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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.

Leadership Communication is only available as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree, or as a postgraduate subject.

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 200 universities for both Business & Management Studies; and Communication & Media Studies; in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.

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. You can also take Leadership Communication for a Graduate Certificate.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
Faculty:

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

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

Leadership Communication may be taken as a subject for the BCS(Hons).

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the PGCert(LComm), PGDip(LComm) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be included for the PGCert(LComm) or PGDip(LComm) programmes.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581, one of LCOMM590, LCOMM591, LCOMM592, LCOMM593, or LCOM594; and 60 points from LCOMM502, LCOMM583 and LCOMM584.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication19A (Hamilton)
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.
LCOMM102Communication in an Online Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to communication practices, concepts, and issues that they are likely to encounter as citizens, communicating professionals, community members, and participants in a highly mediated online world.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM201Professional Speaking19B (Hamilton)
This highly practical paper focuses on the skills, principles, and practices of developing and delivering professional speeches and presentations across a wide range of professional purposes and contexts.
LCOMM202Leadership and Facilitation19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper covers the core concepts of interpersonal communication and equips students with skills to lead and facilitate effective communication in face-to-face and online professional contexts.
LCOMM203Communication Consulting19A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the use of action research methodology for identifying communication/marketing strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in various organisations including business, government and non-profits. Needs assessments and interventions are covered.
PUBRL202Health Communication Campaigns19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the construction and evaluation of communication campaigns to address health issues in communities and organisations. The campaigns use communication theory to design persuasive and innovative health campaigns.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM300Communication Strategies19A (Hamilton)
This capstone paper gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge of communication theories and practices acquired throughout the course of their study by designing and implementing a communication strategy for a client.
LCOMM301Professional Speaking19B (Hamilton)
This highly practical paper focuses on the skills, principles, and practices of developing and delivering professional speeches and presentations across a wide range of professional purposes and contexts
LCOMM302Conflict and Negotiation19B (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.
PUBRL301Stakeholder and Community Engagement19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to develop capacity in students to develop and facilitate ethical collaborative communication and relationship engagement activities with a diverse range of stakeholders within communities.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM502Managing Virtual Team Communication19B (Online)
Managing and participating in teams is a feature of organisational life and the everyday workplace. Increasingly, work teams are dependent on communication technologies for effective communication. This paper investigates theory and practice of team communication with specific reference to the capacities of communication technologi...
LCOMM583Leadership, Communication and Transformation19A (Hamilton)
Our focus in this paper will be on leadership communication, or the ways leaders and followers interact and the ways leaders attempt to create and shape meanings through images and words. We will also explore a range of ideas about what it means to lead and the assumptions, beliefs, and values embedded and shaped in diverse leaders...
LCOMM584Sustainable Futures19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
Individuals and organisations operate in contexts that are increasingly complex and uncertain. They face issues that are global in nature and which threaten long term sustainability. To successfully meet fast changing futures, contexts and stakeholders must be addressed. New styles of leadership and management are thus required, ac...
LCOMM591Leadership Communication Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM592Leadership Communication Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM593Leadership Communication Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
LCOMM594Leadership Communication Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM800Leadership Communication MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM900Leadership Communication PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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For full details about all current subject papers including semesters, descriptions, prerequisites and more, visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

Leadership Communication as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree

To complete a minor in Leadership Communication, you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from LCOMM papers.

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

  • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication

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

To complete the BCS(Hons), you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including 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 (see the BCS(Hons) qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Leadership Communication are that you must include at least 60 points from papers offered in the subject.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Communication

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject area of Leadership Communication.

There are no specific requirements for this subject. Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Communication (PGCert)

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

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

You will also need to meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

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

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Communication, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from one subject area.

You'll also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

For Leadership Communication, the specific requirements are that you must include at least 60 points from papers offered in the subject.

You must also meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Please note: 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) in Leadership Communication

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)

Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area

Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).

Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

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

  • MCOM502 Managing Virtual Team Communication
  • MCOM506 Reputation Management
  • MCOM576 Intercultural Communication
  • MCOM579 Communication in Organisations
  • MCOM583 Leadership, Communication and Transformation
  • MCOM584 Sustainable Futures

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/LCOMM

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

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

Please contact the Graduate Convenor.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


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