MGT556 Business Leadership (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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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

Available only for Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) students. Not available to students who have completed MGT536.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Subject Relationships

MGT536 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

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