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Leadership for an Ageing Workforce (POPH90266)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90266
Term 3 - Online
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The world is in the middle of an historic demographic shift in which an ageing population and changing social attitudes interact with a range of other megatrends transforming work organisation and organisational leadership. This subject focuses on understanding how demographic and other changes challenge traditional models of leadership and managing people. It will explore, assess and develop a range of skills and capabilities associated with effective leadership, that enable organisational leaders to drive strategic, people and effective change in the context of an increasing age diverse workforce and dynamic external environment. Using case studies of leadership challenges associated with different aspects of age diversity and an ageing workforce, it explores how leadership can be used to improve organisational and individual outcomes. This subject will also examine dimensions of leadership identity and management of self as an important part of developing effective leadership. It will apply these skills and capabilities to the context of leading age diverse organisations using case studies that explore each of these dimensions of leadership capabilities.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate: the current and future demographic contexts of the ageing workforce; changes in social attitudes; the need for strong leadership skills in the labour market; and major challenges and opportunities for leadership.
  • Critically evaluate competing models and approaches to effective leadership in relation to managing an ageing workforce.
  • Identify the leadership capabilities required to effectively approach age diverse workplace scenarios.
  • Research complex organisational challenges associated with an ageing workforce and formulate solutions and recommendations.
  • Develop critical reflection and self-evaluation of their own personal leadership skills, capabilities and attributes in their professional practices and work setting.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • Application of research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations.
  • Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with team members.
  • The ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice.
  • Reflective writing skills.
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback.
  • Strategic thinking and decision making.

Last updated: 3 April 2019