• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Leadership is now ubiquitous in prescriptions for good governance and effective public administration. And there is no shortage of advice and guidance for becoming a great leader and exercising effective leadership. Despite this, the art of leading and leadership in public administration contexts remains elusive.

This course confronts the challenges that attend leadership in the contemporary public administration environment, disentangles the evidence of ‘what works, and when’ from the hype, and equips participants with the skills to lead and influence successfully.

Participants will develop an appreciation of the many different kinds of leadership required in public administration contexts, including how to build effective teams, oversee organisational change, work across institutional boundaries, and operate in a global context. Class sessions explore these and additional questions, drawing on scholarly debates, real-life cases and personal experience.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key debates and thinking about the role of leadership;
  2. Exercise ethical and responsible leadership in public administration;
  3. Influence behaviour and practice across diverse cultural, developmental and institutional contexts;

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1000 word memo before the beginning of the course (25) [LO 2,3]
  2. 3000 word personal leadership strategy (75) [LO 1,2,3]

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60 hours: 20 hours in class, the remainder individual and group study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

leadership experience.


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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $2100
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3000
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