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Management | Leadership | Personal development

Situational leadership

The most successful leaders are the ones who can adapt their style to a given situation. In this course you will learn how to make the most of your personal leadership style.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
Aletta Wubben  ((human and organisational development))
Training course

For whom and price

Assistant and associate professors with five to ten years of experience after their PhD.

Leiden University staff: € 1.700,-
Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam staff: € 1.850,-


  • Vision of roles of leadership: ‘leader’, ‘manager’ or ‘coach’.
  • Determining your personal leadership style and its effect. 
  • Overview of intervention repertoires.
  • Applying other leadership styles.
  • How to coach staff.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will know what your personal leadership style is and how you can use other styles to provide optimal support to your staff. You will also be able to deliver various interventions, and will know how to use coaching techniques to better understand the behaviour of your staff. You are thus more likely to have a better idea of solutions for sometimes tricky situations. 


Before the training you will receive a questionnaire and a syllabus. Your experiences are at the forefront and relevant topics will be addressed in the programme. You will practise using conversational techniques on each other, and will be coached on real difficulties or learning objectives. Between the training sessions you will be given assignments that will help you put into practice what you have learned.

After day two, there will be a coaching on the job session, where the supervisor and and PhD candidate/staff member will be given feedback on their interaction. An actor will be used for the role plays on day 3.

The programme

This course is part of the Personal Leadership for Academics Programme. You can choose to take just this course or to follow the complete programme.

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