SelfLeaders Academy | Stockholm School of Economics
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To lead in the world, you must first know yourself.

Extended application: Oct 23/ See below for instructions

In 2009, the journey to what is now SelfLeaders began. Our first skills course in self-leadership for a number of selected students at SSE became very popular with very high scores in official course evaluations. We have now held this course every term since then, also expanding to higher academic institutions worldwide.

In an interconnected and constantly changing world, many people today experience feelings of inadequacy, performance anxiety and resignation. There is a desire for positive personal change and societal impact, however sometimes the awareness, concrete tools and network for co-creation are not available.


Over the years, we have learned what it takes to create the conditions for leaders to lead with a clear purpose, a passionate heart and a strong ability to navigate in high complexity – working with top universities and companies worldwide, such as Harvard U, Cambridge, Spotify and Telia Company. The course is based in research, experience-based and uses a proven methodology for both personal reflection and co-creation. It is designed to provide long-term value in studies, career, life in general and lay the foundation for engagement in communities and society.

By far the most rewarding course I have taken at SSE. – Previous participant

Do you know what is truly important in your life? Do you have a clear purpose and direction? Would you like to have more clarity to better lead yourself and others?


In order to make wise priorities, handle uncertainty and be able to better cooperate with others, new research shows that clarity about personal values and purpose is core.


The Self-leadership 881 skills course is offered to a selected group of SSE students and participants from our partner organizations to explore what truly matters to you, define your purpose and develop skills to better navigate through life and career. The course is experience- oriented and based on the latest research in developmental and motivational psychology.


Simply put: To lead in the world, you must first know yourself.

Average evaluation rating 2011-2016: 9.2/10

Available Courses

We offer two courses: Self-Leadership 881 in Swedish (5 weeks Nov 15–Jan 24) and Self-Leadership 882 in English. Both courses are available to bachelor or master students at SSE.

Important Dates

  • 881/Swedish: 6-9 p.m. Five sessions:
    Nov 15, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5 2017 & Jan 24 2018

    Application deadline: Oct 23

How To Apply

Send a personal letter in Swedish or English to, where you motivate why you want to take the course. Please specify which course you apply for, or both. Remember to enclose your contact information. We will notify of acceptance.


For questions regarding the application, please contact at SSE. For questions regarding the course content, please contact We look forward to your application.