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Course 2021-2022 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31 - 32

CLEF (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/10)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.) - 32 (I sem.)

Suggested background knowledge

Basic knowledge of Organizational Behavior. Although this is not a pre-requisite, please keep in mind that the course is taught exclusively in English; therefore complete fluency in English is required. During the course, the students are shown movies in English without subtitles, assigned academic readings in English and administered tests/exams for which dictionaries are not allowed.

Mission & Content Summary

The course Leadership Skills provides you with the opportunity to challenge yourself with setting up the pre-conditions for optimal performance to be achieved with and through the people you are working with. It improves your ability to build and manage constructive relationships and to get to high value added results managing not only your own, but also other people’s performance. The determinants of optimal performance, that is competence, motivation and positive psychological states, are explored with the aim of both improving your ability to engage yourself and the people you are working with and your effectiveness when managing problem/underperforming people. Leadership skills give you the opportunity to reflect and act upon change: change is one of the relevant dimensions of leadership and becoming a leader requires you to go through a personal and professional transition. Leadership skills gives you the resources needed to specifically manage the transition from Individual Contributor to Manager providing you with greater self-awareness and therefore increased effectiveness.

  • What is leadership? What are its value added and challenges?
  • The main theories of leadership: trait,  behaviors, situational approach, as well as new-age theories of leadership.
  • Influence and persuasion.
  • Corruption / Ethical leadership.
  • Creativity.
  • Designing and leading teams.
  • Power
  • Organizational culture and leadership in multicultural environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Know and understand leadership-specific terms.
  • Have an understanding of yourself as a person and as a leader in terms of personality traits, leadership capacity, and proclivity to biases that dampen leadership potential.
  • Know best practices for acting and leading in different situations (conditional on a variety of factors).
  • Know how to manage people in a multicultural and dynamic environment.
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Choose the most appropriate leadership style given the situation.
  • Be persuasive in your communications with people with whom you are working.
  • Stimulate creative work among people with whom you are working.
  • Draw on benefits and overcome challenges associated with teamwork.
  • Develop sensitivity to different cultures.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)

Weekly lectures are supplemented with engaging slides, example videos, class activities, and group project assignements. 

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  •     x

    75% of the grade: 3 multiple choice tests (2 interim tests and 2 final exam) throughout the semester. The students get the option to drop 1 interim test with the lowest score. All tests are aimed at testing students' understanding of concepts taught in the course as well as their practical application.

    25% of the grade: group presentation. The group presentation will give students the chance to delve deeper into a leadership topic and practice their written and presentation skills.


    Students have to earn a minimum grade of 18/30 to pass the course.



    100% of the grade: final exam at the end of the course that rely on multiple choice and open questions, based on the following course material:

    Northouse, P. G. (2021 – 9th edition). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.

    Students have to earn a minimum grade of 18/30 to pass the course.

    Teaching materials

    Slides and material uploaded on BBoard


    Northouse, P. G. (2021 – 9th edition). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.


    Last change 03/08/2021 18:53