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This course is the foundation upon which your MBA studies will be built. It is in this period that you and your cohort will develop a shared understanding of what it means to be an AGSM graduate - what leadership characteristics you will foster; what values you will adhere to; and what behaviours you believe will assist lifelong learning and leadership. Importantly, you will be asked to reflect on how you wish to approach the MBA experience and you will have the opportunity to set your own goals.

The premises of the first section of the course which is entitled Leading Yourself and Others (LYO) is that:

  • leading yourself effectively is a prerequisite for being at your best and bringing out the best in others
  • learning to lead well requires continual openness to challenging your assumptions and experimenting with fresh ways to attain your objectives.

LYO has been designed to enable you to be in learning mode (Heslin & Keating 2017) regarding how you lead yourself to thrive in your MBA Program and develop your capacity to forge a successful career as you make a positive impact on individuals, organisations, and the communities in which you work.


UNSW Business School

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Offering Terms

Summer Term



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Restricted to Full Time MBA and MBA/LLM students

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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