The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is a nested award in the Master of Leadership designed to equip professionals with an understanding of leadership, integrating leadership theories with spiritual principles and pragmatic application. The award parallels the accepted criteria articulation into professional university awards (such as MBA), specifically providing a pathway to the Master of Leadership program. It can be a destination course or exit point, thus allowing flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short postgraduate course before committing to a Master of Leadership or for students who need to exit the Master of Leadership earlier than intended, due to unforeseen personal or professional reasons.
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership provides a broad understanding of leadership principles as well as critical and creative thinking skills which are valuable to any professional context. Integrating leadership theory and skills with spiritual principles, this award provides the opportunity for students to explore the implication of their faith in their professional context. For those students wishing to proceed to postgraduate studies, this award provides an entry point. With provision for regular as well as professional entry it is particularly suitable for those who wish to pursue studies after being in full-time employment for some time.
The GCL consists of 4 subjects (2 core and 2 electives):
THE401 Christian Worldview
LEA401 Introduction to Leadership
2 electives (choose two):
LEA550 Governance, Law, and Ethics
LEA404 Leadership Theory and Skills
LEA535 Organisational Leadership
The GCL can be completed in 1 semester of full-time study or 1 year of part-time study (candidacy up to 3 years).
Message from the Program Director...
Welcome to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program. The GCL program is designed to be both practical and challenging, addressing your skills, belief systems, and ideas. It is designed to help you to become more reflective about, and gain understanding of, your leadership context.
Fundamental to the content of our leadership units is a distinction between leadership" and "ministry." A failure to understand this distinction is at the heart of much confusion and ineffectiveness in Christian Organisations. Without effective leadership the potential of the ministry or professional skills of staff and volunteers is normally wasted or under utilised.
The content of the leadership units cover issues related to identifying potential leaders levels of complexity within different leadership roles and how leaders can be effectively developed. In addition to the leadership skills the program is designed to train you in critical and creative thinking as well as provide you the opportunity to engage issues that relate to Christian ethics.
The GCL will transform your understanding of leadership and your role as a leader.
Dr Ian Jagelman
ACA M.Div D.Min