Unit overview and content

In this unit, students will draw on current scholarship in Leadership and Theology to develop their skills to reflect on, and critically analyse, the intersections between self-leadership and leadership of others. Students will study the inner life of leaders, spirituality of leadership, leadership and difference, and  leadership and development of teams. The unit provides opportunities for personal reflection and for praxis in their own professional contexts as well as opportunities to strengthen skills in ethical decision-making related to Leadership.

Unit content includes:

    • Perspectives on the Self Who Leads
    • Christian Perspectives on the Self as Human
    • The Self in Relation to God
    • Gifts – Ministry – Mission
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • The Virtue of Resilience
    • Leading Self and Others in Faith-based Learning Communities
    • The Leader, the Holy Spirit and Discernment
    • Spiritual Leadership and the Learning Organization
    • Leadership from Within – Perspectives on Formation
    • Human Development: Psychology and Spirituality in Conversation

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.