Leiderschapstraject voor UD’s en UHD’s

Academic Leadership

A course designed to give insight into your personal leadership style and to help you develop it further. Besides this, topics that 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


Kickoff: 5 February 2021

Interested, but you missed the kickoff? We accept registrations until 22 February!

Duration:1 year
Location:Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark + Zoom 
Costs:€ 5000 per participant. Access to (and payment for) the course follows from a nomination by your school or institute.
Target group:

Assistant Professors

Other: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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  • To encourage diversity in leadership positions there is a special offer for female participants who want to join the Academic Leadership course with the Women in Academia (WiA) program. WiA focuses on supporting female talent to higher leadership positions by addressing questions around gender climate and leadership, and teaches the participants to skillfully navigate the academic arena. If you wish to combine the two programmes, you will get exempted from the fourth module "Leadership in context of the organization" in AL. Instead of this module, you will participate in the Women in Academia programme without any extra charges.

    Please make to sure to indicate this in your registration for Academic Leadership course.

  • Programme
    5 February 2021
    9.00 - 11.00
    Online Kickoff
    10, 11, 12 February 2021Individual intake - online
    To be arranged with the trainer
    26 February 2021
    9.00 - 17.00

    Module 1: Personal leadership

    This module is about the insights in own strengths, weaknesses, motives, and developments.
    19 or 23 March 2021
    10.00 - 16.00
    Intervision 1 - online
    The date will depend on your intervision group
    16 April 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.
    17 or 21 May 2021
    Intervision 2 - online
    11 June 2021
    9.00 - 17.00

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

    • Feedback
    • Coaching
    • Practicing with difficult conversations
    17 September 2021
    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
    7 or 8 October 2021
    10.00 - 16.00
    Intervision 3 - online
    12 November 2021
    9.00 - 17.00

    Module 5: HR & Diversity

    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.
    12 November 2021
    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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