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The Art of Leadership 

Broaden your horizons

The course​

The Art of Leadership is a social process that includes the ability to inspire, motivate, and influence others. It includes the ability to solve problems, be innovative, and above all be able to guide a group of people into achieving goals.

Whether you are the leader of an organization, a department or team, or just yourself, having the skills to motivate, inspire, and move people to action is essential.  While using tools provided in this course, you will explore what motivates others, assess your leadership style and examine communications within your team. With the completion of an action plan at the end of each module, you will be able to apply what you have learned to your own organization.

This course is divided into 3 different compulsory modules and coaching. They will take you step by step from having a better understanding of yourself, to be more self-aware, your team to developing and building on your leadership style, building trust and respect.

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:

The course is designed for experienced humanitarian professionals and NGO executives who want to achieve the next level of proficiency in leadership and team management, upgrade critical skills, needed for that.

Course fees*:

EUR 950/ 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


​What you'll learn

  • The creative blend between leadership and management

  • To identify and improve your leadership style 

  • How to connect with people and communicate effectively

  • Develop the ability to give constructive feedback and feed-forward and critically see the feedback of your team  

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Session Plan

Module 1: Self-leadership

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome and warm-up- get to know each other
  • Introduction to the course
  • Expectations
  • The navigation tool for the workshop
  • As a Leader you only have one tool- Yourself!

Session 2: Self-Awareness

  • Awareness about yourself
  • Personality Styles

Session 3: Personal Values and Vision

  • Personal Values and Vision and why it is important to know about it

Session 4: Civil Society I

  • Definition of Civil Society
  • History of Civil Society
  • Why Civil Society is important? The 6 reasons
  • Roles and Interrelations
  • Homework

Session 5: Self-Organization I

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Session 6: Self-Organization II

  • Work-Life Balance
  • Personal Flow and Resilience
  • Emotional Intelligence

Session 7: Personal Change

  • Insights and tools on how to change habits, attitudes and behavior

Session 8: Performance Management: Group Coaching

  • Group Coaching & Ground Rules of Group Coaching
  • Establishing Coaching Groups
  • Assignments and Homework for Module 2
  • Evaluation Module 1 & Preview of Module 2
  • Farewell and Closure

Module 2: Team Leadership

Session 1: Welcome - Creative Blend between Leadership and Management

  • Welcome, Objectives, Overview of Module
  • Bringing the group together
  • Expectations
  • Differences between Leadership and Management
  • Self-assessment

Session 2: Ingredients of Great Leaders

  • How to foster Contribution, Engagement, Trust, Respect and Empathy in teams
  • Emotional Intelligence

Session 3: Rights Based Approach

  • Development Paradigms
  • Storytelling: Community development versus rights-based approach
  • State roles: Respect, protect, fulfil

Session 4: Phases of Group Development and Daily Operational Management

  • Phases of Group Development
  • Day-to-day tasks of a Team Leader

Session 5: Decision-Making Process in Teams

  • Decision-making process in teams
  • Meetings

Session 6: The Social Art of Leading People

  • 4 Styles of Managing People

Session 7: Values

  • Understanding values
  • Your personal values

Session 8: Evaluation and Way Forward

  • Credo for Exceptional Leadership
  • Evaluation and Closing

Module 3: Organizational Leadership

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome, Objectives, Overview of Module
  • Bringing the group together
  • Helix Model for organisational coherence (the theoretical part)

Session 2: The Helix Model

  • Helix Model for organisational coherence (the implementation part)
  • Reinventing Organisations

Session 3: A Model for Organizational Change

  • A practical tool how change in organizations is possible

Session 4: Advocacy

  • Definition Advocacy
  • Case Studies: Advocacy Campaigns
  • Advocacy Canvas
  • Social Accountability

Session 5: Case Studies

  • Presentations with feedforward

Session 6: Exceptional organizations

  • Tools to make organizations fly and flow
  • What are the success factors for exceptional organizations?
  • Happiness/love at work

Session 7: Social Innovation

  • Innovation
  • Social entrepreneurship

Session 8: Evaluation and Way Forward

  • Feed Forward
  • Way Forward and Personal Development Plan
  • Evaluation and Closing


What others say about us

"Before attending the training, I had a basic knowledge of what civil society is and how to play a positive role as a leader to improve our society. Attending the course provided me with the opportunity to build my capacity and improve my effectiveness as a leader."

Samiullah Naseri

Country Director CCAP at HRDA, Afghanistan

Meet the facilitators

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Petra Speier-Werner

An experienced facilitator, trainer and mentor

Petra’s mission is to be a source of inspiration and love that holds a space for everyone to grow and flow. She has been working in different sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Being an organizational psychologist, economist, and political scientist with a doctorate in change management, her trainings, lectures, and coaching are nurtured with her interdisciplinary approach. She will facilitate the training courses in Africa.

Sohini Paul

An experienced facilitator, trainer and coach (offline, online, and blended courses)

As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and human rights-based approach.  

Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s 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, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working 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 ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.

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