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Leadership Communication

Research shows the best leaders and managers are outstanding communicators, enabling them to go further and faster in their careers. At Waikato University, we'll teach you how to communicate more effectively in the workplace and how to influence key stakeholders, helping organisations to make strategic changes.

Excellent communication skills are a powerful tool of leadership in all organisations, from small businesses to large government departments.

Leaders who possess superb written and verbal communication skills; and who can manage teams of individuals to perform at their best; play an important role in an organisation's success.

These skills are equally essential for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in public relations, marketing or climb the ranks of management.

In this subject you'll explore the theory and practice of communication, such as writing business reports or giving professional speeches, and learn how to engage, motivate and influence people.

You'll also gain an understanding of managing conflict, persuasion and negotiation, and helping organisations to implement strategic changes.

We'll inspire and challenge you throughout the course using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, group reports, self-reflective writing and team presentations.

If you have good listening skills, wish to become a confident communicator and aspire to become a great leader, then this subject may be a good fit for you.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies, by the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Qualifications

Leadership Communication can normally be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato.

In particular, take a look at the Bachelor of Communication Studies, the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Otherwise, you could take just one or two Leadership Communication papers as electives.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Leadership Communication.

Student clubs

Leadership Communication students can get involved with the award-winning Management Communication Students' Association (MCSA), a student club that organises regular workshops and social events for its members.

 Career opportunities

  • Communications officer/manager
  • Community engagement adviser
  • Change management specialist
  • Business/community/political leader
  • Diversity consultant
  • Management trainer
  • Mediation specialist
  • Motivational speaker
  • Professional fundraiser/negotiator
  • Professional writer
  • Public relations consultant

100 level

200 Level

Professional SpeakingLCOMM20115.0 Points
Leadership and FacilitationLCOMM20215.0 Points
Management CommunicationMCOM20020.0 Points
Health Communication CampaignsPUBRL20215.0 Points

300 Level

Professional Speaking and SpeechwritingMCOM33020.0 Points
Managing Conflict and ConsensusMCOM33120.0 Points
Professional and Public Relations WritingMCOM33220.0 Points
Negotiation and PersuasionMCOM33620.0 Points
Communication InterventionsMCOM33820.0 Points
Events and Communication ManagementMCOM33920.0 Points
Communicating Social ChangeMCOM34020.0 Points
Diversity LeadershipMCOM37620.0 Points
Special TopicMCOM38020.0 Points
Communication InternshipMCOM38720.0 Points
Directed StudyMCOM39020.0 Points
Leading Change for SustainabilityMCOM39220.0 Points
Communication Investigation in the WorkplaceMCOM39920.0 Points
Industry Experience 2MSYS31920.0 Points
Managerial Decision MakingMSYS33520.0 Points
Self Actualising LeadershipSTMG32520.0 Points

400 Level

Professional Speaking and SpeechwritingMCOM43020.0 Points
Negotiation and PersuasionMCOM43120.0 Points
Professional and Public Relations WritingMCOM43220.0 Points
Communication InterventionsMCOM43820.0 Points
Communicating social changeMCOM44020.0 Points
Diversity LeadershipMCOM47620.0 Points
Special TopicMCOM48020.0 Points
Directed StudyMCOM49020.0 Points
Leading Change for SustainabilityMCOM49220.0 Points
Industry Experience 4MCOM49520.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationMCOM49920.0 Points
Advanced Managerial Decision MakingMSYS43520.0 Points
Self-Actualising LeadershipSTMG42520.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(MgtComm) and GradDip(MgtComm)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Leadership Communication at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons), BCS(Hons), PGCert(MgtComm), PGDip(MgtComm) and MMS

Leadership Communication may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the BCS(Hons) and MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication are also available. The requirements for the major, subjects, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Leadership Communication papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Leadership Communication papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Leadership Communication papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include the papers:

  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability

And choose 60 points from:

  • MCOM205 Leadership, Design and Innovation
  • MCOM220 Communication Theory and Research
  • MCOM238 Communication, Health and Well-being
  • MCOM239 / 339 Events and Communication Management
  • MCOM330 / 430 Professional Speaking and Speechwriting
  • MCOM331 Managing Conflict and Consensus
  • MCOM332 / 432 Professional and Public Relations Writing
  • MCOM336 / 431 Negotiation and Persuasion
  • MCOM338 / 438 Communication Interventions
  • MCOM340 / 440 Communicating Social Change
  • MCOM380 / 480 Special Topic
  • MCOM387 Communication Internship
  • MCOM390 Directed Study
  • MCOM376 / 476 Diversity Leadership
  • MCOM490 Directed Study
  • MSYS335 Managerial Decision-Making
  • STMG325 / 425 Self-actualising Leadership
  • MSYS435 Advanced Managerial Decision-Making

If Leadership Communication is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You'll also need to include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include the papers:

  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability

And choose at least 30 points from:

  • MCOM501 Meaningful Work and Wellbeing
  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM503 Networking
  • MCOM504 Organisational Change and Communication
  • MCOM505 Internal Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures
  • MCOM587 Communication Internship

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 paper towards your Waikato Management School major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you've only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Communication Studies major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include:

