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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 an impact and legacy for a better world, and it provides essential functions within each society. They monitor the state and private sectors. They advocate for citizens’ rights. They provide social services and solidarity. And they develop and promote alternatives to existing mainstream approaches to growing 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

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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 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

  • 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

  • Innovation processes

  • Individualized planning for continued leadership development

Modules overview

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

Training Fee

Groups of four or more people

EUR 3250 p.P*

Fee includes accommodation

and meals

EUR 2925 p.P*

Fee includes accommodation

and meals

*excluding VAT if Applicable

Schedule & Pricing

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

Masterclass Exceptional Leadership
Training Schedule 2023

Masterclass No. 1

Module ONE

June 12-17, 2023

Location: India

Language: English



ModulE TWO

September 25-30, 2023

Location: Kenya

Language: English


Sohini Paul

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.

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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 purpose and values. His empathy and international experience in leadership positions throughout Asia and Africa made him an exceptional facilitator, trainer, and coach: Dirk would love to work with you in this CSA course. In addition, he is also a qualified outdoor trainer. His family and nature are central to Dirk's life.

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 leadership style."

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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.”

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Ishret Wahid, Senior Coordinator, Care Bangladesh

“After the course, many things have changed in my life.”

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