|Short Description:||The Leader's Mind|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Business|
|Student contribution band :||Band 4|
|ASCED code :||080399 - Business Mgt not classified|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||2 March 2021|
'The Leader's Mind' is a course about self-discovery, how to mindfully-lead yourself including the concept of selflessness and getting out of the way of your people and how to develop compassion, self-confidence and humility. Students will explore the value of self-awareness as distinct from self-assessment, and learn about the difference between passion-bias versus inclusiveness. Students will be exposed to several `awareness training' methods through which they should learn to know more about the `self' - what one thinks and why, what one feels and why - and discover what things are consciously considered as important, and why. Importantly, students should learn about the real consequences of leader actions when the leader is not present, has their own agenda, does not focus, is less self-aware, and becomes less effective as a result. When a leader is constantly distracted, they will not be present in leader-led activities such as committees and meetings. In this course, students should acquire new cognitive and behavioural skills that enable them to increase their focus, avoid action for the sake of action, create focused time, and apply a range of ethical practices. They should also learn that many barriers exist to selfless leadership that need to be overcome before becoming an effective leader. Students will be required to work with the cooperation of their supervisor at work and to engage in peer mentoring. Decisions made in relation to mindfulness activities are a matter of reflection. Finally, they should be able to measure their own leadership archetype so that they can match self-assessment with self-awareness.