Czech Republic, Prague

Sustainable leadership, 100 solutions for the world

when 15 July 2019 - 26 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 650

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.

Leadership is not universal by definition. The way we lead and manage depends heavily from who we are, from what country we are coming from, the way we were educated and raised up by our parents, in what firm or industry we work and so on. In fact, leadership behaviour can be broken down in several levels.

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 on a 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. Multicultural leadership and managing diversity is here the leading subject.

Meso level of leadership
The industry you are working for is also a determiner for leadership behaviour. 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.

Micro level of leadership
It is clear (but not for everyone) that dominant firm cultures direct the way leaders act within such firms. Even within one firm, in many cases per department, you will see different patterns of leadership. Sales versus Human resource management, finance versus operations etc. These patterns are not eternal. Developments within and outside the firm 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 will discuss the impact of change on leadership and leadership styles.

Nano level of leadership.
You are Central questions are in this part: Who am I, am I a leader, what kind of leader I wish to become and what skills do I need for that? The principles of ethical leadership will be the guideline for discussing your personal leadership.

Course leader

Thierry Tartarin, MeD; Senior Lecturer at the International Business School of Saxion University.
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

Target group

Young professionals and university students with intermediary level of English

Course aim

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)


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.

Day 1: 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?

Day 2: Leadership from a historic perspective, leadership styles and theory on leadership.

Day 3: Mintzberg: strategic schools of thought and leadership styles.

Day 4: Global citizenship: and the seven stages of multiculturalism The multicultural leader Practice: what are your values? Active listening.

Day 5: Diversity wheel Practice: design a diversity charter and a code of conduct for your organisation.

Day 6: Company cultures. Shareholders versus stakeholders Unilever versus Kraft or AKZO-Nobel versus PPH. What should you do? Instruction on the case study.

Day 7: Decision making: case study: what shall we do with Glove girl?

Day 8: Ethical leadership What leadership style fits to me?

Day 9: Effective communication in a global and digital world. Crisis management.

Day 10: Present, by using infographics your group work on the case.

Credits info

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.

Fee info

EUR 650: All courses take place in a new building of French Institute right in the center of Prague.
EUR 208: Accommodation fee for a 13-night stay at Botic Student House starts at 16 EUR/night.

Everyday afternoon or evening activities organized - sports, weekend trips, city tours, sightseeings, parties etc.

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