UGL - Utveckling av grupp och ledare

UGL är en ledarskapsutbildning som vänder sig till dem som vill förstå ledarskap och medarbetarskap i grupper och i dessa hitta sin egen roll. Sedan 1981 har kursen Utveckling av Grupp och Ledare (UGL) varit en grundkurs för blivande officerare och är idag en mycket populär kurs även inom näringsliv och offentlig förvaltning.

In English

The course, Understanding Group and Leader (UGL), has been used as a basic leadership course within the Swedish Armed Forces for more than 20 years. In recent years it has also become popular and widespread outside the Swedish Total Defence Establishment.


The overall objective of the course is for the participants to become more effective as group members, leaders and trainers.

UGL provides training in how a group develops and matures over time, what happens in the group during the course of this development and what behaviour or actions promote or inhibit constructive development. Within UGL, this is referred to as group dynamics. The course also deals with the problems and possibilities of leadership related to the development of the group's maturity, and what style of leadership will promote both task solving and group development.

Throughout the UGL course, learning occurs through experience of situations reflecting group dynamics and understanding your own role in these situations or dynamics. During this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an experiential (experience based) learning model.
  • Increase insight into your own personality.
  • Learn to identify and to handle conflict.
  • Learn to communicate in a direct and clear way.
  • Learn to give and to receive effective feedback.
  • Learn to recognize different phases of a group's development.
  • Understand that there is a need for different leadership styles.
  • Increase self-confidence and self-insight.

Course values

The course is built on these values:

  • People are the most important resource in an organisation.
  • Contact and cooperation between people in an organisation should be characterised by openness, trust and a feeling of solidarity. Attitudes and behaviour that can be seen as lacking respect for the dignity of others are not acceptable.
  • The unity and the collective resources of a group are decisive whether or not and how the tasks will be completed. Knowledge and understanding of the interactions between people are therefore a condition of good leadership.
  • Leadership is the manager's ability to create the conditions that will allow co-workers' personalities, knowledge, interests, power of initiative and willingness to cooperate, to be used to complete set tasks in the best way.

To this we add a clear value which stresses that every person is unique and has development potential. Uniqueness means that people are individual and are not interchangeable. The development potential is seen as an alternative to a more static view of people.

UGL includes opportunities for you to experience the processes of development and uniqueness, plus it is a real opportunity for you to be you.

Differences enrich, even in learning situations. The group should therefore be composed of people from as different categories as possible, differences in age, sex, professional background, etc. Within UGL variation is seen as beneficial to the learning process.

General guidelines

Due to the organisation of the course, with participants being assumed to share a series of common experiences and being able to discuss these with confidence, the following guidelines will be observed:

  • People are not allowed to come and go during the course.
  • No other evening activities may be planned during the week.
  • No one other than the course participants is allowed to be present. People who are not taking part in the course may not follow it in part or in full.
  • It is always possible that someone may need to cut the course short for some reason. In this case, and with reference to the above, the course should be restarted at another time.
  • UGL is completed over five consecutive days. Participants should live on-site.
  • The number of participants, excluding facilitators, may not be less than 8 or more than 12.
  • The course is run by two specially trained and qualified facilitators.
  • The objectives of the course are expressed as development objectives according to the following "Arrow of Objectives."

Arrow of objectives, UGL