Leadership in action


Uncertainty on the markets and the pressure to get results, the growing impact of technology and of new ways of working, the difficulty to motivate and to make people with different backgrounds, culture and age cooperate, force us to reflect on what it means today to use one’s leadership  in an organization or even whether it’s still possible to play the role of the leader.

In reality, it’s precisely in difficult situations that leadership becomes essential, it’s when there are no safe answers that one can make the difference with people by being an example, setting up a shared meaning and identifying ambitious challenges. Clearly, when complexity increases nothing can be left to chance: we need to have a clear idea of “how people work”, starting from ourselves and our leading style, training the relevant skills for a leader, to improve team work and innovation at the workplace.

The course, with a mix of assessmentse-learning activities, classroom lectures, exercisesproject work, and coaching is designed to foster testing the acquired concepts; indeed practice supports learning and it guarantees having an impact on one’s people.

The course is intended for those professionals who manage people or for those who are about to start in such a position and it includes four modules (one basic and three advanced): leadership  fundamentals (optional for those who, for example, have already attended Leadership courses or an MBA), the critical  skills for a leader today,  team management for innovation and change making. The course ends with a project work and a day of presentations to share experiences among participants.

The course, thanks to the varied mix of teaching methods, is therefore suitable for those who wish to analyze more in depth the leadership concepts, using the most modern and cutting-hedge contributions, and also for those wishing to find a support in the practical implementation.

Massimiliano Ghini

Massimiliano Ghini

Director of Education

" "Do you want to lead a group? You dream of having your own team? The course is designed to learn how to manage people or for those who are about to take on this position. A mix of teaching methods allowing you to delve deeper into leadership concepts with the most modern and cutting-hedge contributions". "


The course lasts 6 months and includes a mix of assessment, e-learning, classroom, exercises, project work, coaching.

The dates of the lessons of the Leadership II course are: (last places available)

31 January-1 February 2020
28-29 February  2020
3-4 April 2020
15-16 May 2020
12-13 June 2020

The dates of the lessons of the Leadership II and BIS course are:

6-7 March 2020
17-18 April 2020
22-23 May 2020
19-20 June , 2020
17-18 July 2020

The modules are structured as follows:

Leadership Fundamentals *
optional for those who have already taken Leadership courses
Critical Leadership Skills
Team Impact
Change Making

Online activities are scheduled from December 2019.


The module aims at explaining the leadership fundamentals, the essential concepts and models to manage collaborators.

  • How people work
  • The difference between leadership style and leadership
  • People’s motivation
  • The development of collaborators

*optional for those who have already attended courses on leadership

Self-reflection – defining the personal target and filling in of individual assessment

The module aims at supporting participants in understanding and developing the critical skills to exercise leadership in a complex world.

  • Thinking differently: creativity and the ability to see what the others don’t.
  • Decision making in uncertain times
  • Managing conflict and feedback in highly emotional environments
  • Vision and entrepreneurship

Coaching 1:1 – discussion of the individual assessment on the leadership skills

Leading a team to innovation, dealing with and solving problems is one of the tasks of today’s leader. By integrating different disciplines, it’s possible to create a complete toolset to improve collaboration.

  • The main team dynamics affecting results
  • The leader as group facilitator
  • The method of design thinking as process to manage teams
  • Team practice

Coaching 1:1 - full-spectrum discussion of a leadership or team assessment

Understanding and affecting reality around us is the true challenge we need to face. The module will deal with the main topics that could allow us to change the paradigm in managing people.

  • Generations at work
  • Sustainability in people management
  • Anticipating futures and forecasts
  • Change in action, the map of change

  • Identification of individual project work
  • Follow up – 1 day of discussion and presentation of the project work

Learning method

The course lasts 6 months and includes a mix of assessment, e-learning, classroom, exercises, project work, coaching.


Networking takes place between students in the same class, between participants and lecturers, and with students from other courses or previous editions of the same program.


Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the various activities that make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network participate in project work and master classes; they actively contribute to introducing guest speakers and organizing company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: they sponsor various scholarships, host internships for students and provide professional opportunities for graduates. The partner companies of Bologna Business School are:

Aeroporto G. Marconi Assicoop Bologna Metropolitana Automobili Lamborghini Bologna Fiere Brevini Power Transmission Camera di Commercio di Bologna Camera di Commercio di Ferrara Camera di Commercio di Forlì-Cesena Camera di Commercio di Modena Camera di Commercio di Rimini Camst Carpigiani Group Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna Confcommercio Emilia Romagna Confindustria Emilia Romagna Coswell Datalogic Ducati Motor Holding Enel Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Expert System Falorni Fastweb Ferrarelle Ferrari Ferretti Group Finalma Fondazione Carisbo Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Cesena Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Cento Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Imola Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Fondazione G. Marconi Fondazione IBM Italia Fondazione Isabella Seràgnoli Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Fondazione per la Collaborazione tra i Popoli Food Trend Foundation Furla Google Italia Granarolo GroupM Gruppo Coesia Gruppo Sistema H-ART HSPI Haworth Hera Horsa IBM Italia IMA Iconsulting Intesa San Paolo KPMG Advisory Laboratori Guglielmo Marconi Landi Renzo Legacoop Bologna Lighthouse Manutencoop Mape Maps Masai Italia Maserati Microsoft Italia Montenegro N.C.H. Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Olidata Onit Group Opera Santa Maria del Fiore Philip Morris Italia Poltronesofà Regione Emilia-Romagna Ricoh S.E.C.I. Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri SAP SCS Consulting STMicroelectronics Schneider Electric Seps Technogym Teuco The Boston Consulting Group Toyota Material Handling Italia Trevi Group Umberto Cesari UniCredit Unieuro Unindustria Bologna Unipol Vem Sistemi Veronesi Viabizzuno Videoworks Volvo Car Italia WPP Italia Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


The registration fee for the program is 4,200 euros (plus VAT) to be paid by the start date of the course.

The fee includes attendance at the program, all study material available through the online platform and access to Bologna Business School services, which include: Alma personal wi-fi account, use of Computer Lab PCs, use of study areas and access to the internal gym.

A large free car park is available in the school park.

Discounts are available:
- for early registrations;
- for Business Network companies;
- for Alma and Profingest Alumni;
- for groups of at least 3 people.


Alumni and companies can check the availability of vouchers at the Interprofessional Fund of reference:

Fondimpresa - for middle managers / middle management
Fondo Dirigenti PMI - for managers of industrial SMEs
Fondirigenti - for managers
Fon.Coop - for cooperative companies







The course is reserved for a maximum of 25 participants.


To register, simply download the registration form and send it by email or fax.


At the end of the course, a participation certificate is issued (upon reaching 80% of classroom hours).
The documents used in the classroom and any further reading or exercises will be uploaded to our platform, whose credentials will be delivered in the classroom.
Should a group of colleagues wish to participate in the program, it is possible to contact the Program Manager to evaluate an ad hoc participation price.
Our short courses do not require a specific course of study. It is important to have a few years of work experience behind you that can help you, inside the classroom, by bringing real cases dealt with and solutions adopted during your work.


Valentina Lodi
Valentina LodiManager della Formazione

Phone: +39 051 2090143

Email: openprograms@bbs.unibo.it

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