Online course

MPL700.1 What is Leadership?

What is Leadership? And what makes a good leader? Find out with this short free online leadership course.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Why join the course?

This thought-provoking course will help you discover more about yourself and others as we explore:

  • Why is leadership different to management?
  • What is effective leadership?
  • What types of power are needed to be a leader?
  • How can you influence other people at work?
  • How do individual differences shape the way people see leadership?
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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWith disruptive innovation, global competitiveness, and market uncertainty, demand for talented leaders intensifies. Leaders have the potential to increase organisational success. Higher rates of employee satisfaction and engagement foster a positive and agile culture, responsive to customer demands and market opportunities. Hello, I'm Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, and I'm a lecturer at Deakin Business School, where I teach postgraduate students and research contemporary leadership issues. I'm very excited to introduce you to this future learn course. In this two week course, we will explore leadership role models, analyse examples of leadership in organisations, and self-reflect on our sources of power and influence.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThis course will help anyone who wants to find out more about the difference between leadership and management, the types of power needed to be a leader, effective leadership, and influencing others. So do you want to be a leader? Then follow me.

What topics will you cover?

This thought-provoking course will help to discover more about yourself and others as we explore:

  • why leadership is different to management
  • what effective leadership is
  • what types of power are needed to be a leader
  • how you can influence other people at work
  • how individual differences shape the way people see leadership.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain what leadership means
  • Investigate leader role models and what they represent
  • Explore how you and others around you use personal power
  • Investigate the effect that individual differences have on leadership
  • Identify how leadership thinking has changed over the years

Who is the course for?

This course is for Deakin University postgraduate students.

Who will you learn with?

Kate Dempsey

Kate Dempsey

Kate is an organisational consultant and has taught in MBA programs for more than 12 years. She researches values at work, leadership, group dynamics,
collaboration and competition in the workplace.

Dr Melanie Kan

Dr Melanie Kan

Dr Melanie Kan brings over 10 years' consulting, research and lecturing experience in the areas of organisational change, career development, leadership and executive coaching.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.