Sustainable Leadership: 100 Solutions For the World

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?

Acquired skills

  • 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)

General information

Course term: 124.07. - 04.08.

Free seats: 8

Price: 875 €

Category: Personal Development & Communication Skills

Status: Available

Deadline: 30.04.2023


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).

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!)


  • Day 1Who am I? Why am I here? Who is your favourite leader? / World's ecological analysis, introduction to sustainability challenges ( CO2 reduction, energy transition and circular economy)
  • Day 2Leadership from a historic perspective, leadership styles and theory on leadership / 100 solutions to reverse global warming, Bottom of the pyramid (BOP)
  • Day 3Servant leadership in action, The 5 levels of leadership. / Introduction to the about the Circular economy and practicum.
  • Day 4Global citizenship and conscious business. Introduction to the multicultural leader. Creativity workshop. / Introduction to business models Case study about bluematch eco stoves
  • Day 5Diversity as a key leadership tool / Introduction to Sustainable Development goals and GRI( Global Reporting Initiatives)
  • Day 6What makes you a leader? reflection on one's own capacity to change the world. / Applied creative workshop
  • Day 7Empowerment and leadership / Golden circle principle: start with "why?"
  • Day 8Ethical leadership : What leadership style fits to me? / Golden circle principle: follow with "how?"
  • Day 9Leadership and spirituality / Golden circle principle: follow with "what?"
  • Day 10Going back to go forward. What have we learned? Path onto the future. / Rounding up knowledge application

Course is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00


Simon van Renssen


University of Groningen

Lecturer at Saxion University of Applied Sciences


Drs. Simon van Renssen graduated at the State University of Groningen in 1987 as a Social Psychologist specialized in Marketing and Marketing Research. His company, Cognicon attracted many regional business customers. Among them were KPN (the Dutch telephone company), CasTel (a cable TV company), US West, various energy companies (Gasunie, Essent) and many smaller firms in the advertising and marketing industry. After 10 years in the marketing research industry he switched his career to education. He is an experienced lecturer in subjects like Consumer Psychology, Marketing Research, Retail Marketing and Sustainable Business. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Europe and China. He is married with 8 kids (most of them are students now). He owns a farm house with 2 dogs, 5 cats, a pony, a rooster, 5 chicken and two Bentheimer Black Pied pigs.

Course outline

Literature (suggested)

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


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."

Sustainable Leader

The journey starts with awareness by 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 practising 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.

Create your own solution to reverse 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?

Create a new business model for a circular economy

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.


You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.


  • attendance in class 15%
  • team assignment 40%
  • individual assignment 35%
  • exam 10% (optional, if required by home University)

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Course runs 2 weeks Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00
  2. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  3. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  4. Preparation = 65hours


Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome and goodbye drink as part of the graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, public transportation ticket, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2023 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

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