The topic of leadership has been developed into an international subject of study and training for managers and leaders of organizations. Globalization and modern communication have given an extra boost to leadership. Leadership is a counterpart of management and is now more than ever in the spotlight. In fact, it has even become an international concept. Managers and leaders are not only focused on a local, regional, and national area, but operate increasingly across national borders with multicultural teams.

What makes a leader?

The essence of leadership in all definitions is basically the same: “How can we inspire people to reach a certain goal?” This goal can be defined very broadly, but it is always the purpose of a leader to make people actively to pursue this goal. In any case, it has turned out that a leader moves people to achieve those aims in a motivating atmosphere. We can therefore establish a relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence. We talk about primary leadership and that it is about emotions. Do you as a leader or manager have the ability to create an empathetic climate in which we can develop innovations, bring them to fruition and establish long-term relationships? Do you as the leader make the difference?

Good leaders renew, change and address the status quo. They inspire colleagues to a clear and shared vision, enable others to act, give a good example and take the organization in tow. It is important to first get to know yourself, then to understand your environment and then make the optimal choice for putting the team together. You never have to renew and change alone.

Leadership and management

Management and leadership developed their own identity with different functions. The concepts of leadership and management are often used interchangeably, yet incorrectly. Understanding the difference is essential because leadership determines the culture and motivation of the employees in the company. What do we mean by leadership? What is distinctive in leadership and coaching compared to management? Sometimes both functions could come together in a person. One will have to strengthen the other. Very often, a person will combine both elements in the job. In that case, the person must have a clear understanding of the requirements of both functions. Therefore, a professional set of instruments, skills, techniques, methods, and knowledge of theory is important for each leader. We train managers to master this. As Confucius said: “Mistakes have those, who do not learn from their mistakes”

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge and insight in the vision on leadership, management and coaching
  • Relationship of leadership to the objectives of the organization
  • Understand the role of leadership in (changing) the culture of the organization
  • Make the concept of leadership applicable to the own personal situation
  • Acquire practical skills and competences on leadership
  • Improve empathy skills for personal leadership
  • Use of Emotional Intelligence techniques to achieve objectives
  • Use of methods for motivation and talent management

In this Executive Masterclass the student is taken along on a journey that deals with the different facets of leadership. We will discuss the theory of leadership, the development of the domain of leadership, background and different approaches to the topic. Every author has been writing about the subject from a specific point of view, from different angles, based on experiences in a certain situation. What is considered successful leadership in one situation and environment will often fail in another.

Our models will not only clearly show the difference between leadership and management, but also differentiate between trainer, coach and leader. Attention is paid to personal leadership, leading organizations and general leadership. The various levels of leadership are addressed, always with a central question; How do we get people along? The focus lies on the role of the manager of the organisation, the corporate leader. However, the course also gives insight into motivation and talent development in personal leadership. The Leadership module also discusses different techniques and models to determine your leadership style and skills. The difference between inspiring people, using emotional intelligence to influence people and the more technical aspects in management.

By learning from past experiences, best practises, general concepts and theories, all participants can find out what is applicable in their own situation. The participants of the course will be challenged to discuss their own situation in small groups and translate the theory to practice. In this executive masterclass we will discuss themes like:

  • Basics and principles of leadership
  • Trends and development of leadership
  • Styles and forms of leadership
  • Best practises in certain situations
  • Differences in the role of a leader and manager
  • Leadership as a strategic HRM tool
  • The relation of leadership to (cultural) change
  • Development and implementation of skills and competences of leadership

Leadership as a tool for performance

It is proven that performance is directly linked to energy. Our models will help people to understand how to improve the energy within organizations and teams. Here we present our model of the four axes. To function effectively and efficiently, it is not enough to have a lot of IQ in the organization. This is about knowledge, skills, brain capacity. Besides these, Physical capacities (PhQ) have become increasingly important. Mental and physical fitness positively influence performance. Above all, leadership is about the other axes, the EQ and SQ. The EQ (Emotional Quotient) is all about the social capacity, the ability to make people interact effectively and be energized through working with others. The behavior of the leader is central. The SQ (Sense Quotient) will define what motivates people to give their energy for the objectives of the leader. Are the objectives of the leader and organization aligned with their own identity, values, expectation and ambition?
Our tools will help people develop on all these axes and relate them to the concepts of leadership.

Conceptual framework

The module is based on the following division of concepts:

  • Personal leadership
  • Corporate leadership
  • General leadership

Personal leadership

Personal leadership is the ability of a person to influence the behavior of people who are directly connected to you: your own team, your direct reports etc. This is a mostly one-on-one approach contrary to general and corporate leadership. Also, the ability to influence the interaction and energy between your people (team) is very important.How do you make an impact on the people you manage?This is the basis of the module "Self-Leadership, Leadership and Coaching". In this first module, much attention is given to subjects in the field of personality analysis. This course discusses topics such as coaching and talent. This involves leading teams as well.

Corporate leadership

Leaders in an organization are the figurehead internally and externally. With respect to personal leadership, corporate leaders lack direct contact.  It is about the mission and vision of the organization. Mostly, this is much more defined and specific than the objectives of general leadership. You have to be a leader of the organization both internal and external. You must inspire the people in your organization to motivate them and believe in what they are doing so they will give all they can to reach the goals. On the other hand, you are the face of the organization to the outside world. In this role, people and other organizations often associate the organization with your charisma and impact. The appeal of the company is measured by your performance.

What makes a corporate leader? How does he ensure that his organization has faith in his strategy and wants to follow him? How does he ensure that the stakeholders are satisfied? How does he generate added value?

