MGT568 Difference and Leadership (8)

The construction of difference and how differences between people are mobilised are key challenges facing leaders today. This subject explores theories of difference and diversity from the business perspective as well as critical and philosophical perspectives. Students will examine the challenges, drivers and strategic issues leaders face when working interculturally and globally. Issues of structural, cognitive and behavioural diversity will be explored through theory and case studies. The subject compares and contrasts interdisciplinary leadership concepts, perspectives, and theories to help students apply conceptual material to practical organisational challenges arising when wanting to work together effectively and respectfully across lines of difference.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Post graduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss how leadership is mobilised in relation to a range of cultural, racial, ethnic, identity and other demographic differences;
  • be able to critically engage in discussions about difference and how it constructs opportunities and limitations in the practice of leadership;
  • be able to build a theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in the face of difference and diversity challenges; and
  • be able to put into practice learning about difference and leadership in the face of challenges in relationships, workplaces and society.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The evolution of the ideas of difference and managing diversity
  • Critical perspective on difference and diversity
  • Structural, cognitive and behavioural diversity
  • Significance of difference and diversity for leadership and organisations
  • Developing a paradigm of diversity 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.