Leading Change for Sustainable Development
We'll teach you the tools and techniques to lead cross-disciplinary teams and promote change. You'll learn about the different models of leadership and which are suited to dealing with complex problems that have no borders. And you'll develop a personal plan you can put into action straight away about where and how you can be most effective as a leader.
This unit will teach you:
- Expand your understanding of 'leadership' and understand how leadership operates as a process of influence that can build shared visions and collective success.
- Recognise the importance of individual and group-based leadership to successful sustainable development outcomes.
- Focus on those aspects of leadership that can be consciously developed, such as critical leadership skills and choosing appropriate strategies to match the context.
- Apply theoretical frameworks and models and concepts articulated in the vast leadership literature to real-world scenarios in order to advance sustainable development.
- Develop techniques and tools to apply to leading cross-disciplinary teams to make change happen.
This unit turns theory into practice. You will apply leadership theories to real-world scenarios through case study explorations and the development of your own individual Leadership Development Plan. You will participate in a process of active learning through lively weekly quizzes and interactive intensive workshops with fellow students. You will also have the opportunity to engage with guest workshops with experienced sustainability leaders. The unit finishes with an assessment that will show you where and how you will be most effective as a leader.
In this unit you will learn about the different models of leadership that are suited to dealing with complex problems that don't have borders. You will learn how to assess contexts in which sustainable development practitioners typically operate and examine the leadership implications and identify solutions for change. You will identify the leadership characteristics, knowledge, skills and networks needed to create leadership roles in sustainable development. You will learn how to apply the latest leadership theories, models and frameworks to real-world scenarios. You will also learn to develop a leadership style that is uniquely suited to your own abilities and interests.
This is a specialist core unit for the Leadership for Sustainable Development specialisation and an elective unit within the other specialisations. This undergraduate unit is worth 6 credit points and involves 10 weeks of online learning content combined with 5 days of highly interactive face-to-face workshops.
This unit can be undertaken in Semester 2.
The unit coordinator for this course is Associate Professor Annette Bos.
Further information about this unit can be found in the Monash Handbook.
Is this course for you?
The world needs all sorts of leaders across all levels and sectors. This unit is designed for practitioners who are seeking to advance sustainable development and affect real change. The unit differs from traditional MBA-style leadership training in that it selects the theoretical frameworks/models, leadership roles, case studies and skill sets from the vast leadership literature that are most relevant to practitioners who seek to advance sustainable development.