MGMT208-11S2 (C) Semester Two 2011

Principles of Leadership

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 July 2011
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2011
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 22 July 2011
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 October 2011


This course takes a holistic look at managerial leadership. It examines the tasks and skills of leadership with a particular focus on the emerging discipline of positive leadership. It then explores the personal foundations of emotionality, alignment and character required to perform effectively as a leader.

The course takes a holistic look at leadership. It begins with an exploration of the changing global environment and its implications for leadership. It then examines the key tasks of leadership and the skills required to perform them, placing a particular emphasis on the emerging discipline of positive leadership and service leadership. The course then explores the key foundations of personal leadership. The concept of “calling” is introduced as a critical foundation of leadership and Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” is used as a guide to the discovery and pursuit of a personal vocational calling. The course also covers the personal capacities needed to build resilience and thrive in the leadership process. Particular attention is paid to hope, optimism, positive emotion and character strengths.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have:
1. An understanding of the global context and need for transformed leadership.
2. An overview of emergent international best practice in leadership.
3. An understanding of the key tasks and skills of leadership.
4. Practised and reflected on leadership principles through the in-service leadership project.
5. An understanding of the role of “positive leadership” in shaping high performance organisations.
6. An understanding of the power of “calling” and flow in leadership.
7. An understanding of the role of hope and optimism in leadership.
8. An understanding of the role of positive emotion in leadership.  
9. An understanding of character and its role in leadership.
10. A significant positive shift in your leadership understanding, and practice.
11. A clearer sense of your personal career intent and strategy for the next 3-10 yrs.


MGMT100 or MGMT101 (2) An additonal 15 points 100-level MGMT or MKTG or MSCI or STAT

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tom Matthews


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Developmental Online Journal 30% Developmental Online Journal
In-service Leadership Project 29 Sep 2011 35% In-service Leadership Project
Personal Development Plan 17 Oct 2011 35% Personal Development Plan

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 submitted weekly to the MGMT208 LEARN site within six days of the lecture when journal assignment was given. The journals will comprise a total of 30% 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 depth and demonstrate understanding.

In-service Leadership Project
The in-service leadership project requires each student to work in a small group to complete a project within the community. The in-service projects aim is to provide a context for participants to explore both their own leadership styles, and the leadership theories presented in lectures. The 35% grade for this assignment will be ascertained from a peer and a community evaluation, group presentation, and an individual report on the project. The project will be completed and turned in on Thursday, September 29.

Personal Development Plans
The personal development plans comprise 35% of the total mark and will provide a statement of core values, purpose and career intent along with a comprehensive strategy. The strategy will comprise of two sections. The first will detail the action steps and the second the developmental objectives (spanning both personal and organisational leadership) required to fulfil the intent. The plan will conclude with an outline of no more than five specific and measurable goals that will demark progress on the strategy over the next six months. The plan is due on Monday October 17th at 12.00 noon.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Cammock, Peter; The spirit of leadership : exploring the personal foundations of extraordinary leadership ; Leadership Press, 2008.

Lyubomirsky, Sonja; The how of happiness : a scientific approach to getting the life you want ; Penguin Press, 2008 (Textbooks are available from the University Book Shop and on loan from the library. Other required readings will be given on-line).


Departmental Academic Policies
If you require a hard copy of this document, please ask the course co-ordinator. The Department assumes that you have read this document. You should also read the “Information related to courses and assessment” on page 32 of the Enrolment Handbook 2011 (also in UC Calendar under “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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $630.00

International fee $2,775.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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