Netherlands, Breukelen

New Leadership

when 8 August 2011 - 12 August 2011
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 590

Content and objectives
The leadership summer course is intended for participants with an interest in leadership. Participants are given insight in the latest theories regarding leadership and the effects of personality and motivation on leadership effectiviness. In addition to this, five simulation games are played in teams of five in which each participant takes the leadership role once. Finally, a number of communication workshops focus on skills such as debating and negotiating.

The subject of leadership relates most directly to the leader him/herself, but it can never be seen in isolation from the co-workers or the situation. Leadership manifests itself only in the interaction between the leader, the co-workers and the context in which they operate together. It is all about the ‘degree of fit’ between these three factors. Moreover, the leadership role is mainly determined by the strategic choices that your organization makes. The challenge for every leader is to decide whether he, as an individual, is cut out for the desired leadership role. Knowledge and experience play a part in this, but his personality profile and motivations are, if anything, even more important. Adequate self-knowledge is very important. Effective leadership starts with the questions “Who am I?”, “What do I want?”, “What are my abilities?” and “Am I the right person to give the desired leadership?” As well as these questions about personal leadership, it is also important to consider the process by which leaders and followers influence each other. For this purpose, leaders need to acquire an understanding of what motivates co-workers and what they expect from the leader. To some extent, the perception of the co-workers determines the effectiveness of a leader.

The summer course
During the summer course information is presented regarding the latest insights in leadership theory, and the effects of personality and motives on the effectiveness of leadership is discussed. In addition to this 5 leadership simulation games are played in groups of five. Each simulation has a different learning purpose, yet all simulation games have in common that one leader is appointed and four followers are present. As such, every participant will be a team-leader in a simulation game once. This means that a participant does not only get more insight in his or her personal leadership style by taking command of a group; he or she will also get feedback on the manner in which he or she is perceived to lead by the members of the group. In doing so a participant can determine whether the leadership style he or she believes to have is actually conveyed properly to the other group members. The latter has to do with communication which is of crucial importance to all good leaders. In order to improve the communication skills, several communication workshops are organized which focus on issues such as presenting, debating and negotiation skills.

Course leader

Jan Morsch MSc Ma

Target group

Bachelor and Master students in the final phase of their studies.

Course aim

You learn:
• How you are as a leader.
• How to lead effectively and decisively.
• How to influence outcomes by influencing the behaviour of others.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 590: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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