Leadership is considered crucial for organizational performance and development, and for organizational health. What does research say about this, what does it know about this? We will try to distinguish “hard facts”, from half-truths and utter non-sense, and glimpse behind the scenes of leadership rhetoric and leadership BS. The overall aim of this course is to help and inspire students to mutually reflect on and enhance their understanding and appreciation of both good and perhaps necessary leadership behaviors, strategic leadership, strategy as organization and the role of context in leadership.

This is an advanced level course and it is expected that participating students have basic knowledge about Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. This course is the first in the People Management-track in Management and Organization, which consists of the following courses: 1) Leadership, 2) Gender, Management and Organisation, 3) Strategic International Human Resource Management and 4) Personnel Assessment.