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 an organisational and societal perspective as well as critical and philosophical perspectives. It also examines interdisciplinary leadership concepts, perspectives, and theories. Students will consider 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, case studies and critical reflection. Opportunities are provided to reflect on the practical organisational and societal challenges which impact respectful and effective leaders working across lines of difference.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT568. 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 and evaluate how leadership is mobilised in relation to a range of cultural, racial, ethnic, identity and other demographic differences;
  • be able to critically engage in self-reflection 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 apply learning about difference and leadership in the face of challenges in relationships, workplaces and society.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical perspectives on identity, difference and diversity
  • Structural, cognitive and behavioural diversity
  • Significance of difference and diversity for leadership and organisations

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT568 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Defining leadership and difference
Your leadership digital identity story
Addressing difference a leadership perspective

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