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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.

 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

Qualifications

Study Leadership Communication in any of these qualifications

Leadership Communication as a Minor (Bachelor's degree)

Postgraduate qualifications

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication18A (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 Society18B (Hamilton)
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
LCOMM200Management Communication18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the processes by which managers communicate with those inside and outside their organisation. It explores managers' main communicative practices and introduces students to some of the major theories underlying management communication as an area of study.
LCOMM201Professional Speaking18B (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 Facilitation18A (Hamilton)
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 Consulting18A (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.
LCOMM205Leadership Communication18A (Hamilton)
Who you are influences who you are as a leader. It is everyone's business whether it involves family, school, sport, volunteer teams, or full-time employment. This paper looks at how you form, maintain, and change identity and explores how to find your unique voice and clarify your own values. It uses research-based and theoretical...
MCOM200Management Communication18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the theory and practice of management communication. The paper focuses on the process by which managers communicate with those inside and outside their organisations.
PUBRL202Health Communication Campaigns18B (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
MCOM330Professional Speaking and SpeechwritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM331Managing Conflict and ConsensusThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM332Professional and Public Relations Writing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the theory and practice of written communication in public relations and other professional contexts. Students learn to design, write and edit a portfolio of documents, including a brochure, an annual report narrative, and a newsletter.
MCOM336Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
MCOM338Communication InterventionsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM339Events and Communication Management18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
Event management is a strategic public relations, marketing and communication tool for organisations of all sizes. This experiential learning paper draws together best practice in event and communication management from a practical business and operational perspective. The paper covers all aspects of event planning. Students will r...
MCOM340Communicating Social Change18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines a range of theoretical and practical approaches to the communication and management of social change, especially the health and well-being of communities, organisations, and other social groups, and emerging human rights issues.
MCOM376Diversity LeadershipThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM380Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM387Communication InternshipThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM390Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM392Leading Change for Sustainability18A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches leadership skills necessary for organisational change, with particular emphasis on the changes needed to make organisations more socially and environmentally sustainable.
MCOM399Communication Investigation in the WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS319Industry Experience 218C (Online)
This paper requires a period of four to thirteen weeks work experience in an appropriate and approved host organisation with relevance to the student's degree and major. Investigation of three research topics supports the academic component of the paper.
MSYS335Managerial Decision MakingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
STMG325Self Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper explores self-actualising leadership. Students will be involved in aligning their inner and outer worlds in a journey of discovering what energises and guides their purpose.

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MCOM430Professional Speaking and SpeechwritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM431Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
MCOM432Professional and Public Relations Writing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the theory and practice of written communication in public relations and other professional contexts. Students learn to design, write, and edit a portfolio of documents, including a brochure, an annual report narrative, and a newsletter.
MCOM438Communication InterventionsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM440Communicating social change18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines a range of theoretical and practical approaches to the communication and management of social change, especially the health and well-being of communities, organisations, and other social groups, and emerging human rights issues.
MCOM476Diversity LeadershipThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM480Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM490Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM492Leading Change for Sustainability18A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches leadership skills necessary for organisational change, with particular emphasis on the changes needed to make organisations more socially and environmentally sustainable.
MCOM495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
MCOM499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
MSYS435Advanced Managerial Decision MakingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
STMG425Self-Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper allows students the opportunity to explore inspiration, passion and purpose in organisations.

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

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 BCS(Hons), BMS(Hons), PGCert(LComm), PGDip(LComm) 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 and subject 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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MCOM502Managing Virtual Team Communication18B (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...
MCOM506Reputation ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM508Communication for Investor RelationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM512Applied Communication AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM513Professional and Public Relations WritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM514Promotional WritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM515Writing in Research: Communication with StakeholdersThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM516Writing in Leadership CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM517Internship and Action Research for Public RelationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM518Public Relations Best Practice - an InvestigationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM519Applied Research in Public RelationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM532Public Relations CasesThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM566Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM576Intercultural CommunicationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM579Communication in OrganisationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM583Leadership, Communication and Transformation18B (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...
MCOM584Sustainable Futures18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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...
MCOM585Public Relations: Context and ApplicationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM587Communication InternshipThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM589Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM590Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM591Management Communication Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MCOM592Management Communication Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MCOM593Management Communication Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MCOM594Management Communication Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MCOM599Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS(Hons) degree.
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MCOM800Management Communication MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MCOM900Management Communication PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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.

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