Alphacrucis College

Details for Psychology of Leadership

This subject is designed to provide students with a broad overview of psychological theories and concepts that are particularly related to the context of leadership.    

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: LEA504
  • Credit points: 10


RES401 or equivalent

The following courses are prerequisites:

The unit Psychology of Leadership is part of the subject area Leadership and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).

Unit Content

Subject Content

  1. Personality disorders
  2. Leader and staff development, including IQ, EQ, and SQ
  3. EQ and flexible leadership
  4. Authentic leadership
  5. Communication and challenging mindsets
  6. Collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution
  7. Rhetoric and influence of voice
  8. Cultivating psychologically healthy teams

Assessment Methods


Representative References

Caruso, D., & Salovey, P., The emotionally intelligent manager: How to develop and use the four key emotional skills of leadership. Jossy-Bass, 2004. 


Egan, G., The skilled helper: A problem management approach to helping. Cole Publishing Company, 1998.


Eisenberg, E. M., Strategic ambiguities: Essays on communication, organization, and identity. Sage, 2007.


Ellis, A., Abrams, M., & Abrams, L., Personality theories: Critical perspectives. Sage, 2009.


Goleman, D. B. R., & McKee, A., The new leaders: Transforming the art of leadership in the science of results. Time Warner, 2003.

Haslam, N., Introduction to personality and intelligence. Sage, 2007.


Judge, T. A., Bono, J. E., Remus, I., & Gerhardt, M. W., “Personality and leadership: A qualitative and quantitative review.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 87.4(2002): 765-780.


Kets de Vries, M. F. R., Leaders, fools, and impostors: Essays on the psychology of leadership. iUniverse, 2003.