The unit commences by defining leadership and identifying the key dimensions of leadership. Key theories and models of leadership are explored and evaluated from a Christian perspective. Examination extends to a variety of predominant leadership characteristics that are then applied to individual conceptualization of personal leadership attributes.

Unit code: DP1620A (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the key dimensions of leadership.


Analyse theories of leadership from a Christian perspective.


Identify the essential character traits necessary for effective leadership.


Articulate the concepts of self-leadership and self-awareness.


12 weekly sessions, required reading and additional reading resources.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Antonakis, J., A, Cianciolo, and R. Sternberg, The Nature of leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004.
  • Banks, R. and B.M Ledbetter. Reviewing leadership: A Christian evaluation of current approaches. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Blanchard, K and P. Hodges. The Servant Leader. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003
  • Bolman, L and T. Deal.* Leading with Soul*. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2001
  • Clinton, JR The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development, NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO, 2012
  • Cole, Neil Journeys to Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2011
  • DeVries, M.F.R. The Leadership Mystique. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2006
  • Dockery, DS (ed.) Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations, B&H, Nashville, TN, 2011
  • Geoffrion, Timothy. The Spirit Led Leader. Herndon: Alban Institute, 2005
  • Kouzes, James and P. Posner. The Truth About Leadership, San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2010
  • McNeal, Reggie. A Work of the Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2011
  • Northouse, Peter. Leadership Theory and Practice 7th Edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2015
  • Sarros, James, B. Cooper, A. Hartican, and C. Barker. The Character of Leadership: What Works for Australian Leaders. Milton: Wiley and Sons, 2006
  • Yukl, Gary. Leadership in Organisations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2010


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz (Equivalent of 500 words)

500 15.0

Essay 1500 words

1500 40.0

Essay 1000 words

1000 25.0
Oral Presentation

Class Presentation (Equivalent of 500 words)

500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-11 16:14:02 +1000