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Exceptional Leadership 

Make a Change

The course

Civil society has become a major force in bringing about social change and creating a positive impact. The civil society serves as a watchdog, an advocate for the excluded, a service provider and capacity builder for citizens, and even as an incubator for new ideas and innovations. Especially during this challenging times, civil society can use key insights and lessons learned from Covid-19 to embrace new opportunities and overcome challenges such as hunger, poverty, social injustice, and climate change. However, the pace of change and the influence of civil society highly depends on the capacity of Civil Society Organisations and their leadership. Therefore, exceptional leadership is ultimately the key to the success of an organization as well as social change. Some civil society leaders are good, while far fewer are truly exceptional. This course helps you explore what exceptional leaders do to make a difference.


This intensive course will include 3 modules that run over 3 months:

The new dates will be announced soon!

Each module will have 8 online sessions spread over 4 days in a row. Each day includes two sessions. One session is of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration.

For whom:

Leaders of Civil Society Organizations

Senior and Team Leaders of Civil Society Organizations

Course fees*:

EUR 1850/ person (plus VAT for EU residence)

*Special Discounts for groups and CSA alumni

15% group discount: 4 or more registrations from one organization

10% individual discount: For CSA alumni


  • Receive a Certificate of Exception

  • Individual coaching by experienced coaches

  • Take part in practical online assignments

  • Learn key concepts and powerful tools

  • Meet and learn from like-minded people

​What you'll learn

  • Reflection on your leadership skills and attitudes – your organisational leadership, team leadership, and self-leadership

  • Address important leadership challenges, i.e. improve your communication skills, enhance your team and organisational performance, or redefine key strategies and processes.

  • Explore with the powerful tools to navigate you, your team and your organisation during the current challenging times

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31 Aug, 2:00 pm IST
3 modules with 24 sessions & coaching


“It was a brilliant opportunity, and I reflected and learned a lot during the course. It includes the balance of the international and external situations and coherence between the mandate and field practices. As a result, it contributed to the shift of Save Cambodia’s Wildlife towards developing its “Social Entrepreneurship Strategy” and a sustainable role in contributing to the protection of forest and wildlife habitat in Cambodia.”

Tep Boonny

Executive Director, Save Cambodia's Wildlife

Meet the facilitators

Dirk Reber

A facilitator, trainer, mentor, and coach with extensive experience in civil society

Dirk is committed to the civil society sector for more than 25 years. With his passion, positive energy, optimism, and autonomy, he likes to see people grow and find their true meaning of values. His international experience in different leadership positions throughout Asia and Africa qualifies him as facilitator, trainer, and coach: preferably with you in one of the CSA courses, otherwise as an outdoor trainer. Dirk's center is his family and nature. He has the roles of facilitator and coach. With a professional background in economics, sociology, and rural development, Dirk is committed to the civil society for over 20 years. Being with Welthungerhilfe since 2003, he worked in consultancy and leadership positions throughout Asia: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, and North Korea. He will facilitate the training courses in South East Asia.

Joachim Schwarz

An experienced facilitator, trainer and professionally trained coach

Joachim is passionate about social justice and on a mission to support like-minded civil society actors and social entrepreneurs to become more powerful and innovative. Hence, in 2014 he left his NGO career to build the Civil Society Academy. He is an outstanding facilitator and coach with expertise in social innovation, leadership, organisational change, and advocacy. After 20+ years in Africa and Asia, he is now based in Berlin.

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