spring 2016
FSK-8003 Leadership skills - preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks - 2 ECTS

Last changed 07.04.2017

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: 1 April.
Application deadline for external applicants: 1 March.

Type of course


Admission requirements

Prerequisites: none
The course is open for candidates with a documented admission to a PhD program at all faculties at UiT- The Arctic University of Norway. PhD-candidates from other institutions are also welcome

Course responsible and contact person is Arve Lynghammar (arve.lynghammar@uit.no).
Maximum number of participants: 20.

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb: Studentweb

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb: Søknadsweb

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen (Ingjerd.nilsen@uit.no) at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

Most PhD students have little leadership experience and most lack leadership training or formal education to show for on their CV. Furthermore, few PhD-students are aware of their personal skills and leadership potential, or how to develop these. Despite these facts, many jobs available to candidates with PhD degrees, both outside and within academia, include leadership tasks such as project management, team leadership and supervision.
This course aims to prepare PhD students to take on leadership tasks once their degrees are completed. This will be achieved through introducing different leadership concepts and raising the PhD students` awareness of the value of leadership and how leadership takes many forms.
The second main objective is to make the PhD students reflect upon their own problem solving style and the associated advantages and disadvantages.

Objectives of the course


  • Be able to describe the contents of different theories on leadership
  • Be able to explain the range of leadership skills needed in order to practice good leadership
  • Be able to describe different problem-solving styles and their associated benefits and disadvantages


  • Use achieved knowledge as analytical tools to formulate, structure and discuss aspects of leadership
  • Be able to transfer knowledge of leadership and leadership skills to practical use
  • Be able to reflect upon own leadership skills and take steps to further ones development

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures by experienced leaders and one practical seminar. The course will be held in May or April (to be announced at www.highnorthacademy.com)-


In order to meet the objectives of the course, each participant will be required to write a short essay. In order to pass the exam, each student will have to provide:

  • Pre-course work according to instructions provided once you have been accepted as a participant.
  • Participation on all lectures and the seminar.
  • Short written essay, the subject of which will be given by the end of the course.

Grading: passed/not passed

Recommended reading/syllabus

  • Baack, Jane, Norma Carr-Ruffino, and Monique Pelletier. "Making It to the Top: Specific Leadership Skills: A Comparison of Male and Female Perceptions of Skills Needed by Women and Men Managers." Librarian Career Development2.1 (1994): 16-22.
  • Cacioppe, Ron, and Simon Albrecht. "Using 3608 feedback and the integral model to develop leadership and management skills." Leadership & Organization Development Journal 21.8 (2000): 390-404
  • Hautala, Tiina M. "The relationship between personality and transformational leadership." Journal of Management Development 25.8 (2006): 777-794.
  • Russell, Roy G., and Rhonda Mizrahi. "Development of a situational model for transformational leadership." Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies2.3 (1995): 154-163.
  • Shelley, Arthur (2011) "Project-Oriented Leadership", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 4 Iss: 2, pp.355 ¿ 356
    Smith, John K., and Joseph Blase. "From empiricism to hermeneutics: Educational leadership as a practical and moral activity." Journal of Educational Administration 29.1 (1991).
  • Smothers, Jack, et al. "From the follower¿s viewpoint: a configurational approach to the ideal academic leader." Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 18.3 (2011): 293-307.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 2
  • Course code: FSK-8003