This unit has been developed to provide students with an understanding of advanced concepts in leadership and human resources management applied to the specific context of high performing teams. As graduates of this Master degree, students will enter a workplace which is typically very challenging and unstable in nature. This unit will provide the students with both the theoretical knowledge and practical tools to appreciate their own leadership style and improve the way they interact with other staff members and manage group dynamics. The assessments will require students to integrate the acquired knowledge with the available scientific literature as well as their personal experiences.

This unit will be offered within a study tour as part of a 5-year partnership agreement between Victoria University and the Real Madrid Graduate School/UEM. The partnership includes different activities focussed on staff and student mobility and it extends onto other courses within the College of Sport and Exercise Science. This unit will be part of a set of two units offered in a 2-week residential period.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise scientific evidence, practice and contemporary issues in leadership;  
  2. Show evidence of enhanced personal knowledge, skills and attitudes (including cultural competence) as they relate to the effective exercise of leadership in sport;  
  3. Create a personal leadership statement and action plan that demonstrates sound critical analysis and an informed appraisal of an authentic sport leader;  
  4. Reflect on their current level of ability to both lead and work within teams to assess and solve complex problems, motivate and inspire others and act strategically; and  
  5. In collaboration with others, reflect on responsibility and accountability for conflict management and mediation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral Presentation aimed at implementing a leadership plan 30%
Assignment Reflective Journal to craft a leadership statement and plan 70%

Required reading

Effects of coach leadership and coach-Athlete relationship on collective efficacy.
Hampson, R., & Jowett, S. (2012).
Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports.

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