ELE 3745 Leadership training, personal development and coaching


ELE 3745 Leadership training, personal development and coaching

Responsible for the course
Stig Ytterstad

Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

This course targets students who are interested in personal development and practical leadership training. The scientific foundation is within positive psychology, while coaching and mentoring represent the practical tools.

Learning outcome
The primary aim is to initiate a learning process leading to growth both as a leader and as a person.


  • The leader´s tool box
  • Insight into personal talents and signature strengths
  • Knowledge of positive psychology as a theoretical foundation
  • Understanding of the narrative approach to change
  • Practice emotional intelligence and cognitive empathy to understand other people
  • Practice coaching and mentoring to help other people achieve their goals
  • Build engagement, meaning and happiness through self-leadership and healthy goals
  • Give non-threatening feedback
  • Develop positive thinking, feelings and behavior, in order to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Ideas and dreams about the functioning of great leaders, teams and organizations
  • Altruism as basis for helping others. Help facilitate engagement and a meaningful life
  • Leadership and life itself as a learning process entailing a step-by-step process for the individual, the team and the organization
  • Desire to be a role-model of leadership

Basic knowlege of leadership and organizational life

Compulsory reading
Berg, Morten Emil og Ellen Ribe. 2013. Coaching : å hjelpe ledere og medarbeidere til å lykkes. 3. utg. Universitetsforlaget
Berg, Morten Emil. 2008. Ledelse : verktøy og virkemidler. 3. utg. Universitetsforlaget

Recommended reading
Rostron, Sunny Stout. 2014. Business coaching international : transforming individuals and organizations. 2nd ed. Karnac

Berg, Morten Emil. 2010. Coaching og jakten på identitet. Magma. nr. 2
Berg, M.E. 2011. Coaching : bro mellom teori og praksis. Psykologisk tidsskrift. nr. 3
Berg, M.E. and J. T. Karlsen. 2012. An evaluation of management training and coaching. Journal of Workplace Learning. 24 (3)

Course outline
Frame of reference
  • Positive psychology: Helping individuals, teams and organizations to" flourish"
  • Narrative approach: The story I tell about (and to) myself versus the story I wish to tell
  • Five levels of leadership. From self-leadership to ideological leadership
  • Leadership style and leadership role: From one dimentional leadership to multi-dimentional leadership

  • Identify and develop talents and signature-strengths. Bridging the gap between the Present Self and the Ideal Self.
  • Positive emotions. Joy. Optimism. Self-efficacy. Resilience. Mindfulness etc.
  • Stress and stress coping strategies. Stopping time-thieves. Self-discipline. Self-talk. Creativity. Courage
  • Personal efficiency. Time management. Learn to say no. Delegation. Empowerment of others
  • The rethorical process. Preparing for presentations/dialogue. Communication skills
Team leadership
  • SMART and healthy goals. Prioritation and focus.
  • Coaching. Asking powerful questions. Mentoring: Giving wise answers.
  • Motivation through self-leadership, engagement and meaning
  • Conflict and conflict management. Identification of power base
  • Praise and criticism. Giving and receiving feedback

Computer-based tools
None in particular

Learning process and workload
The course will normally be organized in 3 modules consisting of 2 days, 45 contact hours in total.

Teaching combines lectures, team work, cases, role plays and tests. Considerable effort will be put on creating a supportive and safe learning environment. Such an environment facilitates a high degree of involvement, performance and feedback. Students may present specific challenges and possibilities they are facing.

Recommended use of hours for students:
Teacher facilitation: Lectures. Case discussions. Tests. Training etc.
Practical work on leadership challenges, e.g. in student associations
Self reading
Collaboration, training and learning in colloques
Project assignment
Recommended number of hours

    The final exam is a project assigment.
    The project assignment can be written by one individual og or by max. three students. The assigment will be handed out during Module 1.
    Students may choose one out of three assignments:.
    A. Discussion of the student`s personal development by applying tools presented in the course.
    B.Taking on a challenge or solving a problem which the participant is facing in his/her role as leader.
    C. Have 5-12 coaching dialogues. Analysis of the dialogues.

    Examination code(s)
    ELE 37451 Project assignment counts 100% of final grade in ELE 3745 Leadership training, personal development and coaching, 7.5 credits

    Examination support materials
    All support material allowed

    Re-sit examination
    Possibility for re-sit exam at the next regular course

    Additional information