ELS-66400 Leadership for Transformation


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)MSc. L Huijgen
Lecturer(s)MSc. L Huijgen
Examiner(s)MSc. L Huijgen

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Continuation courses:

CPT-60306 Facilitating Interactive Processes;
ELS-53506 Empowerment for Sustainability;
ELS-59803 and/or ELS-65800 Intuitive Intelligence;
ELS-67100 Supporting and Understanding Sustainability Transitions


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants for P6.
The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm->Registration for Courses

In this course students become acquainted with and practice to lead societal change from the vantage point of the collective. The pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time need action. It needs actors that care for society, aspire transformation and are able to lead transformation in unknown territory. In this course we focus on the connection between the student as an individual and the society as the collective, and how this can be a starting point for leading behavior and change. The students will work with concepts as care, vision, responsibility and morality but also on aspects as agility, resilience and sagacity (wisdom/knowing from experience). Leadership theories are used to investigate relationships and exchange between leaders and followers in the context of societal and sustainable change. Transformative practices are applied to train and experience change processes. All aspects will be integrated in the backbone of the course: a collaborative small real-life project of student’s own choice. By a praxis-oriented learning process (cyclical iterative journey of action and reflection) students learn by doing.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain transformative leadership concepts and features;
- self-assess and develop transformative leadership competencies;
- initiate, implement and evaluate a transformative project of their own choosing.


Tutorials, dialogue, project work, peer-feedback, reflexivity exercises


Student performance will be assessed by a final presentation of the project (50%) and a reflective assignment (50%). Both elements need a minimum mark of 5.5.
Active participation in all sessions is requisite to pass the course.


A reader containing literature, websites and a study manual will be offered online.