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Academic leadership II

Develop yourself as a strategic leader

You have been an associate professor for at least a year or you are a full professor and you lead a larger team with both junior and senior scientists, working together in achieving common goals. You deal with various internal and external stakeholders, while stimulating cooperation and representing the UG. A lot is asked and expected of academic leaders. How do you balance leading with conducting research and teaching? How do you take your group to the next level? How do you inspire them to get the best out of themselves? How do you create support for your ideas? How do you connect people, the UG and the world? This four-day, English-language training is about group leadership, but above all about strategic and contextual leadership.


During the first two days, you will increase your knowledge and skills in group leadership and organizational leadership. After the first module, there is time to apply your new knowledge and skills in your work. In the second module, we look back on this and you build on vision and strategy and look at existing systems. Exchanging experiences and discussing practical situations is an important part of this training.

Competences (based on UFO and Image board on leadership at the University of Groningen)

✓ Unifying leadership
●    setting an example
●    understanding group dynamics

✓ Organizational awareness
●    being able to read and interpret figures
●    showing organizational sensitivity

✓ Environmental orientation
●    acting in the interest of the bigger picture
●    engaging with stakeholders
●    showing political sensitivity

✓ Vision
●    having a long-term vision

✓ Persuasiveness
●    taking and explaining decisions

✓ Coaching
●    taking action in case of undesirable behaviour

✓ Delegating
✓ Communication


After completing this training:
✓ you will know in which direction you want to take your team;
✓ you have thought about your team's vision and strategy and how you will involve your team members in it;
✓ you have identified internal and external stakeholders;
✓ you master different intervention styles;
✓ you can manage change and provide feedback;
✓ You have taken your leadership skills to the next level.

What participants value most:
✓ reflecting on own leadership skills;
✓ good alternation of theory and practice;
✓ working on mission/vision;
✓ exchange of experiences with colleagues;
✓ contracting and system diagnosis.

More information


Autumn 2024:
Module 1 at 12 en 13 November and
Module 2 at 11 en 12 December
All days are from 9am to 5pm and include a vegetarian lunch.


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Norman Building
Lutkenieuwstraat 5
9712 AW Groningen

Target group

Associate professors with at least one year of working experience in this position and full professors

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants

Language of instruction


Course fee



Trainer: Esther Schmal, trainer on behalf of Takacs & Verheijden
Co-trainer: Marloes Siccama

More information

Marloes Siccama

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