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Discover what it takes to lead and inspire people to work towards achieving shared goals.

Leadership is a new undergraduate subject major being offered for the first time in 2024.

This brand-new subject at the University of Waikato aims to build the next generation of business and community leaders, who are skilful at all levels of management - both strategic and operational.

Effective leadership skills are highly sought after by today's employers, as organisations seek to overcome complex challenges in our ever-changing world.

Our graduates will be able to lead and implement transformative changes across organisations for better financial, social and environmental outcomes.

You're in good hands at Waikato Management School, which is globally recognised for our expertise in leadership development. This subject will provide life-long benefits for your career, whether you work in the private, public, iwi, or not-for-profit sectors.

Good leaders don't try to assert their power or make executive decisions on the fly. Instead they draw on their superb relational and task management skills to listen, engage, inspire, coach and persuade others. This involves bringing together diverse groups of people with a variety of perspectives, and building a team culture with a shared sense of purpose.

Our students will be exposed to the many different theories and practices of leadership, including Māori and indigenous approaches. You will also gain better insights into your own personal leadership style, including your strengths and areas for improvement.

Students will graduate with excellent skills in spoken and written professional communication. They will know how to lead and manage effective teams, make responsible decisions, solve problems, resolve conflicts, and lead themselves and others.

Leadership can be taken as a either a Major subject or Minor subject for most bachelor's degrees at the University of Waikato; or as part of a Graduate Certificate or Graduate diploma.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
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Career opportunities

  • Management consultant
  • Team leader
  • Change management leader
  • Human resources manager
  • Communications and engagement manager
  • Diversity and inclusion consultant
  • Negotiator/mediation specialist
  • Leadership & organisational development trainer

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LEADR101Introduction to Leadership15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24G (Online) & 24X (Secondary School - Unistart)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
STMGT101Introduction to Management15.024A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24VA (National Economics University, Vietnam), 24W (Hamilton Waikato College), 24X (Hamilton Waikato College) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Managing in organisations, small and large, in changing local and international business environments requires knowledge, skills, and abilities of who managers are, what managers do, and how they can make a difference to organisational performance, competitive position, and sustainability over time. This paper introduces students t...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMMS202Intercultural Perspectives in Communication15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines concepts of intercultural communication where consideration is given to individual and cross cultural values and practice. Communication will be considered through a range of themes including Treaty partnership in Aotearoa, cultural understanding and influences, perceptions and personality, motivation, decision ...
LEADR201Professional Speaking15.024A (Hamilton)
This highly practical paper focuses on the skills, principles and practices of developing and delivering professional speeches and presentations. Participants gain extensive practice in analysing, writing and presenting speeches across a wide range of professional purposes and contexts.
LEADR202Leadership and Facilitation15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the core concepts of interpersonal communication and equips students with skills to lead and facilitate effective communication in teams in professional contexts.
PHILO218Ethics at Work15.024G (Online)
A study of ethics as it relates to business and professional practice in New Zealand including material specifically for interest groups: eg computer science, psychology and social work.
PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
STMGT202The Entrepreneur15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Discover what it takes to become a successful and socially responsible entrepreneur, how to develop new ideas into business ventures, and how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY300Culture and Power in the Pacific15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
HRMGT300Women and Management15.024G (Hamilton)
This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.
LEADR302Conflict and Negotiation15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a foundation in conflict management in a variety of contexts and provides students with skills in leading negotiations in interpersonal, organisational, and multi-party settings.
LEGAL306Dispute Resolution15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
The objective/ethos of the paper is to expose students to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and advocacy. Once the students have a basic knowledge of these skills, the paper then examines how these skills are applied within certain conte...
MAORI300Working with Indigenous Communities15.024B (Hamilton) & 24C (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the critical learnings, knowledge's and pedagogies related to working with whenua, whanau, hapu, iwi, Maori, Pacific and Indigenous communities.
PRMGT301Fundamentals of Project Management15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
This paper introduces fundamental project management theory and supports development of students' skill-based project management competencies. Expanding on core concepts from the Project Management Body of Knowledge it encourages students to think critically and apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios.
PSYCH317Organisational Psychology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This course offers a general introduction to how psychology can be used to build better workplaces and work lives. It takes a problem-solving approach, introducing key work psychology concepts and building student understanding of how to apply them to work, while providing an awareness of how business priorities inform applied psyc...
STMGT303Applied Strategy15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
Develop strategic analysis and strategic thinking skills to be able to evaluate and improve the competitive position and performance of organisations.
WSOMM396Management Internship15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga), 24C (Hamilton), 24C (Tauranga) & 24VB (Internet National Economics University, Vietnam)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSOMM399Report of an Investigation15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

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