Great leaders are ambitious, open to challenge, and willing to step outside their comfort zones. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Leadership is designed to give you the knowledge, theory and practical opportunities you need to prepare for your role as a future leader.
Leadership is important at every organisational level and may become more important than technical skills as you rise up the chain of command. Deakin’s leadership program is designed with the learning needs of mid-career professionals in mind. There’s a strong emphasis on learning from experience through work-based projects and intensive residential placements that provide a ‘hot-house’ learning environment.
Your learning will be largely experiential and is aimed at developing innovative and influential leadership skills. Course content is underpinned with an exploration of current directions in thinking and research in this very dynamic field of research.
You’ll explore the relevance of leadership theory to real world issues. In particular, you’ll focus on the ethical behaviour of leaders, leadership under pressure and in times of crisis, and leadership in response to global issues such as sustainability and terrorism. You will be encouraged to develop case studies of contemporary issues that allow you to apply course theories and explore leadership in ‘real’ situations.
Elective units may include corporate governance and ethics, research design and analysis, human resource management and international business management. There are opportunities to include elective units from other disciplines, or to link studies to your employer’s interests (and your career) through leadership-related projects.
As a graduate of the course you will have developed an awareness of your own leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also cultivate an appreciation of the way leadership operates at different levels, and in different contexts, as a key factor in enterprises. You’ll be able to apply these skills to your current career, or pursue senior leadership positions across a range of different work settings.