MGT579 Power and Leadership (8)

Leaders are separated from followers in an asymmetrical relational dynamic (Collinson, 2005). This subject focuses on the role of power in the practice of leadership. Students will explore the dimensions and behaviours of power. For example the subject will explore control, resistance, positional power, powerlessness, compliance, dissent, influence, obedience, empowerment, and dependency. Students will work towards understanding their involvement in social situations and how power is mobilised in the practice of leadership.Contexts for power and leadership like organisations, and the relationship between leaders and followers will be the focus of the subject, as students work towards understanding their involvement in social situations and how power is mobilised in the practice of leadership.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT579. 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

Post graduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss theories of power and how they relate to the practice of leadership;
  • be able to discuss complex dimensions and behaviours of power and acknowledge these dimensions and behaviours in real-world situations;
  • be able to build a theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in the context of power;
  • be able to recognise and articulate different ways of mobilising power the context of leadership; and
  • be able to put into practice learning about the theories of power in leader/follower relationships.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories of power
  • Dimensions and behaviours of power
  • How power is mobilised in the practice of leadership
  • Exploring the tension between power and leadership
  • Sources of power
  • Empowerment and 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.