Art and Practice of Leadership

Unit code: BMO6050 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Victoria University Online
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


Uncertainty and changes call for unique leadership in businesses. The core learning in this unit is to understand the development of leadership capacity and prepare for critical transformation or transition in complex situations. A unique learning model that aims for students to increase to close the gap between their understanding and effective leadership action. The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders today, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation. The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and values-based authentic leadership.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map leadership theory, practice and contemporary issues in a globalised environment taking a critical perspective;
  2. Assess a leader’s actions using an integrated theoretical framework;
  3. Show evidence of enhanced personal knowledge, skills and attitudes (including cultural competence) as they relate to the effective exercise of leadership across boundaries;
  4. Develop a personal leadership statement and action plan that demonstrates sound critical social analysis and a constructed understanding of what is an authentic leader; and
  5. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and all aspects of the work or functions required by a team.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Case Pitch (Group)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Group Case Report
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 30%
Self-Assessment Reflection (Individual)

Other locations

For students studying at Victoria University Online
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Conceptual map of leadership in a globalised world
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Leadership in a time of crisis
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 50%
Reflection & development of a 5-year leadership plan

Required reading

Leadership: Practice and perspectives
Roe, K., 2020| Oxford University Press

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