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Corporate Academy

Academic leadership II

Developing as a strategic leader

As an associate professor or full professor, you will be leading a larger team with more experienced academics, and you will have various internal and external stakeholders to deal with. Managing takes time, and you also need time for your research. A lot is demanded and expected from academic leaders. How can you bring your group of people to a higher level? How can 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 with each other? This practically oriented five-day training course focuses not only on operational leadership but particularly also on strategic and contextual leadership.


The training course consists of two blocks of two days each and a follow-up day. The first two days will be devoted to increasing your knowledge and skills, which you will subsequently apply to your everyday practice. In the second block, we will work on vision and strategy and look at systems. The follow-up day offers room for peer discussion and knowledge expansion.

Exchanging experiences and discussing practical situations are important components of this training course.

✓ organizational awareness
✓ social awareness
✓ vision
✓ persuasiveness
✓ coaching
✓ delegating
✓ communication
✓ unifying leadership


On completion of the training course:
You will know in which direction you want to take your team.
You will have thought about your team’s vision and strategy and about how you will get your team members involved.
You will have examined internal and external stakeholders.
You will have mastered various different intervention styles.
You will be able to manage changes and give feedback.
You will have brought your leadership qualities to the next level.

Past participants have particularly valued the following components of the training course:
reflecting on your leadership skills
sharing experiences with colleagues
contracting and system diagnosis
attention to ambition and vision
room for discussing practical situations

More information


Spring 2024
Block 1: February 28 and 29, 2024
Block 2: April 3 and 4, 2024


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Van der Valk Hotel Groningen - Hoogkerk
Borchsingel 53
9766 PP Eelderwolde

Target group

Associate professors (UHD) and full professors

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants

Language of instruction

English (unless all participants also speak Dutch)

Course fee



Esther Schmal and Marloes Siccama

More information

Marloes Siccama, trainer at HR Experts

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