MGMT208-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Principles of Leadership

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
17 Jul 2017 - 19 Nov 2017

This occurrence is not offered


This course takes a holistic look at leadership. It explores the foundations of personal leadership with particular attention to the emerging disciplines of positive psychology and positive leadership. The course will provide students the opportunity to apply leadership in real world situations, as students will work in groups with local leaders to assess the needs, then design and carry out a project to help meet the needs of the assigned organisation.

The course is based on in-service learning principles. It explores the foundations of personal leadership with particular attention to the emerging discipline of positive psychology. These leadership principles will be both taught in lectures and project clinics, students will also practice these skills while working in groups to complete projects within the community. The content begins with an exploration of the changing global environment and its implications for leadership. It then examines the need for new resilient, creative, and interpersonally skilled leader, placing a particular emphasis on the emerging disciplines of positive psychology and service leadership. Focusing on each section of the PERMA model (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement). Finally, it explores responsible leadership in a business context. Using stakeholder theory as a framework and drawing on current best practice examples, we discuss the various ways in which businesses can show responsible leadership towards the environment and society.

The course will require students to practice and master a series of exercises designed build resilience and thriving within the personal leadership context. As a core component of this course students will be assigned to a community organisation and will be required to work with small groups of other students to design and complete a project for that organisation.

Relationship to other courses
MGMT208 follows on from MGMT101, fits with well MGMT206 and MGMT207, it is useful preparation for MGMT301, MGMT303, MGMT308, MGMT320 and MGMT321.

MGMT208 is also part of a series of courses focused on In-Service learning, namely CHCH101, GEOG309.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT208 is provided below:
• Lecture/Tutorials 24 hours
• Lecture/Tutorial Preparation 23 hours
• Weekly Journals 10 hours
• In service projects 50 hours
• Exam Preparation 20 hours
• Final Examination 2 hours
Total 129 hours

In-service project aspect of this course will require at least 15 hours working with a selected community group.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have:
1. An understanding of the changing global context of leadership and of the new leadership models that are emerging in response to these changes.
2.  An understanding of the personal leadership needs of key community groups and the challenges of providing service within the community.
3. An understanding of the personal leadership practices needed to support the new leadership models.  
4. An understanding of the role of “positive leadership” in shaping high performance individuals and organisations.
5. An understanding of the role of mindfulness and self-care in leadership.  
6. An understanding of the role of positive emotion and positive relationships in leadership.  
7. An understanding of the role of hope and optimism in leadership.
8. An understanding of the power of engagement, flow and meaning in leadership.
9. A significant positive shift in your leadership understanding, and practice.
10. An understanding of stakeholder theory and the concept of externalities, and its connection to responsible business leadership.

BCom Graduate Profile
MGMT208 addresses the BCom learning goals in the following manner:

1. Graduate can demonstrate advanced knowledge of leadership informed by the broader context of commerce.

The in-service project and journal assignment provide an opportunity for students to apply of advanced knowledge of leadership concepts in an organisation; first by analysing and then finding ways to meet the organisation’s needs. Recall, understanding, and application of advanced Leadership knowledge are assessed in the final exam.

2. Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.

The in-services assignment requires the use of analytical skills in interpreting an organisation’s needs, and the application of leadership knowledge and problem-solving skills to address the problems presented by the organisation.

3. Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global, and multicultural perspectives.

Students are required to gain an understanding of the various cultural and ethical perspectives of the relevant stakeholders of the in order to successfully complete the in-service projects.

4. Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

Written and verbal communication are assessed in this course through the assignments.


(1) MGMT100; and (2) A further 15 points in MGMT or MKTG or MSCI or STAT

Course Coordinator

Tom Matthews


Tom Matthews


Developmental Online Journal Assessment
The developmental online journals are used to record responses to class questions, exercises, and to enter questionnaires results along with reflections on the developmental implications of the responses. All questions and assignments for the journal will be given in class. The journals will be submitted weekly on a Thursday night to the MGMT208 Learn. The journals will comprise a total of 20% of the final grade.

To achieve the full grade each time the journal is submitted, you will have entered all required questionnaire results, and answered all questions to a reasonable level of reflection and understanding.

In-service Leadership Project
The initial task for the student groups is to gather current data about the challenges, wellbeing and positivity of the community groups that they are assigned to work with. This will be done by interviewing community leaders and making use of appreciative inquiry questionnaires. The data gathering process will be done in close consultation with relevant community leaders and will conform with action-research principles.

Having come to an understanding of community needs the students will work with community leaders to prepare and complete a project aimed at assisting the community group meet its needs, while also building the wellbeing and positivity of the community. The precise nature of the interventions will be determined by the findings of the action-research and further consultation with the community groups and teaching staff.

The students will work in groups of three. Each group will produce a brief report that summarises their findings around community wellbeing and positivity. The course will provide tutors to help co-ordinate this service leadership process.  

Short answer exam.  2 hour exam to test your knowledge and application of leadership principles taught throughout the course.  Possible exam questions will be given throughout the course. The exam will be made up from a selection of these questions.

Cover sheets MUST be used on all assignments/essays. These can be downloaded  here.

Final grades may be subject to scaling. The marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.


Required Texts

Lyubomirsky, Sonja; The how of happiness : a scientific approach to getting the life you want; Penguin Press, 2008 (Other required readings will be given on-line).


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class.  Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Coversheets - Group and Individual


Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,188.00

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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  • MGMT208-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017 - Not Offered