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Course 2020-2021 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Insegnamento riservato agli studenti CEMS

Go to class group/s: 31

IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Mission & Content Summary

Global Leadership aims at supporting participants in gaining a thorough and deep understanding of key leadership concepts and in developing the skills meant to enable them in achieving optimal performance with a through people, in global, volatile, uncertain and ambiguous environments. The globalization of businesses and the urgent call for sustainability, pose both the challenge of leading effectively in cross-cultural environments and responsibly, making complex and high-impact decisions with integrity, a systemic outlook and foresight. Overall the course wants to be a valuable resource for finding one’s own way to leadership and for increasing personal impact through the development of personal (cognitive and emotional), interpersonal and team leadership competences. Following up with the overall aim of the CEMS Community of promoting global and responsible citizenship, all activities will be carried out with particular emphasis placed upon the following values: -the pursuit of excellence with high standards of performance and ethical conduct -understanding and drawing upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy -professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society as a whole” Cems Mission statement (


Global Leadership will explore the most relevant concepts of leadership. The goal is to support the development of both knowledge to better frame the emerging issues, and competence to solve concrete leadership problems

The main contents that will be brought to the attention of the participants are:

  • Setting the Stage that is defining leadership, its dynamics and personal and interpersonal challenges
  • Self-awareness for Leadership Development: motives, values, Character Strengths
  • Leading self for impact: Emotional Agility, stress/energy management, cognitive styles and decision making biases, the assertive option for positive and constructive behavior
  • Leading others: building and managing teams in face-to-face and virtual settings, leveraging on inter-individual differences both personal and cultural, engaging people for optimal performance.
  • Two are the main assumptions on which the course is being designed.
  • The first, leaders who focus on bringing out the best in themselves and in people in the context in which they operate, can transform the way their organizations functions achieving great results in a sustainable way.
  • The second one, leadership competencies are built upon self-awareness and self-leadership abilities. This is the reason why participants are provided with opportunities to reflect on themselves and on their interpersonal styles both through self-assessment, class discussions and peer coaching session.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Know and understand leadership-specific terms.
  • Know yourself (personality, values, motives, cognitive styles, interpersonal behaviors and proclivity to biases that may dampen leadership potential) to find your personal way to leadership
  • Reflect upon the best practices for acting and leading in different global, face to face and virtual situations.
  • Train yourself in acting out effective leadership behaviors
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Choose the most appropriate leadership style given the situation
  • Manage yourself (emotions, stress level, cognitive and interpersonal styles)
  • Manage interpersonal relationships in a constructive and positive way enhancing the potential and competence of every person involved
  • Build credibility and trust in interpersonal settings.
  • Craft high impact communication styles (one on one and one to many)
  • Develop sensitivity to different cultures.
  • Draw on benefits and overcome challenges associated with teamwork
  • Enable best performance in global and challenging situations for sustainability and growth

Teaching methods

Leadership is very much “common sense but not so often common practice”. And more than anything else, leadership is not only common sense benefiting from the knowledge and practice of robust theories and models that enable more effective action.


Overall the course has been designed to enable learning from experience and therefore spaces are created during the sessions for learning through action, observation and reflection.


  • Self-assessment tools will be used to enable increased self-awareness.
  • Individual and team assignments are meant to activate the Action-Observation-Reflection cycle that enable learning from experience
  • Case studies, Critical incidents will be used to create a safe context for experimentation and learning from experience.

Assessment methods
  • Small Group Assignment (60%): it represents a fundamental component of the learning process according to the mission and goals of the course. The small group assignment is in fact an opportunity to deepen the understanding of one of the most up to date emerging issues in leadership and to practice one’s leadership skills within a team that is by nature global. The rigour and appropriate application of tools and concepts discussed during the course will be evaluated together with the overall effectiveness of the presentation of the main concepts and implication.


  • Individual Assignment/Personal Reflection Paper (40%): during the course participants have the opportunity to learn about themselves and about interpersonal relationships with respect to global leadership and teamwork. The Individual Assignment/Personal Reflection paper is meant as an opportunity to reflect upon the learning process describing it’s dynamics and main outcomes. Participants will in fact be act to write a document with their reflections on their personal leadership development process by referring to course contents and adding their own considerations.



Written exam (multiple choice and open ended questions) meant to verify the acquisition and the ability to effectively represent and discuss the main concepts about leading in global environment and described in the teaching materials.

Teaching materials
  • Slides uploaded on BBoard
  • Material provided by external guests and available on BBoard
  • Personal notes
  • Hughes, Ginnet, Curphy, Leadership. Enhancing Lessons from Experience, McGrawHill 2019
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