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International Business Leadership

International Business Leadership

This course equips students with leadership skills for international business environments. It uses an innovative teaching method that includes a custom-made leadership movie

Course description

Participants will develop their knowledge of leadership traits and skills, accompanied by in-depth practice of skills such as empathy, social effectiveness, influence, presentation skills, living with and thriving under paradox. They will become familiar with the application of various leadership styles in practice, with models of employee motivation, building and leading effective teams, the importance of context and culture in leadership, power and politics in organisations, practical approaches to networking, leading change, gender and ethics in leadership. They will become more aware of their own values and preferences, personality and character, and will acquire knowledge and tools for self-leadership including topics such as stress and burnout, the impostor phenomenon, psychological capital. They will internalise the sense making and storytelling not only as practical skills, but as leadership frameworks, and will ultimately build their own personal "leadership development movie".

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About this course

Course level

  • Master / Advanced

Course coordinator

  • Emilia Bunea


  • 3 ECTS

Contact hours

  • 45


  • English

Tuition fee

  • €735 - €1310

Additional course information

  • Learning objectives

    By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

    •  Have a clear understanding of leadership models and frameworks and how they connect to practice in corporations;
    • Have developed their social effectiveness, empathy, influencing, presentation and storytelling skills;
    • Have a heightened awareness of their identity as (emerging) leaders and of their own leadership journey;
    • Be better prepared to address practical leadership challenges in a corporate context.
  • About the course coordinator

    Dr. Emilia Bunea is a leadership researcher and educator, after a long top executive career in large corporations in Europe. She holds a PhD from Vrije Universiteit and is a CFA charter holder. Dr. Bunea's research focuses on serious leisure and its importance for leaders, and has been popularised in practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review, London Business School Review, Psychology Today. Her TED talk on why leaders should take their leisure seriously has received wide acclaim.

  • Preliminary course schedule

    Here you can find the preliminary syllabus for summer 2024 with more information and the timetable for the course. 

    *Please note that this is a preliminary syllabus and that it still might be subject to change.  

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