Positive Leadership and Organisations

Subject EDUC90789 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will explore fundamental theories and frameworks from the fields of organisational behaviour and management together with new theories emerging in the fields of positive organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship. A key question posed is ‘How and why do people behave differently when they are in an organisational context?’. After exploring this question, a second key question posed is ‘How can we create virtuous organisations and lead in a way that facilitates optimal wellbeing and performance in our staff? Key social and identity processes that shape people’s behaviours within organisations will be examined. These processes allow leaders to have a better understanding of how to positively influence people at work. Students will explore their own leadership using Walumba’s (2008) 4 dimensions of authentic leadership together with Cameron’s (2008) 4 dimensions of positive leadership. Cameron’s (2011) Organizational Virtues Model will be studied with special emphasis on gratitude in the workplace. Luthan’s (2006) psychological capital model will also be explored.


Students will:

  • Analyse and integrate the key frameworks in positive organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship.
  • Understand and apply the reflective-practitioner model in creating organisational change.
  • Understand and apply positive and authentic approaches to leadership.
  • Critically evaluate the empirical research in positive organisational behaviour and positive organisational scholarship.
  • Develop your school leadership skills.
  • Distinguish between problem-focused versus strengths-based approaches in leadership.

There are three assessmnet tasks:

  • 3,000-word action-reflection assignment using Walumba et al.’s (2008) 4 dimensions of authentic leadership, due 1/3 of the way into semester (30%)
  • 3,000-word action-reflection assignment using Cameron’s (2008) 4 dimensions of positive leadership, due 2/3 of the way into semester (30%)
  • 4,000-word case study assignment that analyses the student’s workplace (or another company) using Cameron’s (2011) Organizational Virtues Model, due end of semester (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

Kim Cameron (2008) Positive Leadership. San Francisco: Berrett Koehler.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Analytical and cognitive skills will be furthered through developing ways to apply positive psychology research to organisational contexts
  • Critical and creative thinking skills will be encouraged through exposure to theoretical frameworks across disciplines.
  • Reflective and narrative skills will be fostered through the use of storytelling as an in-class technique and through reflective assignment work.
  • Written communication skills will be developed through the assignment work.
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Positive Psychology

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