Sustainable Leadership: 100 Solutions For the World

Course Date: 15.7. - 26.7.

The sustainable leadership course will develop your skills and awareness every day of the course. Every session will be half practical and half theoretical (no time to get bored!).You will be required to write a short reflection piece every day on which you will receive written feedback from your tutor. Online interactive tools and videos will be used in class and for the making of individual and group assignment (only a few are enclosed below in the explanations)

Course Fee: 800€


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Category: B Business & Professional Development

Course description


Thierry Tartarin, MeD (t.j.m.tartarin@saxion.nl)

Saxion University of Applied Sciences
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Thierry Tartarin, MeD is presently a Senior Lecturer at the International Business School of Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer. Saxion is the third largest University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands with 14 academies and over 27000 students divided over four locations.

Mr Tartarin has made a transition to the education sector from the commercial world 14 years ago following a successful career in the trade fairs industry in England, Turkey and The Netherlands. One of his last position was of Managing Director of the Turkish office of VNU Exhibitions in Istanbul where he was responsible for the Eurasian expansion of the company.

Due to his extensive international business experience, cultural and language skills Mr Tartarin is able to lecture a vast range of International Business related subjects including marketing, sustainable business and personal development. He is presently actively involved in educational research in the subject of curriculum co-creation with students and currently developing international CSR orientated research projects with China and India.

Recently Mr Tartarin has been actively contributing to the update of the International Business Management Study (IBMS) program to build a "Conscious Business" orientated curriculum. Over the years Mr Tartarin has coordinated the Personal development program of the Bachelor of Business Administration(BBA) under which his "Leadership practice" course is highly rated by students for its introspective quality. "My goal is reached when I read from the student's reflection that their views over leadership has changed and that this awareness will impact the rest of their lives"

Furthermore Mr Tartarin is very active in sustainable education both inside and outside his school. Coordinator of the minor "Sustainable business, 100 solutions for the world" this "Sustainable Leadership course is a mix of years of teaching experience in both sustainability and leadership with this time a direct connection to the solutions.

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Sustainable leadership is all about on the one hand understanding sustainability and on the other being a leader in driving sustainability. In order to achieve this we start at the beginning by briefly introducing key questions: What is sustainability? What are sustainability practices? Why should you care? What sustainable issues are related to your own area of interest?

The journey starts with an awareness through investigating what kind of a leader you are and letting you see different facets of your leadership.

We look at different perspectives using well known leadership theories to set your leadership style in context. Once the foundation is laid we can start practicing what we preach and confront the reality of our own leadership skills. During the course you will receive regular feedback from the tutor to unleash and develop your leadership skills. Throughout this continuous process, we are convinced that you will achieve great results which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Am I a leader? What kind of leader can I be? What is needed to develop as a leader? What is sustainability? What is the connection between being a leader and sustainability?

Be an effective leader to change the world.

We believe you can lead to make the planet a better place to live and will help you focus your attention to reversing global warming.


After years of scientific evaluation and discussions amongst scholars, politicians and citizens, it is clear that global warming is a serious threat to our very existence. Everyone has a piece of the puzzle when it comes to solving this. Any threat or change also offers opportunities. The whole course is directed towards reaching for the opportunities and solutions to reverse global warming using the 100 solutions proposed by the drawdown project plan.

That means that by the end of the course you will have a clear idea how to either integrate one or more of these solutions for your business or create your own plan and awareness for reversing the effects of climate change. This could be the beginning of a new business idea or business model and a complete new career. Whatever present activities you are engaged in being an entrepreneur, a student, or current employee of an organisation, you will be able to apply one or more of the 100 solutions.

What are the practical solutions to reverse global warming? How can I contribute to this?


Today's world is in a transition phase meaning how we will live tomorrow will be very different to what we or our parents have known. An example of this change is the fast developing concept of using services instead of owning products like the purchasing of a lease contract for your house boiler or washing machine instead of the traditional purchase of these products. The "Uberization" of our society, forces us to think in different ways as resources becomes scarce and digitalization is prominent.

These new business models (for instance leasing instead of purchasing) will shape tomorrow's business and life. You will learn how to create new business models and will apply it in a practical way.

What is a business model? how can I create my own which would serve a circular economy?

Overall you will discover the leader in you and will put it to good use.

We look forward to facilitating this challenging and exciting process through intensive and fruitful exchanges during class.

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

Week 1: Knowledge , Week 2: Knowledge application

Credits: You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which is evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course. This can be used as proof for acceptance at your home university or organisation.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • Understand key leadership theories (know)
  • Realize your full potential as leader (knows how)
  • Understand what sustainability and the circular economy are (know)
  • Demonstrate the ability to create new business models (knows how)
  • Connect leadership and sustainability into a solution to reverse global warming (shows how)


1) "I liked the depth we went through with the reflections. More specifically, I appreciate the fact that you really went through the documents and gave feedback also from your own experience. It made me felt I could relate more and thus I was able or at least I wanted to go even deeper in my own reflections. The different kinds of assignments were a lot of fun and very educational as well. It was a good way to be creative and be active with my brains by doing other things rather than just reading and discussing. I especially liked that you joined us with the assignments as well! The discussions about theories and then trying to implement or seek for our own examples accordingly was very nice. It gave a good practical sense of understanding and how we can then also could implement in future events. Thank you for sharing your own experience!"

