The task of leading people and organisations has become increasingly complex.

Two major trends – globalisation and responsibility in business – have shaped the way organisations and their leaders approach the challenges facing contemporary corporations. The first trend, globalisation, is all pervasive. At no time in human history has the contact between individuals from different countries and cultures been greater. The second trend is more recent, but equally pervasive, and concerns the quest for responsibility in business. Stakeholders now expect that organisations and managers address the environmental, social, and economic threats facing our society and take a more active role in the fight against some of the most pressing problems in the world – such as environmental degradation, human rights protection and now pandemics.

Understanding leadership in terms of individual differences and contribution towards organisational development and achieving organisational goals helps us understand how we may become better at managing, motivating, and mentoring when we take our places as leaders in the workplace.

This course is designed to assist participants to identify personal strengths and skill gaps and develop strategies to improve their management and leadership skills. The course is intended to help participants to better understand and manage themselves in order to be more effective in managing others, make decisions, manage relationships within their organisation and to lead others.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business and management education. This double accreditation demonstrates achievement of the highest international standards across teaching and learning, research, and stakeholder engagement, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement into the future.

Business schools that earn these accreditations must undergo a rigorous review process undertaken by peers in the business education community and industry, to ensure they have the resources, credentials and dedication to deliver first-rate programs, knowledge creation and positive impact on business and society.

These standards support UniSA Business to deliver on its mission, to innovate and engage, and to lead the business education community worldwide.

Program Benefits

This is a contemporary course with theory linked to application which will benefit both individuals and organisations in a variety of ways.

Individual benefits:

  • Gain understanding of the historical evolution of leadership concepts and theories and how they can be applied in conjunction with evolving concepts to today’s contemporary environment
  • Discover how business purpose, stakeholder and motivational concepts influence leadership style
  • The importance and value of mindfulness for effective leadership
  • Appreciation of the effect of ethical decision-making on leadership
  • Ability to evaluate your own leadership skills and develop plans to improve



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Organisational benefits:

  • Better decision-making
  • Increased employee engagement and organisational commitment behaviour
  • Employee retention
  • Nurture and build future leadership competencies especially in today’s challenging times
  • Increase productivity from effective leadership style
  • Driving change in the organisation


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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

2 full days 9:00am to 4:30pm

4 - 5 November 2024

UniSA Business
City west Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide

Discounts available for group bookings.

Emerging, mid-level and senior business leaders and executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

What you can expect

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Leadership Theories
  • Motivational Models
  • Purpose of business
  • Stakeholder management
  • Ethical Decision-making
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Current and Future Directions in Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

The content presented over 2-days will include:

  • Trait Theory
  • Behavioural style theory
  • Situational theories
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Leader-member exchange
  • Theories of motivation
  • Motivation through job design
  • Purpose of a business / organisation
  • Active Stakeholder Management
  • Three approaches for ethical decision making
  • Why good leaders let unethical things happen
  • Four component ethical decision-making process
  • Why Responsible Leadership is important
  • Leadership competencies for sustainable business
  • Role Models of Responsible Leadership
  • Authentic Leadership
  • New-Genre Leadership
  • E-Leadership
  • Leaders with Emotional Intelligence
  • Importance of Emotions

Optional Assessment

Satisfactory completion of optional assessment provides one credit into the Leadership Development Program programs, subject to entry criteria.


Learn from the experts

Dr Sunil Savur is a Lecturer with UniSA Business. With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Manufacturing Management, he has worked in various capacities in Australia, USA, Denmark and India. He has a PhD in Management for ethical decision making in Australian SMEs. His experience in large, medium and small enterprises coupled with research in business ethics enables him to deliver knowledge in practical management practice for current and future managers. Sunil is an active member of Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics (AAPAE), the centre for Business Ethics and Responsible Leadership (BERL) and the Academy of Management (AoM).

Dr Savur teaches ethics related and other general management courses at the School of Management – such as People. Leadership & Performance, Business Ethics and International Business – Strategy & Ethics.

Sunil’s current research interests are in ethical decision-making process in general and particularly in SMEs.

Dr Sunil Savur

Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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