GBM801 - Sustainable Leadership

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Subject Title
Sustainable Leadership

Subject Description
Without strong leadership from all points within a company, culture cannot change. With a focus on effective communication, students will understand the need for sustainable leadership. Change process and the practices of sustainability champions will be explored. Personal and organizational, leadership models will be examined through lecture, cases, film, self assessment and discussion.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and enhance leadership traits, competencies and behaviour to help motivate organization among team members. Clarify and develop current leadership skills through cases, projects, exercises, self and peer assessment.
  2. Understand sustainability and its relation to business and organizations. Understand the market advantage of incorporating sustainability into business appplications. Describe how the ideas of the Green Movement have created viable, sustainable business models. Apply the Earth Charter in understanding the business language of sustainability. Describe the People, Planet, and Profit model as a measure of sustainability in business.
  3. Examine the change process and explain sustainability champion practices through theory, application and skill development. Develop, understand, and appreciate the dynamics of change in the workplace. As agents of change, apply best leadership Green Business practices in the workplace.
  4. Understand and apply communication that support sustainable leadership. Compare and contrast communication modes as a leader in team and organizational structures. Develop a language to effectively communicate, analyze, and promote the benefits of sustainability. Communicate the business case for sustainability. Understand the business advantages of communicating sustainable practices. Develop strategies to communicate, share, and promote the message of sustainability.
  5. Examine leadership measurement techniques with a focus on outcomes measurement.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.