FSK-8003 Leadership skills: why and how

Updated 5 May 2017

Leaders comes in different shadings, from excellent to ruthless or even scary. Leadership is not an exact science, and how the task is solved depends on the situation, time and the employees. What is a good leader and what kind of leader could you become?

The schedule for 2017 is close to be finalised, and the following speakers will share their leadership philosophy:

Per-Mathias Høgmo (former manager of the Norwegian national football team) (cancelled!)
Jarle Aarbakke (former UiT Rector and former Mayor of Tromsø)
Kenneth Ruud (Prorector for research at UiT)
Anne Berit Figenschau (20 years of top management/CEO experience)
Nils Kristian Sørhaug Nilsen (Director of Troms Chamber of Commerce)
Rolf-Harald Haugen (former special forces officer in the Norwegian Army)
Catharina Roos Bilsbak (Programme Director, Arctic Philharmonic)

Prework:
Relevant papers (syllabus) available on Fronter, under Archive -> Lecture pland and Syllabus -> Syllabus. Please familiarise yourself with the papers in advance.

Four course days (8–11 May 2017)
FSK-8003 Leadership skills combine theory with personal experiences and practical exercises. In the two first days, leaders from academia, politics, sports, armed forces and business are invited to talk about their leadership style, and there will be background theory given by Rudi Kirkhaug. Nordnorsk lederutvikling by Alexander Barry will have one day workshop Wed 10 May, where you reflect on your own leadership style with the following topics:

  1. ”A good leader”
    What are the characteristics of a good leader? What makes a good leader. What can experience and research tell us about good leadership?
  2. How personality type influence leadership style
    We will be putting personality preferences to work and learn about how personality type influence leadership style. This is a practical session and you will be expected to complete a personality indicator (MAP Type) in advance. We review the theory as well as raise awareness and understanding of personality type
  3. Practical application of personality type
    This is a will be a practical session where we will discuss how you can leverage your leadership style to deliver better outcomes in teams
  4. My leadership platform
    You may not be a leader yet, but when you become a leader, what is going to be your leadership platform? We tackle this big question head on. Prepare to challenge your beliefs and map out your own story
  5. Concluding comments on leadership

The last day is dedicated to the subject ‘Project leadership’, where Heidi Johansen (project leader of Tromsøundersøkelsen) will share her experiences and Svein Arne R. Pedersen will lead small exercises related to project leadership.

Lectures will be held in the NFH building(LAud E-102), and workshops in the TEO5 buidling (5.402). Follow the directions posted on the walls etc.

Exam
Write an essay of approximately 2000 words (1,5 line spacing; Times New Roman, font size 12). Make your own title and choose between 3 questions:

Option 1) Write an essay arguing: What, if any, differences are there between leading scientists and non-scientists?

Option 2) Write an essay arguing: Does leadership matter?

Option 3) Write an essay arguing: What makes a good leader?