Leadership Communication

Research shows the best leaders and managers are outstanding communicators who know how to influence and motivate people, enabling them to go further and faster in their careers.
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Why study Leadership Communication?

Develop the exceptional communication and interpersonal skills you need to become an effective leader or manager at work.

These skills are equally essential for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in public relations, marketing or climb the ranks of management.

At Waikato University, we'll teach you how to communicate more effectively in the workplace to engage staff and influence key stakeholders, helping organisations to implement strategic changes.

You'll also be equipped to lead organisations through periods of disruption, change and uncertainty.

This will position you for roles managing high-performing teams, or driving changes that enhance organisational performance - whether that be in the business world, government departments, or not-for-profits.

In this subject, you'll explore the theories and practices of leadership communication, and develop your ability to positively influence people through your words and behaviour.

You'll also start to hone essential skills that employers greatly value, such as giving professional speeches to diverse groups of people, listening and perception, conflict resolution, and creative problem-solving capabilities. 

Career Opportunities

  • Business/community/political leader
  • Communications advisor
  • Community engagement manager
  • Change management specialist
  • Content marketing writer
  • Diversity consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Management trainer
  • Mediation specialist
  • Motivational speaker
  • Political Speechwriter
  • Professional fundraiser/negotiator
  • Public relations consultant


Leadership Communication can be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) or elective papers for any bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato. We suggest you take a look at the Bachelor of Communication, 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.

Learn from the best

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 also in the world's top 175 universities for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.

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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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Contact us

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton