Early Bird

Sustainable leadership, 100 solutions for the world

Course Date: 15.7. - 26.7.

In this course, you will learn what it takes to become an effective leader of a team or a company. You will find out how to efficiently communicate and motivate your teammates, how to manage the projects and make others committed. You will learn how the leadership functions both theoretically and practically. This course will surely be a challenge, as you will utilize all your personal skills, strengths and qualities!

Course Fee: 650€


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Category: B Business & Professional Development

Course description


Roel Evert Rietberg

Saxion University of Applied Sciences lecturer
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Roel Rietberg lectures strategic management, management information systems, database management and internet marketing at Saxion University of Applied Science since 1990 and as an honorary professor at Hannover University of Applied Sciences & Arts and the Lucian Blaga University Sibiu. As a manager of the Public Library in Apeldoorn and as a course director of the Bachelor Course International Business he gained practical experience in leadership and management. For more than 10 years he was (and still is) student counselor of hundreds of international students. To that, he provide lectures, trainings and educational advisory work in more than 20 different countries in Europe and Asia.

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E-mail: r.e.rietberg@saxion.nl

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Leadership is not universal by definition. The way we lead and manage depends heavily from who we are, from what country we are coming from, the way we were educated and raised up by our parents, in what firm or industry we work and so on.

In fact, leadership behaviour can be broken down in several levels:

Macro level of leadership

The way we lead is mostly determined by our culture or the culture of the country where we live or have lived. A Chinese leader will approach his personal leadership on a different way than a leader from a Western European country. So will people that undergo leadership from different countries perceive this leadership also from a diverse perspective.

Multicultural leadership and managing diversity is here the leading subject.

Meso level of leadership

The industry you are working for is also a determiner for leadership behaviour. Leaders within the banking industry will emphasize on different standards and values then representative leaders from education or health care. According to the strategic schools of thought (Mintzberg) we will try to find out to what extend each industry requires different leadership styles or not.

Micro level of leadership

It is clear (but not for everyone) that dominant firm cultures direct the way leaders act within such firms. Even within one firm, in many cases per department, you will see different patterns of leadership. Sales versus Human resource management, finance versus operations etc. These patterns are not eternal. Developments within and outside the firm require a flexible attitude towards leadership and leadership styles. According to the theory of Greiner’ s Growth Model, crisis management and Knowledge Management models we will discuss the impact of change on leadership and leadership styles.

Nano level of leadership.

You are Central questions are in this part: Who am I, am I a leader, what kind of leader I wish to become and what skills do I need for that?

The principles of ethical leadership will be the guideline for discussing your personal leadership.

Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 14:00

Credits: You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university. 

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At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Inspiring & convincing presentations
  • Active listening
  • Decision making
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Effective communication in a digital and a global world
  • Conscious selection of communication means


English level B1-B2.

Course outline

Week 1

Day Subject / Activity Homework
Monday Who am I and who are you? Nice to meet you! Mutual interviews of course members. Mintzberg’s schools of thought Who is your favourite leader? Do the Belbin test. If already done recently (1 or 2 years ago) bring the results with you.
Tuesday Leadership from a historic perspective, leadership styles and theory on leadership Write a paper (about 500 words) on your own experiences with leadership (active and / or passive)
Wednesday Mintzberg: strategic schools of thought and leadership styles Present the school you have picked or you were assigned to. In addition, answer the question: what does the school of thought has to do with leadership?
Thursday Global citizenship: and the seven stages of multiculturalism The multicultural leader Practice: what are your values? Active listening Do the Cultural Sensitivity Test:
Friday Diversity wheel Practice: design a diversity charter and a code of conduct for your organisation. Read: https://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html (6 dimensions)

Week 2

Day Subject / Activity Homework
Monday Company cultures. Shareholders versus stakeholders Unilever versus Kraft or AKZO-Nobel versus PPH. What should you do? Instruction on the case study Write a reflection on the previous week. Make groups (3 to 4 persons) for group work. Read: http://geerthofstede.com/culture-geert-hofstede-gert-jan-hofstede/6d-model-organizational-culture/
Tuesday Decision making: case study: what shall we do with Glove girl? Read the Blogger case and
Wednesday Ethical leadership What leadership style fits to me? Make your ethical leadership profile
Thursday Effective communication in a global and digital world. Crisis management Work on your case study
Friday Present, by using infographics your group work on the case  


  • Attendance in class 25%
  • Team assignment 25%
  • Individual assignment 50% (portfolio + self-reflection)

Course time total 85 hours:

  • Total time of in-class work = 50 hours
  • Preliminary assignment = 10 hours
  • Preparation = 25 hours
The student is eligible to receive 3 ECTS

Literature (compulsory):

Literature (recommendable)

Arthur Shriberg & David Shriberg Practicing Leadership Principles and Applications 4th edition (Kindle) ISBN-13: 978-0470086988
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