  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability

And choose 60 points from:

  • MCOM205 Leadership, Design and Innovation
  • MCOM220 Communication Theory and Research
  • MCOM238 Communication, Health and Well-being
  • MCOM239 / 339 Events and Communication Management
  • MCOM330 / 430 Professional Speaking and Speechwriting
  • MCOM331 Managing Conflict and Consensus
  • MCOM332 / 432 Professional and Public Relations Writing
  • MCOM336 / 431 Negotiation and Persuasion
  • MCOM338 / 438 Communication Interventions
  • MCOM340 / 440 Communicating Social Change
  • MCOM380 / 480 Special Topic
  • MCOM387 Communication Internship
  • MCOM390 Directed Study
  • MCOM376 / 476 Diversity Leadership
  • MCOM490 Directed Study
  • MSYS335 Managerial Decision-Making
  • STMG325 / 425 Self-actualising Leadership
  • MSYS435 Advanced Managerial Decision-Making

If Leadership Communication is your second major then you can count MCOM220 as a major paper for this subject.

Please note: MCOM399 is only available if you are undertaking two of the following majors: Leadership Communication, Marketing, or Public Relations. MCOM220 can be counted towards Leadership Communication if it is your second major for this qualification.

Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours (BCS(Hons))

To complete requirements for the Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level, include at least 60 points from one subject area and at least 30 points in research (Directed Study, Dissertation or Research Methods Papers), and submit a Portfolio of Achievement.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include at least 60 points from:

  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation

And choose no more than 60 points from:

  • MCOM501 Meaningful Work and Wellbeing
  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM503 Networking
  • MCOM504 Organisational Change and Communication
  • MCOM505 Internal Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM508 Communication for Investor Relations
  • MCOM566 Special Topic
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures
  • MCOM585 Public Relations: Context and Applications
  • MCOM587 Communication Internship
  • MCOM590 Directed Study
  • MCOM591 Dissertation
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include:

  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability
  • MSYS319 Industry Experience 2

And choose 40 points from:

  • MCOM205 Leadership, Design and Innovation
  • MCOM220 Communication Theory and Research
  • MCOM238 Communication, Health and Well-being
  • MCOM239 / 339 Events and Communication Management
  • MCOM330 / 430 Professional Speaking and Speechwriting
  • MCOM331 Managing Conflict and Consensus
  • MCOM332 / 432 Professional and Public Relations Writing
  • MCOM336 / 431 Negotiation and Persuasion
  • MCOM338 / 438 Communication Interventions
  • MCOM340 / 440 Communicating Social Change
  • MCOM380 / 480 Special Topic
  • MCOM387 Communication Internship
  • MCOM390 Directed Study
  • MCOM376 / 476 Diversity Leadership
  • MCOM490 Directed Study
  • MSYS335 Managerial Decision-Making
  • STMG325 / 425 Self-Actualising Leadership
  • MSYS435 Advanced Managerial Decision-Making

Please note: If you are taking Leadership Communication as a second major for the BECom then MSYS319 may be replaced with another paper ticked as available for the subject.

Leadership Communication as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Leadership Communication as a major subject, you can take it as a second major. In these circumstances you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You'll also need to include the papers:

  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability

Graduate Certificate  (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area.

There are no specific requirements for Leadership Communication.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include:

  • MCOM231 Interpersonal Communication at Work
  • MCOM392 / 492 Leading Change for Sustainability

And choose 80 points from:

  • MCOM205 Leadership, Design and Innovation
  • MCOM211 Leadership Communication
  • MCOM292 Business Communication
  • MCOM239 / 339 Events and Communication Management
  • MCOM330 / 430 Professional Speaking and Speechwriting
  • MCOM331 Managing Conflict and Consensus
  • MCOM332 / 432 Professional and Public Relations Writing
  • MCOM336 / 431 Negotiation and Persuasion
  • MCOM338 / 438 Communication Interventions
  • MCOM340 / 440 Communicating Social Change
  • MCOM376 / 476 Diversity Leadership

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you have to meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Please note: If you fail a paper then you may repeat it once. If you fail more than one paper, or you fail the same paper twice, then you will not be permitted to proceed with the certificate. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you have to meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include at least 60 points from:

  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation

And no more than 60 points from:

  • MCOM501 Meaningful Work and Wellbeing
  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM503 Networking
  • MCOM504 Organisational Change and Communication
  • MCOM505 Internal Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM566 Special Topic
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures
  • MCOM585 Public Relations: Context and Applications
  • MCOM587 Communication Internship
  • MCOM590 Directed Study
  • MCOM591 Dissertation
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the diploma. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria. Please refer to the qualification information for further details. However, you'll need to:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in Leadership Communication.
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement.
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

You'll also need to include at least 60 points from (unless passed previously):

  • MCOM501 Meaningful Work and Wellbeing
  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM503 Networking
  • MCOM504 Organisational Change and Communication
  • MCOM505 Internal Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures

Note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Graduate Convenor.

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Leadership Communication subject convenors:

Professor David McKie
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: dmckie@waikato.ac.nz

Professor Juliet Roper
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: jroper@waikato.ac.nz