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EVN1014 Sustainable leadership

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

In today's ever changing reality, greater demands are placed on adaptability and the ability to change. In collaboration with Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and PwC, we are pleased to welcome you to this unique combination of adventure and opportunity, to increase your expertise in sustainable management. The course is based on the leadership role, and inspires and supports leaders and leadership talents in developing as sustainable leaders!

The course in sustainable leadership is part of Statsraad Lehmkuhl's circumnavigation One Ocean Expedition. The leg goes from Yokohama to Shanghai. During the crossing, the participants work as active participants in the crew on board, in combination with course activity. This combination of course and sailing offers unique experiences and relationships. Together you will experience handling challenges as they come, operate one of the largest and most sustainable sailing ships in the world and have a unique nature experience sailing one of the most beautiful oceans in the world.

The content of the course is based on relevant theory, which form the foundation for a broad understanding of sustainable management. For example, Hargreaves and Fink (2006)'s presentation of seven basic principles for sustainable management is included.

In the initial phases of the course, participants learn about what sustainable leadership is, and how this management philosophy has been understood in the literature. Then, the aim of the course is to allow participants to explore sustainable management "from the inside out"; The participants co-create an understanding of sustainable management - and what opportunities and challenges exist within this concept. What does sustainable management mean in my organization?

In collaboration with the other course participants and skilled instructors, the individual is challenged to further develop their leadership identity and leadership role in a sustainable perspective. Some examples of reflection could be questions such as:

  • In what way can I, as a leader, contribute to the constructive and sustainable development of the organization and its environment, locally and globally?
  • How can I as a leader contribute to the constructive development of my employees?
  • How am I perceived in the leadership role?
  • What challenges and opportunities can leadership in a sustainable, international and diverse setting bring about? How can I as a leader meet these in a good way?

Course timeline:

  • 05.09.22 - Digital workshop
  • 14.09.22 - Lectures and workshop in Yokohama/Tokyo. Participants embark Statsraad Lehkmhuhl for their first night on board
  • 15.09.22 - Statsraad Lehmkuhl sails from Yokohama
  • 24.09.22 - Arrival, Shanghai
  • 25.09.22 - Lectures and workshop in Shanghai
  • 26.09.22 - Conference in Shanghai with Top Executives

After the voyage, it will be possible to participate in an academic module (EVN1015) which, together with the course, gives 10 ECTs. Requirements for taking the exam are Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Examination fee for the module is not included in the course fee. For more information on the course, and complete information on what is included in the course fee, and registration, click here. You can also read more about the course on the website of Bergen Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Learning Outcome

The student has basic knowledge on what sustainable leadership is, and what distinguishes this leadership philosophy from other leadership philosophies, and leadership theories.

The student manages to use this knowledge. For example: The student can reflect on how the principles of sustainable leadership can be used in practice in their own organization. The student can discuss sustainable leadership with peers.

The student has a good understanding of their own role as a sustainable leader.

The student develops good understading of how communciation is a key skill in any leadership situation. The student knows how to use different strategies to improve their own communication skills.

Entry requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Recommended previous knowledge

The target group of the course is leaders and leader talents from academia, private sector and public sector

Teaching methods

Lectures, individual and group work, team exercises, reflection and discussion. Active participation in daily crew tasks during voyage.

Compulsory learning activities

Participation on voyage, and related activities


After the voyage, it will be possible to register for an exam which, together with the voyage, gives 10 ECTS. The requirements for taking the exam are Higher Education Entrance Qualification, as well as participation in the voyage.