In the last 7 years, 150 leaders went through this course. Nearly all stated that this was the most important course in their career. Some called it a life-changing experience.
In today’s rapidly changing environment, civil society organizations need leaders who are not only visionary and strategic thinkers, but also those who create relationships across differences, foster leadership in others, and act collectively in response to change. Effective leaders are those who create a vision for the future, work well with a team, enable their team’s success, and demonstrate flexibility. Exceptional Leadership is, therefore, the key to lasting social change.
Our Exceptional Leadership Masterclass was designed for civil society leaders like you to elevate your leadership to the next level - by reflecting on your current practice and inspiring you to go further.
How do we learn together?
The masterclass is based on our powerful Exceptional Leadership Model for personal and organizational mastery for social change.
In our masterclass we use specific methods and tools:
Self and group reflections
International peer group exchange
Role-plays and scenarios
Between the two modules you will have:
Personal mentoring and coaching
During the masterclass, you will be inspired by other exceptional leaders and eminent guest speakers.
Key TOPICs of the training
Gain greater self-awareness
Align your engagement with civil society with your values and your life purpose
Embark on a transformative journey to reflect on your leadership skills and attitudes
Understand the role of coaching in leading successful civil society organizations
Learn coaching skills including GROW, “the coaching habit” of asking powerful questions, thinking positively, and the power of empathy
Forget about commanding and giving “good” advice and learn to empower the people around you
After the masterclass
You know yourself and your organization much better
You have new strategies in mind to create an impact in the world.
You understand the changes that matter to you and your organizations
You can build commitment and motivation for change, in yourself and among others
You can use and implement strategy tools for your cause
You can work with tools that help you to communicate better, manage better, get more resources, and monitor and maintain change
You have found new like-minded peers
Analysis of self- and team leadership and reflection on your individual management style
Organisational leadership and phases of organisational development
Understanding Civil Society: concepts, history, definitions, and global and local trends
The rights-based approach versus the community-based approach to development
Exchange and in-depth reflections on your organisation and your leadership within the context of civil society
Inter-personal communication and master the art of conflict management
Case studies and interaction with resource persons
Deepening the understanding of leadership and civil society: creating impact
Owning responsibility as a key process in your organization
Process and Change management
Power of partnerships and networks
Addressing challenges or seizing opportunities related to your personal priorities
Individualized planning for continued leadership development
Our Exceptional Leadership Masterclass is designed for leaders of civil society organizations who want to thrive as responsive and holistic leaders.
Groups of four or more people
EUR 3250 p.P*
Fee includes accommodation
EUR 2925 p.P*
Fee includes accommodation
*excluding VAT if Applicable | MODE OF PAYMENT: bank transfer
This Masterclass includes
92 hours of training, split into 12 days into two modules | Personal Coaching session in between the modules | All training materials and reader | Accommodation costs as well as three meals per day, drinks, and snacks while in training are included | Masterclass Certificate Exceptional Leadership
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, organizational change, and advocacy. After more than 20 years in Africa and Asia, he is now based in Berlin.
Sohini has a Social Science background with master degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector supporting the work of many social change organizations on issues of local self-governance, right to information, and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks. Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are enthusiastic and ready to learn - this is reflected in her facilitation style.
What fellow pioneers share about the Masterclass Exceptional Leadership
John P. Nelson, Executive Director Indo-Global Social Service Society
"I highly recommend the course to everyone who is looking for an innovative change in leadership style."
Tiringo K. Gabriel, Head of Programmes, Welthungerhilfe Ethiopia
“It was a great experience to meet and interact with leaders from different countries. Many thanks for the great facilitation and the unforgettable memories.”
Ishret Wahid, Senior Coordinator, Care Bangladesh
“After the course, many things have changed in my life.”