Leadership Skills

1Course Date: 16.7. - 27.7.

This course will examine leadership, cooperation, and conflict. The purpose of this course is to enable students to prepare themselves to become leaders of organizations and to embark on paths of personal leadership development. The course is placed on understanding the key dynamics that influence the way that decision makers perceive and respond to crises.

Course Fee: 650€

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Category: B Business & Professional Development

Course description


Thierry Tartarin, MeD

International Business School of Saxion University of Applied Sciences


Thierry Tartarin, MeD is presently a Senior Lecturer at the International Business School of Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer. Saxion is the third largest University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands with 14 academies and over 27000 students divided over four locations.

Mr Tartarin has made a transition to the education sector from the commercial world 13 years ago following a successful career in the trade fairs industry in England, Turkey and The Netherlands. One of his last position was of Managing Director of the Turkish office of VNU Exhibitions in Istanbul where he was responsible for the Eurasian expansion of the company.

Due to his extensive international business experience, cultural and language skills Mr Tartarin is able to lecture a vast range of International Business related subjects including marketing, sustainable business and personal development. He is presently actively involved in educational research in the subject of curriculum co-creation with students and currently developing international CSR orientated research projects with China and India.

Recently Mr Tartarin has been actively contributing to the update of the International Business Management Study (IBMS) program to build a "Conscious Business" orientated curriculum. Over the years Mr Tartarin has coordinated the Personal development program of the Bachelor of Business Administration(BBA) under which his "Leadership practice" course is highly rated by students for its introspective quality. "My goal is reached when I read from the student's reflection that their views over leadership has changed and that this awareness will impact the rest of their lives"

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An active approach to leadership

Leadership cannot be taught from a book! you have to experience it and confront your own perspective with those of others. The journey starts with a awareness and there the theoretical context help build up a picture of what leadership is. Then is for you to practice!

That is the reason that we shall look at leadership from different perspectives depending on the context. Once the foundation is laid we can start practicing what we preach and confront the reality of our own leadership skills. During the course you will receive daily feedback from the tutor to unleash and develop your leadership skills. Through this continuous process, we are convinced that you will achieve great results which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Leadership in context

Through evaluating Leadership from different levels we can start to widen our understanding and deepen our knowledge.

Macro level of leadership

The way we lead is mostly determined by our culture or the culture of the country where we live or have lived. A Chinese leader will approach his personal leadership in a completely different way than a leader from a Western European country. So will people that undergo leadership from different countries perceive this leadership also from a diverse perspective.

What are the fundamentals of multicultural leadership and how to manage diversity?

Meso level of leadership

The industry you are working in will also have very distinctive leadership markers. Leaders within the banking industry will emphasize on different standards and values then representative leaders from education or health care. According to the strategic schools of thought (Mintzberg) we will try to find out to what extend each industry requires different leadership styles or not.

What are the main leadership components per industry?

Micro level of leadership

It is clear (but not for everyone) that dominant organization cultures direct the way leaders act within these organizations. Even within one organization often per department, you can see different patterns of leadership emerging. "Sales department" versus "Human resource department", "finance" versus "operations" etc. These patterns are not fixed. Developments within and outside the organization require a flexible attitude towards leadership and leadership styles. According to the theory of Greiner’ s Growth Model, crisis management and Knowledge Management models we shall discuss the impact of change on leadership and leadership styles.

How to build a flexible response to internal leadership challenges you might face?

Nano level of leadership.

You are at the centre of this leadership skills course. The study time is meant to eventually answer these questions:

Am I a leader?, What kind of leader can I be? and why? How can I develop into a leader? What is needed to achieve this?

Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 14:00

Credits: You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.


Expected learning outcomes

  • Being able to explain key leadership theories (know)
  • Understanding of your present leadership potential (knows how)
  • Reflective capacity in practice (shows how)
  • Leadership practicum in real situation (does)

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English level B1-B2.
Course outline

The leadership skills course will develop your skills and awareness every day of the course. Every session will be half practical and half theoretical (no time to get bored!).You will be required to write a short reflection piece every day from which you will receive written feedback from your tutor.

Week 1

Day Subject / activity Homework
Monday Who am I and who are you? Nice to meet you! Mutual interviews of course members. Mintzberg’s schools of thought Who is your favourite leader? Do the Belbin test. If already done recently (1 or 2 years ago) bring the results with you. Read the book Mintzberg Strategy Safari Select your favourite leader (could be anyone) and argue why.
Tuesday Leadership from a historic perspective, leadership styles and theory on leadership Write a paper (about 500 words) on your own experiences with leadership (active and / or passive)
Wednesday Mintzberg: strategic schools of thought and leadership styles Present the school you have picked or you were assigned to. In addition, answer the question: what does the school of thought has to do with leadership?
Thursday Global citizenship: and the seven stages of multiculturalism The multicultural leader Practice: what are your values? Active listening Do the Cultural Sensitivity Test: http://cda.uams.edu/cmte/diversity-inclusion/test-your-cultural-sensitivity/
Friday Diversity wheel Practice: design a diversity charter and a code of conduct for your organisation. Read: https://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html (6 dimensions)

Week 2

Day Subject / activity Homework
Monday Company cultures. Shareholders versus stakeholders Unilever versus Kraft or AKZO-Nobel versus PPH. What should you do? Instruction on the case study Write a reflection on the previous week. Make groups (3 to 4 persons) for group work. Read: http://geerthofstede.com/culture-geert-hofstede-gert-jan-hofstede/6d-model-organizational-culture/
Tuesday Decision making: case study: what shall we do with Glove girl? Read the Blogger case and http://www.umassd.edu/fycm/decisionmaking/process/
Wednesday Ethical leadership What leadership style fits to me? Make your ethical leadership profile http://www.yourleadershiplegacy.com/assessment/assessment.php
Thursday Effective communication in a global and digital world. Crisis management Work on your case study
Friday Present, by using infographics your group work on the case

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

  1. Attendance in class 25%
  2. Team assignment 25%
  3. Individual assignment 50% (portfolio + self-reflection)
Course time total 125 hours:
  1. Total time of in-class work = 50 hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10 hours
  3. Preparation = 65 hours

The student is eligible to receive 3 ECTS (possible to receive and an extra 2 credits under conditions)

Literature (compulsory):
  1. Practicing Leadership Principles and Applications 4th edition (Kindle) ISBN-13: 978-0470086988
  2. https://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html (6 dimensions)
  3. http://geerthofstede.com/culture-geert-hofstede-gert-jan-hofstede/6d-model-organizational-culture/
  4. http://mio-ecsde.org/protarea/Annex_4_3_values_lists.pdf
  5. http://www.umassd.edu/fycm/decisionmaking/process/
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