MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective (8)

In this subject, participants will explore and analyse contemporary issues which impact on organisational leaders. This subject draws on relevant theories of leadership, and examines current research on these issues. The subject examines what organisational leaders need to address as significant determinants of organisational success. Key issues affecting the success of organisations will be studied and participants will be required to contribute to the recognition of these issues through their analysis of leadership challenges.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT536. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only. Not available to students who have completed MGT556.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is equivalent to that covered in MGT501 or MBA501 or MGT571.

Subject Relationships

MGT556 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to provide a comprehensive explanation of the role of leadership;
  • be able to critically analyse, in the context of the framework of relevant theories and research, current and projected issues which impact on organisational leadership and organisational success;
  • be able to synthesise issues for organisational leaders and evaluate plausible impacts requiring leadership decisions;
  • be able to explain the relationship between effective leadership and the success of organisations; and
  • be able to develop a leadership plan and implementation strategies.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature and importance of leadership
  • Traits, motives and characteristics of leaders
  • Charismatic and transformational leadership
  • Leadership behaviours, attitudes and styles
  • Contingency and situational leadership
  • Leadership ethics and social responsibility
  • Power, politics and leadership
  • Developing teamwork
  • Motivation and coaching skills
  • Creativity, innovation and leadership
  • Strategic leadership and knowledge management
  • International and culturally diverse aspects of leadership


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.