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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 available as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree, or as a specialist subject at Graduate and Postgraduate level.

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.

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.

Student clubs

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


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

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Communication & Media Studies; in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

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

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication20A (Hamilton) & 20G (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 Society20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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
LCOMM202Leadership and Facilitation20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The purpose of the paper is to increase understanding, and develop skills in team leadership and facilitation, so that you can use these understanding and skills to facilitate effective communication in small group relations. You will learn skills to become a more effective team facilitator, with particular reference to workplace a...
LCOMM203Communication Consulting20A (Hamilton)
The purpose of the paper is to introduce students to the art and science of communication consulting. Many organisations identify communication and marketing challenges, and internal and external consultants are utilised to assess the problems, identify solutions, implement changes, and evaluate the impact of those changes. In this...
PUBRL202Health Communication20B (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 Strategies20B (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 Speaking20A (Hamilton) & 20G (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 Negotiation20B (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 Engagement20A (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 Communication20B (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 Transformation20A (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 Futures20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM592Leadership Communication Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM593Leadership Communication Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
LCOMM594Leadership Communication Thesis20X (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 Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM900Leadership Communication PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20I2 (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Leadership Communication as a Minor subject (60 points)

Graduate qualifications (100-300 Level)

Postgraduate qualifications (500 Level)


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