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UMG8011 Walking into a Toxic Team

8W Teaching Period 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Walking into a Toxic Team
Units : 0.25
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080307 - Organisation Management
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 25 February 2021


Enrolment is not permitted if MGT8037 has been previously completed


In your role as leader, you may encounter a team that is dysfunctional, underperforming, disengaged or "toxic". Your own leadership style and behaviours can help start the healing process, or possibly hamper it. Effective leadership requires understanding the nature of toxic teams and the sources of disfunction, as well as implementing strategies to address these.


This minicourse will help leaders understand the nature and characteristics of toxic teams, and how to identify existing and future problems. Students will also learn how leadership styles and behaviours can facilitate productive team behaviours.

Please be advised that this minicourse is made up of four parts please see MGT8037 for the full course specification.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of team leadership to develop a personal framework for team leadership (MGT8037 LO1, L03)
  2. Leverage critical reflection on leadership theories to analyse your leadership framework (MGT8037 LO2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Toxic Team 33.00
2. Team Leadership 33.00
3. Strategies to Tackle Toxicity 34.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Adair, J.E 1973, Action-centred Leadership, Gower, Farnborough, UK.
Avolio, B. J., walumbwa, F. O., & Weber, T. J 2009, 'Leadership: Current Theories, Research, and Future Directions', Annual Review of Psychology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 421-449.
Fiedler 1971, Leadership, General Learning Press, New York.
Fiedler, F.E., & Garcia, J. E 1987, New Approaches to Leadership, Cognitive Resources and Organisational Performance, John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Goffee, R., & Jones, G 2000, 'Why Should anyone be led by you', Harvard Business review, vol. 75, no. 5, pp. 63-70.
Greenleaf, R. K 1970, The Servant as Leader, Center for Applied Studies, Cambridge, MA.
Kotter, J., & Cohen, D 2013, The Heart of Change: Real-life stories of how people change their organizations, Harvard Business Press, Brighton, MA.
Morgeson, F. P., DeRue, D. S., & Karam, E. P 2010, 'Leadership in Teams: A Functional Approach to Understanding Leadership Structures and Processes', Journal of Management, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 5-39.
Northouse, P. G 2013, Leadership: Theory & Practice, 6th edn, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Tuckman, B. W 1965, 'Developmental Sequence in Small Groups', Psychological Bulletin, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 384-399.
Kogler-Hill, S. E. (2019). Team leadership. In P. G. Northouse (Ed.), Leadership: theory and practice (pp. 371–402). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Directed Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assessment 1 50 100 26 Feb 2021 (see note 1)

  1. The assessment for this minicourse is due 4 weeks after teaching concludes. Students have access to the learning platform for a total of 11 weeks.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for the full course will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each mapped minicourse, once all assessments have been successfully undertaken.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. There are 4 minicourses at 0.25 credit point that map to 1 full course. To receive credit for this minicourse into the full course, students must successfully pass the assessment. Once all 4 mapped minicourses have been successfully completed, a credit into the full course applies.

Date printed 25 February 2021