Adaptive Leadership

It's time for you to change too

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

The QUT MBA prides itself on real world learning. Leaders today need to be adaptable. Our program provides you with a safe place to fail as well as reflect and learn from your experiences to develop you into an adaptable and innovative leader.
Whether it has been our competition winners, our QUT MBA Associates presenting a business strategy for their employers for the Workplace Project, our Associates gathering in the weekend with Alumni to work through an Ideas Factory project or our consultancy teams that work on client projects for special topic units – we adapt to real world needs and opportunities.

Adaptive Leadership, coordinated by Dr John Bensley, is another such innovative unit, combining strategy, negotiation, team building and leadership skills with the Brisbane Oxfam Trailwalker. The unit has been nominated for an international Association of MBAs Innovation award. Our five 2017 QUT MBA teams took out the Brisbane Corporate cup with $29,499 raised. Are you ready to be a part of our 2018 unit? Our Executive Director, Mr Bob O’Connor, has kindly offer to pay for our Associate and Alumni teams!


"You can only do so much in a classroom," says Queensland University of Technology MBA Director Glen Murphy. "The more you use simulations, the more you use experiential exercises, that's really where people are going to be quite challenged but have the most potential to learn about themselves."

How many times have you been in a leadership situation and reflected that you do things differently? This unit genuinely puts you in a leadership role to allow you to genuinely identify and recognised your leadership practice. Grounded in practice and experimentation, this unit provides an opportunity for Associates to engage, execute and enhance their:

+ Leadership skills in logistics and planning in an emergent context
+ Awareness of self and others in complex situations
+ Capacity to adapt and learn through active reflection in a team context

Content Overview

The unit is comprised of four pieces of assessment that are supported by a series of individual blog reflections that Associates develop throughout the journey.

+ A1 Presentation (group)
+ A2 Theoretical essay (individual)
+ A3 Presentation (group)
+ A4 Reflective essay (individual)

A series of six fortnightly workshops have been designed and schedules

What you need to do?

Associates must have completed 48 Credit Points (with GSN497 Personal Leadership included) and be prepared to train for, and complete, the Brisbane Oxfam Trailwalker on Saturday 23 June 2018.

  1. Find three other Associates to make up your team of four and join the Facebook group to find a team or ask any questions
  2. Download the information sheet, lock the dates into your calendar
  3. Come along to our information night on Wednesday 24 January 2018 @ 6pm in the Executive Education Centre, Level 4

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