MGT549 Toxic Leadership (8)

This subject aims to explore the effects of toxic leadership in organisations and society and the behaviour of organisational/social leaders. This subject explores psychological, systemic and sociological approaches that assist in responding to toxic leadership styles and behaviours. The subject will also critically explore the tension between dysfunctional leadership and the perception of leaders as heroic or transformational. The subject will present a range of challenging scenarios such as incompetence, bullying and abuse of power. Students will work to develop a personal ethical framework and practical strategies to identify and respond to social and organisational toxicity.


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


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and critically discuss perspectives of toxic leadership and how they relate to the practice of leadership;
  • be able to analyse the complexity of toxic leadership which involves a relationship between leaders, their followers and the social situation;
  • be able to explore and develop resilience strategies and techniques in response to toxic situations; and
  • be able to build and apply a personal ethical response framework for the practice of leadership.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT549 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Action learning sets
Situational analysis
Response framework

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.