Academic Leadership

A course designed to give insight into your personal leadership style and to help you develop it further. Besides this, topics which are addressed during the course are e.g. Strategy & Governance, Office politics and People Management.

The course program alternates between theory and practice, individual coaching and peer supervision. There is also room for personal learning objectives and questions from other participants.

Participation in this course is a necessary qualification for management, to grow from assistant professor to associate professor. We strive to have gender balance in the course as it is important for the group dynamics and effectiveness of the course.

In your role as an assistant professor, and as an aspiring associate professor, you will need skills to manage, inspire, motivate and coach diverse professionals. Creating a safe and inclusive work climate, managing quality of research and education and financial management are other important aspects of your (new) role.

Due to coronavirus limitations, the individual intakes and intervision meetings will be held online.

Practical information

Date:Kick-off: 4 October 2021
Duration:6 months
Location:Rotterdam Marriott Hotel
Costs:€ 5000 per participant. Access to (and payment for) the course follows from a nomination by your school or institute.
Financing:If you want to use your department budget, you can request the budget number from your manager.
Target group:

Assistant Professors


You will receive a certificate after a participation of at least 80%.

Christa van Wijnbergen

I appreciated the intervision meetings in particular – it is nice to discuss dilemmas with the colleagues and learn how they would handle, for instance, a stagnating PhD project or a budget competition.

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4 October
9.00 - 11.00
6, 8, and 13 October 2021Individual intake - online
To be arranged with the trainer
15 October 2021
9.00 - 17.00

Module 1: Personal leadership

This module is about the insights in own strengths, weaknesses, motives, and developments.
5 or 9 November  2021
10.00 - 16.00
Intervision 1 - online
The date will depend on your intervision group
19 November 2021
9.00 - 17.00

Module 2: Leading employees

  • Mental models (to reverse blocking beliefs – leadership of your inner system)
  • Accountability – making clear agreements (insights in your own unconscious control criteria.
10 or 14 December 2021
Intervision 2 - online
The date will depend on your intervision group
14 January 2022
9.00 - 17.00

Module 3: Leading teams
This module is about the basic skills of daily leading.

  • Feedback
  • Coaching
  • Practicing with difficult conversations
11 February 2022
9.00 - 17.00

Module 4: Leadership in the context of the organization
In this module you will get insights in organizational dynamics and in how you can lead organisational change. In the afternoon we will practice with difficult conversations with the assistance of actors.

  • Systemic laws of organisational dynamics and how to intervene as a leader
  • Change management – your role as a leader in leading change
  • Practicing difficult situations with actors
15 or 27 March 2022
10.00 - 16.00
Intervision 3 - online
The date will depend on your intervision group
1 April 2022
9.00 - 17.00

Module 5: Diversity & Inclusion

This module is mainly about making clear what the role of a leader means so the participants have a correct understanding of what leadership means within EUR.
1 April  2022
17.00 - 18.00
Wrap-up drinks 
 During the course, there will be one session of individual coaching, and two optional sessions after the course. These sessions will be of one-hour length each.

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