Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Summer semester A 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Adlina Ahmad


This unit covers an overall introduction to leadership with an emphasis on the Asian context. It covers relevant theoretical concepts as well as the practical, skill building approaches and learning drawn from actual experiences of organisational leaders. Specifically the unit begins by introducing definitions, meaning and relevance of leadership in organisations, followed by various theoretical approaches to leadership, the individual and internal (such as personality) and external (such as culture) elements of a leader, and concludes with the ways to develop effective communication and soft skills necessary in building leadership abilities. All of the topics will adopt an Asian perspective and consider the dynamic driving the environmental contexts within Asia.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define what leadership is, how it applies to all levels of management in organisations and the role of leaders to internal and external stakeholders
  2. identify and evaluate various conceptual frameworks, theories and models of leadership, focusing on the Asian context and perspectives, and explore other forms and propositions of leadership that recognise culture and society as an integral component governing different forms of leadership
  3. recognise and appreciate the individual and personal side of a leader and the bases, methods, purposes and impact of power and influence in leadership within the context of Asia
  4. develop awareness on how to build credibility as a leader and leadership skills in communicating, influencing, and in leading change in the Asian context
  5. appreciate 'real-life' experiences and leadership in action by industry leaders and practitioners in Asia.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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