Principles of Leadership & Management

Unit Overview
Leaders are made, not born. This unit will serve as a basis for your personal leadership development and effective organisational management. Whether you will be leading a Christian, not-for-profit, corporate organisation, or a church, you will learn theory, skills and tools to transform organisations, empower people and manage yourself effectively.  In the style of a mini-MBA, Principles of Leadership & Management will give you skills across a range of key leadership and management competencies. There is a particular focus on developing a transformational leadership style that embodies integrity, strategic focus and empowerment to promote growth and change.

This unit is taught as an intensive, Monday to Friday (9 am to 5 pm). The dates for when this unit is offered varies. Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the most up to date information.

Unit Details

Online On-campus 
Workload  12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Subject code PC035 PC035
Prerequisites  48 credit points of  foundation-level units 48 credit points of foundation-level units
Teacher  Tim Foster Tim Foster

Unit Content

Section A: Organisational Leadership 

  • Theology of Leadership
  • Theory of Leadership
  • Organisational Culture
  • Strategy
  • Leading from the second chair

Section B: Managing Organisations 

  • Understanding Management
  • Governance and organisational structures
  • Managing for growth and change
  • Team Dynamics, Human Resource Management & Conflict
  • Communication
  • Budgeting, Finance and Risk in non-profit organisations
  • Self-Management

Tim Foster has been leading organisations since 1999 when he was appointed to lead a large team in the Training Division of Anglican Youthworks where he founded Youthworks College. He then led a church renewal as pastor of an inner urban church in Sydney, significantly growing the church and shifting its culture from fear to engagement with the local community. Since 2009 he has served in the Executive Leadership of Ridley College as Vice Principal driving change, growth and innovation.

Tim is an ordained priest, having trained at Moore Theological College. He received a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary, California, with a thesis on the relationship of Church, Gospel and Australian Culture. His book, The Suburban Captivity of the Church is a provocative study of the complicity of the evangelical gospel with suburban aspirations, and a challenge to contextualise the gospel for battlers, urbanites and other groups outside the traditional evangelical constituency.  In 2003 he completed a Master of Management (an MBA for non-profit leadership and management) at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Tim combines his diverse experience, dynamic leadership style, and formal management training to offer a theologically grounded unit that will serve as an excellent foundation for your personal leadership development and effective organisational management.


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