997) The Power of Mindful Learning. The Perseus Books Group

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended, but not essential, that students have completed courses in evidence-based management and an introductory course (or courses) in leading people and organisational change.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6278 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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