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Leadership (AGRI90090)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeAGRI90090
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly NRMT90017

Agri-organisations rely on organisational leadership as the basis for meeting the challenges of the industry sector and managing a dynamic workplace. Managers require an understanding of the leadership implications of the trends, issues and constraints relevant to their sector.
This subject focuses on the leadership role of managers in small, medium or large organisations involved in the agricultural value chain (e.g. on-farm, in food and fibre processing, professional services, government, or R&D organisations). This includes the traditional role of management, and consideration of different leadership models and current theories of leadership and leadership development for the modern organisation. The subject examines the leaders role related to:

  • Organisational culture and values
  • Social responsibilities and ethics
  • Managing change, creativity and innovation

Students are encouraged to explore their own perceptions and experiences of leadership, and apply these to real-life work examples in agri-organisation contexts.
This subject will cover:

  • Management versus leadership, the study of management and leadership, theories of leadership, leadership styles
  • Trends, constraints and factors influencing management practice in agribusiness organisations. Organisational values, culture and environment. The global environment
  • Followership, place-based leadership, gender and power in leadership, leading teams
  • Organisational social responsibility and ethical behaviour
  • Leadership and change, transformational leadership qualities, change management
  • Models of leadership development in organisations and in agriculture
  • Case studies of leadership in agri-organisations

Intended learning outcomes

The objective of this subject is to extend the participant's ability to:

  • Understand the role of leaders and managers
  • Assess theories of management and leadership
  • Identify and interpret the trends, issues and constraints affecting leadership practice in organisations across agri-organisations
  • Understand the importance of leadership succession
  • More effectively practice leadership in a range or organisational settings

Generic skills

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of an ability to utilise appropriate communication technology
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects

Last updated: 14 August 2019