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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.

Qualifications

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, or the Bachelor of Business.

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

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Waikato is one of New Zealand's leading business schools, consistently ranked 1st or 2nd in New Zealand for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings since 2022.

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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 Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication15.0No occurrences
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.
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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM202Leadership and Facilitation15.0No occurrences
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.
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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM301Professional Speaking15.0No occurrences
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 Negotiation15.0No occurrences
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.
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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM583Leadership, Communication and Transformation30.024A (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 Futures30.024B (Hamilton)
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 Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM592Leadership Communication Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
LCOMM593Leadership Communication Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
LCOMM594Leadership Communication Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM800Leadership Communication MPhil Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM900Leadership Communication PhD Thesis120.024I (Hamilton), 24I (Tauranga), 24J (Hamilton), 24J (Tauranga), 24K (Hamilton), 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (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)


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

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