This unit will prepare you for a bright future in leadership or management, applying the required skills to a global business setting. You will explore a diverse range of leadership styles, and take on a reflective approach to establish your personal strengths and goals.

Your management and leadership abilities will be evaluated through active unit participation, as you apply your skills to various situations. You will study leadership and management theory and its prevalence in the west, while taking a philosophical and political approach to the psychological elements of managing and leading people.

In this unit, you will study:

  • Leading for sustaining an engaged workforce: Transformational, Authentic and Servant Leadership
  • Authentic leadership and why this is important
  • How do authentic leadership and psychological capital fit together?
  • The role of the supervisor and organisational support in building psychological capital and increasing organisational effectiveness
  • Why is psychological capital important for employees, the organisation, government and the community?
  • How can you increase psychological capital in organisations?
  • Managing Effectively: Supervisor support and wellbeing of the employee
  • Linking psychological capital to better understanding the emotions of employees and clients or customers
  • Authentic Leadership in practice: Using constructive language and communication to stop the cycle of conflict in organisations
  • Leadership and change: the role of analysis tools to measure the impact of change for intervention programs
  • Bringing individual and social support together to sustain an engaged workforce

Learning outcomes

  • Differentiate types of leadership required for developing engaged employees based on awareness and respect of group diversity
  • Relate authentic leadership, effective Leader-Member Exchange and management support and the psychological capital of employees based on the recognition and legitimacy of employee group differences
  • Run a targeted evidence-based intervention for different types of employees to develop their competency to communicate in a professional setting based on listening to the views of participants and then re-directing the slant of the presentation to meet the needs of specific clientele
  • Analyse and reflect upon an intervention to increase employee outcomes using a process of reflecting on how others received the training provided


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Quiz: 10%
  • Report: 40%
  • Presentation: 30%
  • Critical review: 20%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Business Administration, Master of EducationMaster of Engineering Management, Master of IT Management or Master of Project Management.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.