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exceptional leadership

Create impact and legacy for a better world


Civil Society is like a social fabric that provides stability to each society worldwide. It creates a space where people talk, engage, and support each other. Civil Society creates impact and legacy for a better world, and it provides essential functions within each society. They monitor the state and private sector. They advocate for citizens’ rights. They provide social services and solidarity. And they develop and promote alternatives to existing mainstream approaches to grow towards a more impactful direction.


Exceptional Leadership is the key to lasting social change. We have created the Exceptional Leadership Masterclass to develop people like you into a new leadership role. In a direction that not only brings greater impact and change, but also allows you and your team to grow collectively

12 Days

two modules





six days

each module

ends with


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

  • Interactive games

Between the two modules you will have:

  • Personal mentoring and coaching

In the modules of the masterclass you will be inspired by other exceptional leaders and eminent guest speakers.

Key fields of the training

In the Exceptional Leadership Masterclass you will focus to

  • Gain greater self-awareness

  • Align your engagement for civil society with your values and your life purpose

  • Embark to a transformative journey to reflect your leadership skills and attitudes

  • Understand the role of coaching in successful civil society organizations

  • Learn coaching skills including GROW, “the coaching habit” of asking powerful questions, thinking positive, 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 trend

  • The rights-based approach versus the community-based approach to developmen

  • Exchange and in-depth reflections on your organisation and your leadership within the

  • context of civil society

  • 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 seize opportunities related to your personal priorities

  • Innovation processes

  • Individualized planning for continued leadership development

Modules overview

Our Exceptional Leadership Masterclass is designed for leaders of civil society organizations who wants to thrive as a responsive and holistic leader.

Training Fee

Groups of four or more people

EUR 2800 p.P

Fee includes accomodation

and meals

EUR 2520 p.P

Fee includes accomodation

and meals


This Masterclass includes

92 hours of training, split into 12 days in two modules | Personal Coaching session in between the modules | All training material and reader | Accomodation costs as well as three meals per day, drinks and snacks while in training are included | Masterclass Certificate Exceptional Leadership


Masterclass Exceptional Leadership
Training Schedule

Masterclass No. 1

ModulE ONE

May 16 - 21

Location: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Language: English



ModulE TWO

July 04-09

Location: Kenya, Nairobi

Language: English

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Joachim schwarz

Joachim's mission is to support like-minded civil society actors and social entrepreneurs to become more powerful and innovative. This mission drove him to leave his NGO career, focussing on his passion for social justice and building the civil society academy in 2014. Since then, he has been developing individually designed concepts and new training formats to empower social pioneers to kick-start their projects in a more efficient and future-proof way. Based in Berlin, his heart beats for Africa and Asia, where he lived for two decades and coached individuals and organizations on social innovation, leadership, organizational change, and advocacy for the past eight years.

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dirk reber

Dirk has been 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 a 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.

Experience Board
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 the 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 things have changed in my life”