2) "Videos were very inspiring and easy to relate to - I liked the personal point of view and that we had to go really deep into our own heads - You very good teacher and I liked your transparency and that your also shared with us. You made it relevant to our own backgrounds. The wide range of different methodologies we used. The reflections. (Even though it was very demanding sometimes because there was a lot to do all the time, not much rest in general. Nevertheless, I very much appreciate this way of learning and reminding myself about what I have actually learned today and how can I implement this in my own background)"

3) "Use of videos Very good explanations Activities in the course."

Please, see the syllabus beneath...

English level B1-B2.

Course outline

Week 1 - Knowledge (each day, part 1 leadership, part 2 sustainability and solutions)

Day Discussion subjects Activities
Monday Who am I? why am I here? Nice to meet you!
Who is your favourite leader?
Individual assignment: Do the Belbin test. Make a collage of magazine picture representing who you are.
Outside activity: Mutual interviews of course members and passersby. Compare and discuss findings with fellow students.
Fill in your own personal Canvas Model and make your dna infographic.
Discussion about what leadership is in your group.
World's ecological analysis, introduction to sustainability challenges ( co2 reduction, energy transition and circular economy) Calculate your carbon footprint.
Discussion about what sustainability is and where you stand in the picture.
Tuesday Leadership from a historic perspective, leadership styles and theory on leadership Discussion and comparison over the various theories.
Which theory fit you the most? what is your leadership dna?
Make your ethical leadership profile
100 solutions to reverse global warming, Bottom of the pyramid (BOP) Identify which of the 100 solutions fit your situation the best.
Discussion about each student's solutions.
Outside activity: Investigation in the school vicinity of the relation to the 100 solutions.
Wednesday Servant leadership in action, The 5 levels of leadership. Identify how servant leadership can be implemented in your individual context, work your level of leadership using the 5 levels of leadership. Group reflection and discussion.
Introduction to the about the Circular economy and practicum. Find an example of a product you use every day and explain the possible steps that would lead to a circular economy based production.
Compare your findings with fellow students and discussion.
Thursday Global citizenship and conscious business.
Introduction to the multicultural leader.
Creativity workshop.
Do the Cultural Sensitivity Test
Read the following(6 dimensions)
Identify what is your value set.
Discussion on your findings with fellow students.
Case study
Introduction to business models
Case study about bluematch eco stoves
Group assignment: Use the circular economy business template and fill in the template for a new idea.
Friday Diversity as a key leadership tool Group assignment: Design a diversity charter and a code of conduct relevant for your context/ organisation
Introduction to Sustainable Development goals and GRI( Global Reporting Initiatives) Identify which SDG's are the most suited to your situation. Explain why and compare with fellow students in a discussion.

Week 2 - Knowledge application (each day, part 1 leadership, part 2 create your own solution)

Day Discussion subjects Activities
Monday What makes you a leader? reflection on one's own capacity to change the world. Group assignment: Write a group reflection on your individual key learning moments from the past week.
Group assignment: silent workshop Leading or Serving.
Applied creative workshop Using the freshly acquired creativity skills, create at least 5 new ideas related to one of the 100 solutions
Tuesday Empowerment and leadership
Golden circle principle: start with "why?" Individual assignment: Presentation of your own idea/ new business model fitting the circular economy.
Wednesday Ethical leadership : What leadership style fits to me? Identify change as the only constant in your life.
Individual assignment: Survey fellow students and passersby for life changing experiences. Compare with fellow students and group discussion.
Golden circle principle: follow with "how?" Individual work on how to implement your idea/new business model
Thursday Leadership and spirituality Identify what key spiritual aspects could contribute to your self-development.
Golden circle principle: follow with "what?" Individual work on what to implement your idea/new business model
Friday Going back to go forward.
What have we learned? Path onto the future.
Present your findings using infographics
Rounding up knowledge application Individual and group presentations of final products and reflections.

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

  1. Individual assignments 50%
  2. Group assignments 25%
  3. Self reflections 25% (portfolio)
Course time total 130 hours:
  1. Attendance in class = 50 hours
  2. Self reflections = 15 hours
  3. Individual and group preparations = 65 hours

The student is eligible to receive 3 ECTS (possible to receive and an extra 2 credits under conditions)

Literature (suggested):
  1. Practicing Leadership Principles and Applications 4th edition (Kindle) ISBN-13: 978-0470086988
  2. Sustainable thinking acting by Prof .Jonker
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