Leadership

Academic Program: 
Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
2.0
Course Description: 

This course will be made up the following elements:

A) A series of workshop session focusing on your personal current leadership approach and style. You will explore your current way of dealing with challenges and how you interact with others, superiors, colleagues and subordinates. Based on this analysis we will ask you to explore directions of personal growth and development supported by group ­level and individual discussions on guided topics. These group discussions will focus on the essential ingredients to turn into a more successful manager, aware of areas of potential future coaching and overall direction of personal growth of you as the future leader.

B) A workshop series to develop your overall leadership framework and personal motivational and leadership tool box: You will be asked to develop you own, customized leadership framework to lead your current/future direct subordinates including a performance measurement and motivational system, ideally with your resources available at your own department.

C) An interactive on­line simulation aimed at developing your personal leadership competencies. You will accomplish the prize­winning FLIGBY simulation based on the FLOW theory, psychology applied to business context.

Preparing for leading others and organizational changes is one of the most essential sources of competitive advantage for business organizations. Renewing operational structure and organizational culture is an intricate managerial challenge, which requires good personal and interpersonal abilities and shared experience in effective motivation. The aim of this course is to introduce participants the main elements of the leadership development and lay the foundation for future for a more faceted view on contemporary leadership concepts, dilemmas and possible solutions.

Learning Outcomes: 

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Effective participation in e­based discussion forum (professional peer blogging)

Enhanced argumentation skills through non­synchronous media

Increased emotional sensibility for e­-based collaboration platforms

Technology skills Enhanced e­learning skills (this is one of the essential skills to be gained in this course)

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity

Increased sensitivity for cultural differences in change management

Quantitative Reasoning Enhanced skills to select relevant company data and to apply to

issues related to change management – given a simulated restaurant

Ethics and Social Responsibility

Increased sensitivity to critical issues arising in the context of taking “difficult” change management situations

Management Knowledge and Skills

Understanding the basic concepts of change management

Applying several of these concepts at a simulated organizational setting

Analyzing, selecting and outlining action steps to induce strategic change.

 

Assessment: 

a) Participation during all class sessions: 30%

b) Personal Applied Learning Blog (for orientation see the guideline below): 50%

c) Completing all FLIGBY simulation scenes as specified (not too early and not late) and completing all requested tasks and feedback reports 20%

NOTE: All course grading elements/channels must be completed. Missing any will results in considerable grade reduction.

ad b) All participants have to prepare after each sessions their personal Applied Learning Blog, which in several paragraphs describes their reflections on the previous class. These personal reflections must begin with the personal developmental directions as leader, which the student has set for him/herself at the beginning of this course. Please write this down in a very detailed and explicit manner. In these after­class reflections they summarize for themselves the key learning points and concepts, personal thoughts about the class session (focusing on leadership aspects). Furthermore these reflections should relate to the organizational realities and possibilities of their past, current or future envisaged place of employment. They can also include elements of the learners’ annual personal development plan.

The blogs have to be completed not later than 5 days after last session. 

Prerequisites: 

Organizational Behavior and HR Management course