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: DP8629A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

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.


Evaluate the essential character traits necessary for effective leadership.


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


Construct a personal theology of Christian Leadership


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

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.
  • 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 (%)

Essay 1750 words

1750 25.0

Quiz (Equivalent of 500 words)

500 10.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0
Oral Presentation

Class Presentation (Equivalent of 1000 words)

1000 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-31 07:52:07 +1100