MBAD615-19X (C) General non-calendar-based 2019

Leading Ourselves

10 points
28 Jan 2019 - 24 Mar 2019


This course will assist you to analyse complex organisational behaviour topics at individual, group and organisational levels. The course is focused on accurate problem analysis as well as the leadership skills required to intervene effectively in complex organisational systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • The complex (VUCA) environments in which organisations now operate are demanding a transformation of our leadership practices. This transformation includes a transition from command/control to collective input, probability to possibility, silos to collaboration, power to positivity and detailed strategy to emergence. This transition in organisational leadership practice cannot be achieved without a concurrent development in personal leadership capability.

    MIT academic Otto Scharmer suggests that, “What counts is not only what leaders do and how they do it but their interior condition, the inner place from which they operate”. With this in mind the purpose of this course is to enhance organisational leadership capability by building a personal leadership foundation of mindfulness, positivity and meaning. More specifically the course focuses on building a clear understanding of:

  • The leader’s “interior condition” and its importance in leadership.
  • The concept of positivity and its role in personal wellbeing/resilience.
  • The practices of self-responsibility and mindfulness.
  • The practices of positive emotion and their role in wellbeing/resilience.
  • The importance of relationships and their contribution to wellbeing.
  • The concepts of savouring, engagement and “flow” and their relevance to wellbeing/resilience.
  • The role of meaning and “calling” as a leadership foundation.  
  • Your personal calling and the objectives and action steps needed to pursue it.
  • Specific strategies for building mental fitness and finding support in the accomplishment of your vision.


Subject to approval of the MBA Director

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 28 Jan - 3 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 E12 28 Jan - 3 Feb
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 4 Mar - 10 Mar
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 702 4 Mar - 10 Mar

Timetable Note

9.00 am to 5.30 pm Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2 and March 8 and 9.

Course Coordinator

Peter Cammock

Guest Lecturers

Tom Matthews and Ali McCormick

Pete Cammock:

Tom Matthews:

Ali McCormick:


Learning Journal 40% (5 submissions due weekly, Feb 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, and 8th)

Intentions Map 60% (due March 18)


NOTE: UC General Course and Examination Regulations

Appeals and Grievances

Special Consideration

Special Consideration Application

Textbooks / Resources

Lyubomirsky, S. The How of Happiness.

Cammock, P. The Spirit of Leadership.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,567.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

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