MBA5111 - Leadership 1: Critical thinking - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program

Unit guides



  • MBA Teaching Period 1 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


The foundation of long-term leadership effectiveness is a sound understanding of one's self, and frameworks to manage one's self in the long run throughout the leadership journey. This unit explores each individual's values, behaviours and ways of thinking with a mind to understanding the diversity and unique contribution of self and others. Methods of analytical reasoning to address business problems and interpret and produce clear and sound arguments, as well as strategies to support a critical inquiry approach to the learning and research activities throughout the program, will be developed.

The challenges of leading and managing change in complex times, and the dynamic ethical challenges that leaders are likely to encounter in their roles are also addressed. Frameworks for organisational leadership and ethical decision-making will be introduced, along with the recognition of the obstacles that prevent success and result in poor decisions and outcomes.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop critical thinking skills
  2. identify how personal style impacts on others
  3. identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and learning goals
  4. clarify one's leadership purpose and ethical foundation
  5. create a growth mindset for life-long learning
  6. develop important self-management skills including mindfulness, resilience and emotional self-control
  7. apply the drivers of team effectiveness to lead and establish teams.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in course B6016.