ENT 3504 Leadership Skills for Entrepreneurs

ENT 3504 Leadership Skills for Entrepreneurs

Course code: 
ENT 3504
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Silje Katinka Jansen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Entreprenøren som leder
Product category: 
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship - Programme Courses
2020 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

In this course, the students will identify who they are as an individual, leader and entrepreneur. The course will give the students a theoretical and practical overview of the field of entrepreneurial leadership through theoretical tools, exercises in class and through practical work with their own company.

In the course, the students will reflect on their own path choices and further direction for themselves and the company. There is a requirement to set and work towards specific goals. We go deeper into topics such as motivation, self-leadership, communication, and collaboration. 

Throughout the semester, the students will optimize the diverse perspectives and skills at their disposal and work collaboratively to accomplish organizations goals in a changing environment through active learning and reflection.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Throughout the course, students will: 

  • Learn about motivation, values and personality 
  • Gain knowledge about self-leadership and emotions 
  • Learn about communication, active listening and different coaching methodologies
  • Acquire knowledge about leadership, teamwork and collaboration
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course, students should: 

  • Have insight into their own personality, values and ability to lead themselves 
  • Be able to lead and guide teams and start-ups according to given plans and towards specific goals 
  • Be able to collaborate and create motivation in teams, have dialogue internally in groups and externally with external parties 
  • Develop own intellect by presenting and analyzing academic knowledge and themselves  
General Competence

Students will develop an understanding of their own values and motivation through the development of their own company and coaching of other entrepreneurs. They should be able to reflect on their own behavior, be aware of their own and others' feelings, and be able to lead themselves. The students will gain insight into the complexity of leadership and collaborate in the teams, and thus will be able to make an independent choice for further direction as entrepreneurs. 

Course content
  • Values, personality and motivation 
  • Self-leadership and emotions 
  • Communication, active listening and coaching methodologies 
  • Team, collaboration and leadership 
  • Practical work with their own company 
  • Reflection tools 
Teaching and learning activities

The course is completed with 36 hours of lectures and group discussions: 

  • Kick-off: Joint gathering 
  • Creative workshops 
  • Thematic lectures 
  • Midway joint gathering 
  • Group meetings 
  • Closing joint meeting with preparation of essay and "TED-TALK" 

The course will use a combination of lectures, group discussions and other student activities. The teacher will facilitate for a high level of interactivity, through group work and reflection. Through exchanges between lectures, discussions, and practical experiences, the students will get a vivid picture regarding the process of entrepreneurial leadership.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

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

Kurset bygger på kunnskaper som det forventes at studenten har ervervet i de foregående semestre i studiet.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredComment coursework
Mandatory 3 3
Mandatory coursework:
Mandatory coursework:Mandatory
Courseworks given: 3
Courseworks required: 3
Comment coursework:
Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ENT 35041
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Examination when next scheduled course
50No 1 Semester(s)Individual -
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Oral examination
Exam code:
ENT 35042
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
50No20 Minute(s)Individual -
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment: -
Exam code: ENT 35041
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Oral examination
Weight: 50
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:20 Minute(s)
Comment: -
Exam code: ENT 35042
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Company visit and/or Study trip
10 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
154 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.