Excerpt from course description

Leadership Development


The previous modules have focused on different types of managerial knowledge that are required for optimal performance in international business organizations. The students should thus have become familiar with both basic and advanced perspectives on the several facets of the job of a versatile business leader.

In this final module, we will emphasize the importance of understanding leadership as a role. To perform satisfactorily in this role, the students will need to develop self-awareness and learn how to influence employees, co-workers, and other stakeholders toward a commitment to and cooperation toward business objectives. The module focuses on the fundamentals of leadership development - both intrapersonal and interpersonal. Additional emphasis is given to the cross-cultural aspects of leadership and to change management.

Course content

Theories of leadership with an emphasis on transformational leadership.
The issue of leadership effectiveness.
Cross-cultural leadership.
Theories of human personality, with an emphasis on the five-factor model.
Assessment of personality and leadership style.
Theories of perception, emotional intelligence, and change management.
Research on leadership training and coaching.
Training in selected leadership skills.

The course is heavily centered on case studies and interactive exercises. Active participation from the students is essential. 


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