GRA 8159 Leadership (2023/2024)

GRA 8159 Leadership (2023/2024)

Course code: 
GRA 8159
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Per-Magnus Thompson
Course name in Norwegian: 
Leadership (2023/2024)
Product category: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

The concept of “leadership” emerged to enrich the idea of a “manager” as an organizational engineer. Surrounded by hypes and myths, the leadership concept has remained a globally popular concept to describe the role and performance of business executives and public administrators on all levels. The reason for this is the necessity to safeguard the life of organizations as real social entities in contrast with their abstract existence as planned realities in the form of budgets and strategic documents. The purpose of this course is to let the students understand various ways of understanding their leadership roles, how to fill the roles and how to make use of the available knowledge about leadership to improve their performance and survive their job demands.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students will through the course receive guidance in creating their own, practically applicable model of leadership. This will be done by that the students receive knowledge about leading oneself as a leader, leading others, strategic thinking, and managing change. Leadership is a function of all these elements taken together and these elements together influence the organization’s results.

Learning outcomes - Skills

During the course the students should become more self aware about their own leadership by clarifying their personal leadership model. Further, they should develop skills in influencing others and in strategic thinking.

General Competence

You are never the perfect leader. Therefore the leadership course emphasizes developing the students’ aptitudes of the importance of becoming reflective leadership practitioners, i.e. developing the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning in order to improve and develop your leadership.

Course content
  • The basic roles of management and leadership
  • Personality and skills as talents and pitfalls
  • The dark side of leadership
  • The leader-follower relationship
  • From Great man theory to post-heroic leadership
  • Leading oneself, followers, and teams
Teaching and learning activities

Students will from start to end reflect on their own ways of leading. This is to identify important challenges in their aspirations to improve performance and cultivate their capabilities to assume roles on higher levels. The students will be challenged to identify the role requirements of leadership in their own surroundings, and to improve their self-awareness in evaluating their own performance. The leadership course is linked to the “Personal Development Programme" which provides the students with personal sessions with a faculty and individual mentoring. 

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. 

The leadership course is designed as a combination of lectures, team presentations, exercises, and reflective discussions based on your own leadership experiences. The course requires substantial preparation (e.g., greoup presentation) and active participation in class.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, 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.

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 81592
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No4 Week(s)Individual Individual written assignment, counts 100% of the final grade.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:4 Week(s)
Comment:Individual written assignment, counts 100% of the final grade.
Exam code:GRA 81592
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.