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Excellent scientific leadership is not only required in academic research groups, but also in technological industries and many areas of government. This subject will examine the nature and styles and consequences of leadership and decision making in academia, industry and government.
Students will examine, through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, the roles of leadership in: motivation, ethics, risk and the development of a productive organisational culture drawing upon case studies, personal accounts from scientific leaders and their own personal experiences.
In addition, students will learn strategies to deal with staff and clients, build teams, make decisions, think strategically, develop self awareness, identify and manage conflict of interest, identify opportunity and value diversity.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Articulate the importance and consequences of excellent leadership, various styles of leadership and the role of leaders
- Explain the responsibilities and ethical context of leadership
- Identify risks, uncertainty and opportunity in a leadership context
- Differentiate individual motivation and group behavior
- Communicate fluently and present arguments in oral and written form
- Collaborate effectively in small and large groups
Students will develop:
- an understanding, and skills for the implementation of, constructive change
- excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills
- personal awareness of strengths and limitations
- an ability to value differences in personalities and cultures
- willingness to accept social and professional responsibilities
- a broad understanding of, and high regard for, ethical conduct, colleagues and employees
Last updated: 31 January 2024