BIK 2904 Situational Leadership

BIK 2904 Situational Leadership

Course code: 
BIK 2904
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Geir Thompson
Course name in Norwegian: 
Situasjonsbestemt ledelse
Product category: 
Special Course
2017 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

Practical tools for you as leader
This is a very practical course depicting daily management of groups or small organizations. You are offered tools that you might try out immediately. As a leader you have to understand your followers and their situation, then you may choose a leadership style appropriate to the situation at hand, bearing in mind the development of your followers. The leader`s tool box is presented in detail. Much emphasis is given to creating a good atmosphere and good relations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Having completed the course, participants should

  1. See the pig picture of modern leadership
  2. Understand the meaning of emotional intelligence
  3. Have knowledge of leadership theories, i.e. Grid; situational leadership; self leadership and super leaderhip; transactional leadership and transformational leadership
  4. Have knowledge of the five levels of leadership: Ideological leadership; Strategic leadership; Admiistrative leadership; Operational leadership; Self leadership
  5. Have gained insight into the leader`s tool kit: Conflict management, feedback, etc.
Learning outcomes - Skills
  1. Deploy situational leaderhip in a job setting
  2. Use at least 10 practical tools from the leader`s tool kit
  3. Greater awareness of your own emotional intelligence and ability to use these skills in practice
  4. Identify, deploy and work on your own signature strengths as a leader
  5. Support and challenge followers so that they succeed
  6. Create your own plan for personal development as a leader


Learning Outcome - Reflection
  1. Altruistic attitude. Wanting to help followers and customers succeed
  2. Making a contribution so that followers can develop their signature strengths and live a meaningful life
  3. Reflecting on your personal signature strengths
  4. Possessing a constructive yet critical approach to theories and tools in leadership. Consciousness of both positive and negative consequences and implications of using such theories and
Course content

Perspectives on efficient leadership

  • What does the role imply?
  • Leadership on five levels
  • Me as a leader: Challenges and possibilities
  • Paradoxes and dilemmas facing leaders
  • Concern for followers and concern for tasks
  • Transactional leadership and tranformational leadership

Situational leaderhip

  • Various leadership styles: Telling; Coaching; Supporting; Delegating
  • Choosing leadership style according to followers` level of competency and commitment
  • Developing followers` competency
  • Evaluation and practical use of situational leadership. "Different strokes for different folks"

Leader`s tool kit

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Development of signature strengths
  • Goals. Delegation. Empowerment
  • Self leadership. Monitoring your own thoughts. Mental maps
  • "Strokes and punishment". Feedback. 360 feedback
  • Dialogue with followers. Coaching.
  • Time management
  • Flow
  • Handling the power aspect. Conflict management
  • Success criteria and pitfalls

Personal development plan

  • How might I develop as a leader?
Learning process and requirements to students

42 hours lectures, teamwork, etc. When arranged as an in-house course, there will be contributions from the organiszation itself. Assignments can be focused on the particular organization. Emphasis is put on creating a good and supporting learning environment. 

BI Netstudies 

When completing the course at BI netstudies , students access the netbased teaching platform Apollon and also participate at regular lectures. Relevant literature, exercises (also included assigments to be handed in), relevant cases as well as digital resources will be published on Apollon. Students may communicate with their net teacher and felllow students.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participants should have some insight into organizations and leadership and/or leadership experience.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BIK 29041
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Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100Yes5 Hour(s)
  • No support materials
Individual Five hours written examination.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • No support materials
Duration:5 Hour(s)
Comment: Five hours written examination.
Exam code:BIK 29041
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Ordinary examination
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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.