• Class Number 2787
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On-campus'
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Giles Hirst
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces you to leadership and organisational change theories and frameworks, and provides opportunities to develop skills and practices for effectively achieving personal, interpersonal, and organisational goals.  In leading people, you will explore ethical and values-based leadership, and develop skills to motivate others, negotiate, and make decisions.  In leading change, you will develop skills for setting and communicating a compelling vision, gaining support, and leading yourself and others through transformational change processes. 


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish between various leadership and change models and frameworks, their relevant foundations, and their strengths and weaknesses (Ask & Understand);
  2. Choose appropriate models and approaches for addressing specific leadership and change challenges (Acquire & Apply);
  3. Summarise relevant contextual information and factors influencing effective leadership and change management practice (Aggregate & Analyse);
  4. Critique the factors and events contributing to failures in leadership and change implementation using applicable models and frameworks (Appraise & Evaluate);
  5. Reflect on feedback provided during cases and exercises to improve leadership and change skills (Assess & Evaluate);
  6. Integrate evidence from real-world leadership and change problems to find solutions (Aggregate & Create);
  7. Generate a plan for implementing a solution to leadership and change challenges in one’s life and work roles (Apply & Create).

Research-Led Teaching

Research-Led Teaching includes:

  • Critical discussion of contemporary research in Leading People and Change;
  • In-class activities and in class group work to help students apply Leading People and Change concepts to personal and organisational change;
  • The assessment in the course requires students to do independent research on a chosen topic of leadership and personal change;
  • The assessment requires students to reflect on contemporary research articles and apply leadership theory.

Field Trips

There are no field trips.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional class costs.

Examination Material or equipment

There will be no examination for this course.

Required Resources

Articles as listed above; all of which are accessible through the ANU Library. Additional articles, podcasts, and videos posted on Wattle.

Academic articles from leading journals in management, organisation and leadership as per the list in the weekly class overview.

The journals listed below are available on the ANU library database.

Leadership Specialist Journals - Leadership, Leadership and Organisational Development, The Leadership Quarterly;

Organisational Change Specialist Journals - Journal of Change Management, International Journal of Organisational Change Management;

Management Journals - The following journals cover a range of topics in Leadership and Change: Academy of Management Review (conceptual articles only),

Academy of Management Journal (empirical articles only), Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews (literature reviews of topics in management). 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Key Theories and Concepts in Leadership Reading: Bolden, R. (2004). What is Leadership? University of Exeter: Centre for Leadership Studies.
2 Motivating as a Leader Reading: Boyatzis, R. & McKee, A. (2006). Intentional change: The Leader’s Journey to Renewal. Harvard Business Review. Goleman, D. (1998). What makes a Leader? Harvard Business Review.
3 Understanding Self, Influence, Power, and Conflict ?Reading: Cialdini (2013). The Uses (and Abuses) of Influence. Harvard Business Review, July–August, 76-81. Joris Van der Voet, Ben S. Kuipers & Sandra Groeneveld (2016). Implementing Change in Public Organizations: The relationship between leadership and affective commitment to change in a public sector context, Public Management Review, 18:6, 842-865, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2015.1045020.
4 Leading Groups and Teams Reading: Dionne, S. D., Yammarino, F. J., Atwater, L. E., & Spangler, W. D. (2004). Transformational leadership and team performance. Journal of organizational change management, 17(2), 177-193. Hogg, M., van Kippenberg, D., and Rast, D. (2012). The social identity theory of leadership: Theoretical origins, research findings, and conceptual developments. European Review of Social Psychology, 23, 258-304. Uhl-Bein, M. (2006). Relational Leadership Theory: Exploring the social processes of leadership and organizing. The Leadership Quarterly, 17, 654-676.
5 Moral Leadership Reading: Bass, B. and Steidlmeier, P. (1999). Ethics, Character and Authentic Transformational Leadership Behavior. Leadership Quarterly, 10(2), 181-217. Craig, N., & Snook, S.A. (2014). From Purpose to Impact. Figure out your passion and put it to work. Harvard Business Review, May, 105-134. Deanne N. Den Hartog (2015). Ethical Leadership. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior 2015 2:1, 409-434. Eva, et al. (2019). Servant Leadership: A systematic review and call for future research, The Leadership Quarterly. Vol 30, 111-132. Lemoine, G.J., Hartnell, C.A., & Leroy, H. (2019). Taking stock of moral approaches to leadership: An integrative review of ethical, authentic, and servant leadership. Academy of Management Annals, 13(1), 148-187. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2016.0121
6 Transformational Leadership and Leading AI Reading: Jiang, H., Luo, Y., & Kulemeka, O. (2016). Leading in the digital age: A study of how social media are transforming the work of communication professionals. Telematics and Informatics, 33(2), 493-499. Bein, M., Marion, R., and McKelvey, B. (2007). Complexity Leadership Theory: Shifting leadership from the industrial age to the knowledge era. The Leadership Quarterly, 18, 298-318.
7 Personal Change Reading: Boyatzis, R., Smith, M., Van Oosten, E., and Woolford, L. (2013). Developing resonant leaders through emotional intelligence, vision and coaching. Organizational Dynamics, 42, 17-24. Coatu, D. (2002). How Resilience Works. Harvard Business Review. Newman, A., Ucbasaran, D., Zhu, F., & Hirst, G. (2014) Psychological capital: A review and synthesis. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 120-138
8 Positive Change Reading: Jansen, K. (2000). The Emerging Dynamics of Change. Human resource Planning, 23(2), 53-55. Kotter, J. P. (1995). Leading change: Why transformation efforts fail. Harvard Business Review. Beer, M. and Nohria, N. (2000). Cracking the Code of Change. Harvard Business Review.
9 Leading for the future Reading: Larson, L., & DeChurch, L. A. (2020). Leading teams in the digital age: Four perspectives on technology and what they mean for leading teams. The Leadership Quarterly, 31, 101377. Jansen, K., Shipp, A. J. and Michael, J. H. (2016) Champions, converts, doubters, and defectors: the impact of shifting perceptions on momentum for change. Personnel Psychology, 69 (3). pp. 673707. ISSN 00315826 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111 Meyer, C., and Stensaker, I. (2006). Developing Capacity for Change. Journal of Change Management, 6(2), 217-231.
10 Challenges for Change Leaders Reading: Bernard Burnes (2015) Understanding Resistance to Change – Building on Coch and French, Journal of Change Management,15:2, 92-116, DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2014.969755 Meyer, C., and Stensaker, I. (2006). Developing Capacity for Change. Journal of Change Management, 6(2), 217-231.
11 Consulting Change Reading: Any articles posted on Wattle
12 Overview and Summary

