Senior Leadership in Academia

Campus Woudestein

"Registration: Upon nomination by the dean of your faculty,
you can registrate for this programme"

Senior Leadership in Academia is about you, you as a leader for your team and in our organisation. We need you to create a safe and challenging environment for every Erasmian, to initiate change, and to build partnerships for the future. We invite you to join our top level leadership program tailor made for professors who are responsible for a department, section or team. The purpose of this new initiative is to further develop and deepen your leadership qualities in the context of the organisation’s strategic goals. You will participate in this intensive program to reflect with EUR colleagues in the same role on leading yourself and others. The program is facilitated by experienced leadership trainers and coaches who will offer you tools, practice and feedback to boost your development and broaden your network of peers.


  • Strengthened leadership role as a connecting factor and ability to create change.
  • Developed vision that has positive impact on society.
  • Increased influence as a leader: and more effectiveness in your relationships with colleagues, the faculty, the university and beyond.
  • Better understanding of dynamics of a group and how to handle differences that emerge in every group.
  • Increased understanding of yourself: your qualities, your values and beliefs.
  • Deeper understanding of the organization by a systemic perspective.

Target group

  • You are a professor who is responsible for a department, section or team.
  • You are willing and able to schedule time to complete the entire program.
  • You want to deepen your development as a leader

Practical information

Kickoff16 September 202413.00 - 16.30
Individual intakes16 and 17 October. By arrangement via the appointment schedulermeetings of 1,5 hours
Module 16 and 7 November 20249.00- 21.00/17.00
Module 28 and 9 January 20259.00- 21.00/17.00
Module 35 and 6 March 20259.00- 21.00/17.00
IntervisionsSession 1: 10 December 2024, afternoon
Session 2: 13 February 2025, afternoon
Session 3: 4 April 2025, afternoon
Customisable scheduling (between modules and/or at the end of the programme)
Half a day
CoachingIndividual coaching is planned in coordination with the participants 

All three modules are including dinner and overnight stay.

Duration:Kick-off and intake (1/2 day), and 6 module-days (3 x 2) incl. evening program, meals and overnight stay; Individual (or team) meetings with a coach.
Costs:€ 7.830,- incl BTW (all above included)
Financing:Do you want to use your personal career budget? Make sure you submit your application to our colleagues on time. Read more here.

If you want to use your department budget, you can request the budget number from your manager.
Location:To follow later.

Quasiba Zeggen & Marije van Duijne Strobosch and ARDIS Organisatie Ontwikkeling

(combination of experienced coaches and trainers)


The programme consists of three learning lines:

  • A practical learning line in which you work on a change assignment in your own context
  • An individual learning line where you work on your personal learning goals
  • A collective learning line which offers a number of modules.

1. Kick off:

This programme starts with a kick-off of half a day online. A member of the Executive Board will also share their leadership journey openly, learnings and pitfalls and will discuss all questions with the group.

2. 360°-feedback:

The learning-process starts by using a 360˚feedback instrument, with a customised competency set. Reflecting on the outcome with the coach/trainer you will craft your learning objectives for the programme. Intake (online) The intake is a conversation with one of the trainers and is intended to get acquainted and manage expectations. You will discuss the outcomes of the 360˚feedback and the learning objectives in more depth and make a start with formulating your change assignment.

3. Intake: The intake is a conversation with one of the trainers and is intended to get acquainted and manage expectations. You will discuss the outcomes of the 360˚feedback and the learning objectives in more depth and make a start with formulating your change assignment.

4. Coaching: Coaching (2 hours coaching / intervision card for individual sessions and/or for a team session)This can be used up to twelve months after finishing the programme, the learning process will continue for quite some time.

5. Three modules of two days including an evening programme and overnight stay
- Personal leadership in the context of EUR
- Inspiring others
- Influencing the system

6. Intervision: more information will follow



2 days including overnight stay

This module focuses on who you are as a leader. You explore your individuality in different ways and sharpen your perspective on your qualities and blind spots. In addition, your leadership role is central: how do your ambitions and values fit in with those of the university as a whole? The group also devotes time and attention to creating a safe learning environment together. In this module we start with peer consultation (an effective method to learn with and from each other), in fixed, small groups. This will be repeated in each module.

2 days including overnight stay

In this module you will focus on the interaction with others, at group level and at individual level. You 'design' a personal vision and learn to present this vision with impact, so that you inspire others. You will explore different ways of looking at your team, group or section and learn how to take the team to the next level.

2 days including overnight stay

In this module organizational dynamics are introduced. By gaining insight into these dynamics you learn to zoom out and see the bigger picture. Themes addressed are maneuvering strategic thinking in a political context, navigating using your own moral compass, facilitating to a safe work environment and inclusive leadership.

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