This raises interesting questions such as:

  • What are qualities of a good corporate leader?
  • Are they the same in all circumstances?
  • Are there leaders who can perform under all circumstances?
  • What is the difference in types of companies?
  • What is the difference in the stages of life?
  • What is the difference in countries, cultures and multicultural teams?
  • Are these traits trainable?

General leadership

With General leadership, we think of world leaders, politicians, influencers and thinkers, religious leaders, leaders in sports and culture etc. We very often see that, the influencers become world leaders (e.g. Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Nelson Mandela). What are the characteristics of those leaders? What do leaders like the Pope, Gandhi and Cruyff have in common? Leadership on this level means that you must be able to influence a lot of people by inspiring them to follow your vision. There is no personal contact, it is about transmitting ideas and objectives. Making people believe that what you want to achieve is worth going for.

The learning objectives:

  • Knowledge and insight into the various visions and principles of different forms of leadership
  • Trends in leadership: what are the changes, visions? Think big and international
  • Knowledge and insight into the relationship and differences between leadership and management and the organizational goals and organizational culture
  • Leadership as a strategic HRM goal and as a management philosophy
  • Leadership in change processes

Develop and implement practical personal leadership skills and leadership competencies

  • Be able to correctly assess others in one-on-one situations.
  • Be able to judge others and the interaction between people, to adopt a good approach to achieving goals.
  • Be able to lead and manage changes as a process in which the human side is central. Have the ability to link leadership in change to reducing forms of resistance and increasing the adoption capacity of employees.
  • Have skills for successful professional practice at every management level. Initiative, integrity, personal responsibility, decision-making and motivating others
  • Communicate at various levels and disciplines, and thus with all relevant stakeholders
  • Be able to use both scientific and own research and present the results of this research to an audience of specialists and non-specialists, both orally and in writing
  • Be well informed about current developments in the field of leadership and to take an independently argued position regarding these developments and to defend this in debate
  • Develop a personal leadership plan
  • Have the ability to develop leadership competencies in an organization

Teaching methods

  • Interactive classroom teaching
  • Group study and presentations
  • Elaborating a personal action plan on leadership and culture
  • Study of theory

Follow up

Participants can apply for support on implementing the learning outcomes by:

  • Personal coaching (live or E-coaching)
  • Implementation advisory
  • Follow up sessions

The classes are interactive with group assignments, case studies, discussions and presentations. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences to be reflected on. Each day some theory and new inspiring models will be presented to give input to the discussions and as a basis for further personal knowledge and insight. The professor will be there to support and feed this process and will keep track of progress by asking the participants to contribute to discussions and group presentations. By the end of the masterclass, all individuals must be able to translate the content of the masterclass to an applicable guide for implementation of actions in their own situation.


Content of classroom teaching


Leadership and management

What is leadership?

How does it differ from management, training and coaching?

Development of the different styles in leadership that are the most relevant in 21st century:

  • Knowledge leadership
  • Servant leadership
  • Charismatic leadership
  • Authentic leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Shared leadership

The context of leadership (“The Big Picture’)

  • Roles of leadership
  • Strategic leadership in a company
  • To lead on motivation and behaviour
  • Leadership as part of culture and HRM


Corporate leadership and culture

What is the difference between the internal and external part of corporate leadership?

From collaboration culture to a winning culture!

External behaviour of corporate leadership. The role of the stakeholders.

Internal behaviour in leadership. Inspiring people. Relation to personal leadership.

Relation to Strategy and policy, goalsetting and values.


Personal leadership; performance and motivation

1.      Basics of energy and performance

2.      EQ; Social intelligence a gift or can we learn how to practice and apply it?

Theory and models on motivation

3.      Talent

What is talent?

Basics of talent and culture

4.      Team essentials

Goalsetting and goal allignment



Personal leadership; identity, values and ambition

How to understand the deeper layers of people? Theory to understand their identity, values and ambition.

Effect of the strategy match (positive and negative)

Effect of the identity match (positive and negative)

Optimal use of qualities, abilities and motivation of people by fulfilling deeper layers of satisfaction and reward

Admission Requirements

To follow this program, you should have relevant work experience.

This program makes it possible to take the next step to realize your career ambitions or be a steppingstone to our complete MBA.

Language Requirements

Lectures, coaching and literature is given in English. If you do not have a sufficient level of English to be able to follow the lectures, on request, we can provide a translation into Czech for you.

Program Accreditation

On successful completion of this program, you will receive a Certificate of Post Academic Business Administration from the NVAO accredited university 'Netherlands Business Academy'.

These certificates represent a minimum of 6 ECTS and will offer you dispensations when following the complete MBA.

Duration and Study Load

The Masterclass Leadership consists of 4 days of lectures sessions and trainings.

Outside of college hours, you should expect an average study workload of 10 hours per week.

Lecture Days

This study program starts with a kick-off course from 26th to 29th of April 2023.

Lectures in this distance study program will be provided through online learning on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. Consultation meetings will take place Tuesday mornings. Together with your fellow participants, you will work on cases and assignments, prepare presentations, and comment on each other’s work. The study load is 10 hours of self-study per week. If you want more detailed information about the timetable of this study program, please contact info@ilba.academy.


Contact days in the Czech Republic will be attended in Prague.


Literature, lectures, and coaching is given in English. If you do not have a sufficient level of English to be able to follow the lectures, on request, we can provide a translation into Czech for you. 


The total educational costs are 1350 €. This does not include literature, living costs, accommodation costs and VAT.

Payment in instalments is possible. If you require more detailed information about financial options, please contact: info@ilba.academy

Core teachers:

  • Prof. Jan van Zwieten RI RA RO

Other teachers:

  • Robin Smit MBA
  • Dr. Eugene Valentijn DBA MBA
  • Dr. Karin Manuel Ph.D., MBA

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