BIK 3705 Transformational Leadership

BIK 3705 Transformational Leadership

Course code: 
BIK 3705
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Stig Ytterstad
Course name in Norwegian: 
Utviklende og motiverende lederskap
Product category: 
Special Course
2021 Autumn
Active status: 
To be discontinued
Level of study: 
Discontinued term: 
2020 Autumn
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

Massive research during the last decade has created a new leadership paradigm: Transformational leadership. Transformational leadership in many ways means change management. This is a type of leadership that focuses on totality, but with an eye for the individual employee at the same time. Research states that executing this leadership results in both more satisfied employees and better economic results for organizations. The course is built on solid scientific findings. The target group for the course will be leaders or other staff members who aspire to be leaders, in addition to those who want to be updated on new theory and practice within leadership development.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The participants shall achieve the basic theoretical insight in the central elements within transformational leadership, and get a more comprehensive understanding of this form of leadership.


Learning outcomes - Skills

The participants will be trained to develop skills within the essential topics in transformational leadership. Central learning goals in the course would be: to be a role model and be able to motivate the employees and create varied challenges.

General Competence

The course seeks to develop the participant’s awareness and understanding of the most central elements of this leadership paradigm.The course gives a higher competence in communicating a vision and how to develop a stronger relation to subordinates.

Course content

There will be exercises to develop leadership behaviour in following topics:

  • How to exert an idealistic influence
  • How to be a role model
  • Good decision making
  • Motivation development
  • How to inspire
  • How to create a good team spirit
  • Giving challenges
  • Independent work
  • Making creative solutions
  • Individual consideration
  • How to take care of the need of the individual
Teaching and learning activities

The course is based on 42 hours that will be a mix of overview lectures, discussions and exercises. The exercises play a central role in the development of skills within transformational leadership. The participants must therefore be active. The participants could take a leadership test (MLQ) on the course, with feedback. The course is organized in the form 2-day modules. The participants have access to a coach for a total of three hours to reach their goals. The cost for this is covered by the fee.


In all BI Executive courses and programs, there is a mutual requirement for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Kurset er den del av et forskningsprosjekt i transformasjonsledelse hvor empirien fra deltakterne i anonymisert form blir brukt til forskning. Deltakerene må opplyses om at deltakelse er frivillig. Fagansvarlig må gis beskjed om eventuelt hvilke deltakere som skal slettes fra forskningsprosjektet.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BIK 37051
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
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Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment: Jeg vil se om det går an å gjøre eksamen annerledes. Nåværende ordning er veldig rigid og ikke helt i tråd med hvordan jeg vil ha eksamen gjennomført.
Exam code: BIK 37051
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
45 Hour(s)
75 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
80 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.