MGT579 Power and Leadership (8)

This subject focuses on the role of power in the practice of leadership. Students will evaluate theoretical and contemporary approaches to power and leadership. Students will research and examine various perspectives of power relations and dynamics across personal, organisational and social dimensions. The subject seeks to optimise students' communication skills to mobilise and respond to power. Students will reflect on their sources of strength and weakness, to inform a resilient response to existent power dynamics in the context of their values and ethics.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT579. 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 evaluate theories of power and leadership and how they relate to the practice of leadership;
  • be able to research and examine complex dimensions and power relations and apply these to real-world situations;
  • be able to reflect on personal and ethical values across the continuum of influence and power;
  • be able to apply a range of communication practices in the context of leadership; and
  • be able to develop and apply strategies to mobilise self, individual, team, corporate, collective and social power.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Perspectives of power
  • Power and the practice of leadership
  • The tensions between power and leadership

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT579 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 %
Discussion forum post
Video: the power of self
Response to "the power of self" video
Movie analysis
Analysis and critique

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.