Positive Leadership Development

Subject MGMT90173 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 09-Feb-2015 to 10-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 12-Mar-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Feb-2015
Census Date 20-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Feb-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Specilist Certificate in Executive Leadership, Specialist Certificate in Operations Management or be enrolled in the Single Subject Study. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Program Coordinator - Ms Julie Bourke

Phone - 9810 3154

Email - execed@commercial.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Leadership in the 21 st century rests in a leaders’ ability to cultivate resilience, adaptivity, and innovation within individuals, teams, and the workplace as a whole. In this class we will explore the emerging area of Positive Leadership, which draws on the academic disciplines of Positive Psychology, Organisational Behaviour, Education and Organisational Studies. We use a series of activities, assessments and reflective exercises to introduce the core concepts of Positive Leadership and to develop capabilities of class participants around positively leading individuals and teams. In particular, we focus on four areas that are key enablers of positive deviance, effective change, and employee well-being: Authentic Leadership, Character Strengths, Psychological Capital, and Appreciative Inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts of positive leadership
  • Examine their own and others’ positive leadership attributes
  • Apply techniques for enabling well-being and change in their workplace
  • Develop a plan for improving leadership abilities in the future

2,500 word assignment on the effectiveness of personal positive leadership development and development of positive practices in a selected firm (100%)

Prescribed Texts:

A study guide with readings and cases will be provided before the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://fbe.unimelb.edu.au/execed/open_programs/positive_leadership_development
Related Course(s): Specialist Certificate in Executive Leadership

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