Details for Developing Women Leaders

  • This paper examines the obstacles and challenges for women in leadership . It examines leadership theory from the perspective of women’s participation and seeks strategies for the development of women into leadership and management roles

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: MIN214
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit provides the student with an understanding of the principles of developing women in leadership and models of leadership adopted by women.


Students should be able to:

  • explain the obstacles and challenges for women in leadership
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of various styles and theories of leadership, management and governance adopted by women
  • analyse and evaluate these models of leadership in relation to the contemporary church culture and context
  • appreciate the personal values necessary for women to lead within a Christian context

Subject Content

  1. Social, cultural and theological grounds for gender equality in leadership
  2. The styles, theories and models of leadership adopted by women
  3. Developing and mentoring women as leaders
  4. Communication and Relational skills as applied to women’s leadership and management
  5. Developing personal resources specific to women, such as balancing work and home life.

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, guided discussion, class seminars and presentations.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Summary weekly readings (20%, 750 words); Devotional Reflection (10%, 500 words); Critical book review (20%, 750 words); Essay / leader interview (50%, 2000 words)

Prescribed Text


Representative References

  • Antonakis, J. (et al) (eds), The Nature of Leadership. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2004.
  • Coughlin, L. (et al), Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. Jossey-Bass, 2005.
  • Huffington, C. (ed), Working Below the Surface: The Emotional Life of Contemporary Organisations. London: Karnac Books, 2004.
  • Hull, G.G., Equal to Serve: Women and Men Working Together Revealing the Gospel. Baker Books, 1998.
  • Forster, N., Maximum Performance: A Practical Guide to Leading and Managing People at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005.
  • McKenzie, F. Friends in High Places: How to Achieve Your Ambitions, Goals and Potential with the Help of a Mentor: the Executive Woman’s Guide. Chatswood: Business & Professional Publishing, 1995.
  • Northouse, P.G., Leadership: Theory and Practice. 4th Ed. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2007.
  • Rhode, D.L. (ed), The Difference "Difference" Makes: Women and Leadership. Calif.: Stanford Law and Politics, 2003.
  • Sinclair, A., Doing LeadershipDifferently: Gender, Power and Sexuality in a Changing Business Culture. Rev Ed, Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2005.

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