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation in Formative Exercises 10 % * 29/06/2023 5
Personal Reflection on Leadership 20 % 12/03/2023 28/03/2023 1
Additional Reflections on Leadership 35 % 23/04/2023 16/05/2023 1,3, 7
Change Management Presentation and Report 35 % 01/06/2023 29/06/2023 2, 4, 6, 7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The teaching mode for S1 will be primarily be on campus. Specific sessions including Weeks 7 will be online. Seminars may be streamed live through ZOOM and recorded to be made available on Wattle. Students are encouraged to read at least one of the weekly readings and participate in discussion during the weekly seminars. Knowledge gained through seminar discussion, in class activities, and in class group work, will assist students to prepare for the formative and summative assessment items.


There is no formal examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 29/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 5

Participation in Formative Exercises

Individual Assessment - 10%.

Class participation is a critical component of the learning process. Participants are expected to contribute to class discussions and class exercises. All participants are expected to come to lectures having read the course materials with the intent of participating in lecture discussions and group exercises. This will be assessed by completing class activities including written ones and/or problem-solving simulations that enhance self-insight and improve leadership skills.

Due: In-class Weeks 2-12 (equally weighted)

Return of assessment: Regular progress updates within three weeks

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 12/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 28/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1

Personal Reflection on Leadership

Individual Assessment - 20%.

Each class participant will write a paper of no more than three pages (references excluded) summarizing the following:

  1. Pulling from multiple sources and using critical thinking skills evaluate and analyze multiple definitions and frameworks of leadership and create your own definition of leadership.
  2. Reflect upon your personal leadership style as it compares to leadership styles and frameworks discussed in class and in the readings. How would you describe your current leadership style to a friend? Be specific when talking about your leadership referring to specific type or theory of leadership. Talk about a particular experience that illustrates your leadership/personality in action. Use this to identify and reflect on your strengths and areas for development.
  3. Describe what you hope to learn from this course and why by offering a clear focused statement about what you want to learn. Be specific and focus on your particular goals and developmental needs. For example, do you want to say learn about managing conflict? Understanding how for example your conflict-handling style might help you in certain situations but also undermine you in others. Consider strategies to manage this.

You do not need to be a leader but rather describe what will help you whether in current or future leadership roles working with people. The paper should be a maximum of three pages i.e. 800-1000 words excluding references and should reflect ideas shared in lectures and in reading materials during the first two weeks of the course as well as additional sources as appropriate. Any portion in excess of 10% of the word limit will not be read and marked.

Additional marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at least two weeks before the due date. Late submissions will be considered with permission from the lecturer.

Return of assessment & feedback: Individual feedback consistent with rubric. 28.03.2023

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 23/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 16/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3, 7

Additional Reflections on Leadership

Individual Assessment - 35%.

Each class participant will write a paper of no more than three pages totaling 1000 words (references excluded) summarizing the following:

  1. Drawing from course materials create your own framework of the skills and behaviors necessary for you to be a successful leader.
  2. Select one of the areas that you feel is an opportunity for improvement for you.
  3. Develop a personal development plan for how you will practice new behaviors and improve this skill/trait during the second half of this course.

Any portion in excess of 10% of the word limit will not be read and marked.

More information about assessment task will be provided on the Wattle course site. Additional marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at least two weeks before the due date.

Return of assessment & feedback: Individual feedback consistent with rubric. 16.05.2023

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 01/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4, 6, 7

Change Management Presentation and Report

Group Presentation and Report - 35%.

You have been hired to address an underperformance situation in Company XYZ. More details regarding the specific challenges of that company will be provided to you in Weeks 7/8. Your task working in groups is to prepare a change management plan and report to resolve this performance issue. This plan should include:

  • The change management model(s) that provide the theoretical basis for your plan.
  • The specific steps of your plan as they relate to this model. This includes actions to be taken by leadership.
  • How this plan addresses the culture of the organization and any desired changes in culture.
  • How the employees impacted by the change will be engaged.
  • A proposed timeline for implementation.
  • Additional aspects of the plan as appropriate.

The group will pitch plan should be 15 minutes to be delivered in the last two weeks of semester. This presentation will be recorded respectful of the hybrid mode and quality purpose. This presentation includes delivery of a report that is a maximum of 8 pages i.e 1500-2000 excluding references. Any portion in excess of 10% of the word limit will not be read and marked. Additional marking criteria will be posted on Wattle at least two weeks before the due date.

Return of assessment & feedback: Group feedback consistent with rubric. On publication of final results 29.06.2023

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/rsm-assessment-extension/ .

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be graded and feedback will be provided either:

  • Via the course Wattle site,
  • and where appropriate in person by appointment with the course lecturer.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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Leadership; Innovation and creativity; Refugee employment.

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