In this unit, students will draw on current scholarship in the areas of leadership and theology to develop their skills in reflecting on, and critically analysing, the intersections between self-leadership and leadership of others. Students will study the inner life of leaders, the self in relationship with God, self, and others, leading in faith-based learning communities, spiritualties of leadership, aspects of leadership formation. The unit provides opportunities for personal reflection and for praxis in own professional contexts as well as to strengthen skills in ethical decision-making related to leadership.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • understand the personal discipline involved in effective leadership and the motivation that underpins the exercise of this discipline
  • demonstrate a capacity to articulate, defend, and critically evaluate an original spirituality of leadership related to their own leadership context
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which leaders understand and address the human context in which leadership is exercised
  • Articulate an advanced understanding of the intersections between the areas of justice in ministry, dialogue and relationship, relationship to the created world, reconciliation, justice and peace and moral vision and religious leadership.

Assumed Knowledge 

LEAD800, LEAD801 & THEO800

Study hours    

11 hours per week for 11 week session, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least four hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.


Dr Ken Avenell

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.