BM303 - Contemporary Leadership

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a third-year core unit offered in the Bachelor of Business in Management. Leadership skills are valued at an organisational level as well as personal skill in daily life. This unit aims to develop understanding and the skills required to be a leader in the contemporary business environment. It examines the major theories and current trends in leadership that are vital for aspiring leaders of the future. Through the analysis of leadership concepts, characters, and competencies students are exposed to the attributes of leaders and how leaders are borne.  A wide selection of contemporary leadership materials (research articles, videos, case studies, role-plays, self-assessments) will be featured weekly to enhance student’s learning experience and their potential for growth as a contemporary leader.

Unit topics include:

  • The nature of leadership; trait and contingency approaches
  • Leadership; mind, emotion and morals
  • Followership
  • Leadership diversity
  • Sources of leadership power
  • The role of leadership in strategy, vision, culture & values

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Use relevant theory to explain the context of contemporary leadership
  2. Recognise the appropriateness of different types of leadership styles in a range of organisations
  3. Appraise the nature of power and influence in leadership
  4. Evaluate the role of leadership in shaping organisational vision, strategy, culture & values
  5. Justify the merits of leadership diversity

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Contribution in classa-e*10%
In-class Test (individual)a,b5%
Case Study Essay (individual)a-e*20%
Leadership Trends Report (Group)a-e*15%
Leadership Trends Report Presentation (Group)a-e*10%
Final Examination (3 hours)a-e*40%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Note: Students are required to purchase the prescribed text book and have it available each week in class.

Prescribed Text Book:

Daft, R. (2015). The Leadership Experience, 6th ed. South Western, Cengage Learning 

Reference Reading

  • Badaracco, J. (2006). Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature, Harvard Business School Press Boston Mass.
  • Bratton, J. Grint, K. & Nelson, D. (2005). Organizational Leadership, Thomson South Western Mason Ohio
  • Denning, Stephen (2007). The Secret Language of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire Action Through
  • Narrative, Jossey Bass San Francisco CA
  • Grout, Jeff and Fisher, Liz (2007). What Do Leaders Really Do? Getting Under The Skin of What Makes a Great
  • Mant, Alastair (1997).  Intelligent Leadership, Allen & Unwin St Leonards NSW
  • Nahavandi, A. (2008).  Art and Science of Leadership 5th ed. Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW

Adopted Reference Style: APA can be found in MIT library referencing 

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeam workSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard