The unit aims to enable students to demonstrate, evaluate and reflect on leadership and innovation in the workforce of the future. The focus of the unit is an in-depth understanding of how the practice of leadership to foster innovation in organisations is shaped by the context and vice versa. Specifically, the unit will discuss the ever-changing context of work (e.g., the fourth industrial revolution, flexible working, workforce transformation) and key approaches, strategies, and practices of innovative leadership (e.g., adaptive leadership, psychological safety, culture of innovation). The unit will equip students to be future-fluent leaders who are adept at leading both others and themselves through complicated, complex, and chaotic organisational challenges.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the implications of key forces and changes that shape the future of work and organisations
  • Demonstrate the capacity to lead self, others, and the organisation towards innovation
  • Critically analyse how different approaches to leadership can enhance innovation in organisations
  • Apply innovative leadership processes and competencies to build innovative cultures and practices in the workplace

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 20 - 30% 1,2,3 
Assignment 2Individual 30 - 40% 1,2,3,4 
Assignment 3Individual 30 - 50% 1,2,3,4 


  • The fourth industrial revolution
  • Changing the competitive advantage
  • The age of transformation
  • Emerging futures of work
  • Leadership and innovation in the new world of work
  • Ambidextrous and complexity leadership
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Developing fluent future leaders
  • Resilient leadership: building emotional, mental and spiritual agility
  • Leading with vulnerability and mindfulness
  • Psychological safety in the workplace
  • Building a culture of creativity and innovation

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.