MGT599 Leadership Theory and Practice (16)

This subject introduces students to the key issues, concerns and theories of leadership, and supports students to build a theoretical framework in the context of, and for, the practice of their own leadership. The subject will guide students in their study of leadership by encouraging self-analysis and a critical engagement with theories of leadership. The subject will explore a diversity of theories, using them as a lens to view leadership. Students will be encouraged to engage with leadership theories, applying them to their own practice and/or experience of leadership.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT599. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss issues and concerns relating to the practice of leadership;
  • be able to build a theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in work and/or non-work contexts;
  • be able to critically engage with theories of leadership and apply to work and/or non-work contexts;
  • be able to recognize and articulate different ways of framing leadership; and
  • be able to put into practice learning about leadership theories and identify opportunities to practice leadership.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Moving from the paradigm of management to the paradigm of leadership
  • Exploration of implicit leadership theories
  • Investigation of trait theories of leadership
  • Investigation of leader and follower centred approaches to leadership
  • Exploration of strategy, power and change as key ingredients of leadership practice
  • Exploration of dialogue as a key ingredient of leadership practice
  • Exploration of emotions as a key ingredient of leadership practice
  • Investigation of difference, gender, aesthetics, and the work of leadership
  • Exploration of membership, belonging and social change as key ingredients of leadership practice
  • Investigation of authenticity and mindfulness and the work 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.