MGT549 Toxic Leadership (8)

This subject focuses on the role of leadership and leaders towards achieving social impact. Examining the tension between an organisation's purpose and its profit drivers, students will explore questions like: How does our organisation impact society and how could it impact society? Is our growth sustainable and responsive in a changing world? What are strategies for creating positive societal impact? This subject will investigate current challenges in achieving social benefit, and explore the emerging ideas around collective, eco-system leadership. The subject explores a range of contemporary theories and models of social change leadership. Students will develop their own theoretical framework with practice-based approaches which respond to social changes in their organisation and/or community.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT549. 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

MGM501 & MGT599

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, critically analyse and discuss leadership that impacts both organisational performance as well as broader social outcomes;
  • be able to effectively articulate and discuss complex challenges in achieving social impact;
  • be able to interpret reframing leadership in the context of social impact;
  • be able to research, critically evaluate and apply established theories and models to own developing theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in the face of adaptive challenges; and
  • be able to apply learning about leadership for social impact by undertaking an action research project focused on social benefit.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to toxic leadership
  • Types of toxicity
  • Resilient leadership: Responding to toxicity with courage and wisdom

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.