PhD Course in Authentic Leadership

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, Finland

May 3-7, 2021



Course website



How come some leaders are followed, whilst others are not? What does it take to be a great leader? The purpose of the PhD course in ‘Authentic Leadership’ is to contribute to PhD training through discovering as well as nurturing and developing leadership authenticity skills among PhD researchers. The course will provide PhD researchers with theoretical and conceptual understanding of the concept of Authentic Leadership as well as train students in critical reflection and application of authentic leadership in different contexts.

Learning objectives

The PhD course is a practical course, not a textbook course on leadership authenticity. PhD researchers have the possibility to network with others on an international level. Giving the leadership authenticity concept an empirical value, this PhD course will educate researchers on how to be true to one-self and to open up career choices and potential.


We target PhD students who are in their first eighteen - twenty-four months of the doctoral programme; students in their later stage of their studies are welcome also to apply. We accept max 25 students.




The course will be offered online and be based on the principle of complex problem solving, bringing in real life problems, to which the students find solutions. The course contains lectures, simulations, PBL-oriented workshops, problem-solving and reflection exercises. Blended learning and online tools will be utilized.



March 15th, 2021 - Submission of application essay

March 19th, 2021 - Feedback and acceptance letter

March 31st, 2021: Registration & payment of fee