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Leiden Leadership Programme

During the LLP, Master’s students from a wide range of studies partake in lectures and trainings. They apply the acquired knowledge and skills in a practical assignment for a company or an organisation. Through this, students learn to make an impact within a relevant social theme. The programme (15 ECTS), for which international students can also register, starts in November and ends in June.

General information

General information

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme for ambitious, talented master’s students from Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. In this programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge, insights and skills required for the practice of leadership through seminars, skills training and a consultancy assignment. In so doing, it increases your societal impact.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme relate to acquiring knowledge and insight, honing interdisciplinary skills, and developing accurate judgment for relevant leadership problems:

  • You gain knowledge on leadership theory and conduct empirical research into various topical leadership problems, and learn how to apply these insights to the analysis of topical problems within your own discipline;

  • You aquire the skills to have an impact and effect on situations in everyday life;

  • You develop a framework for weighing choices related to leadership problems, and you can reflect on your own contribution within a professional and societal context based on that framework.

Language

The programme is taught in English, with one component, the Leadership Lab, offered in Dutch as well.

Programme setup

The Leiden Leadership Programme consists of 15 EC and is made up of a core element called LLP Essentials (5 EC), to be complemented with a Leadership Lab (4 EC) and two electives (each 3 EC).

In the LLP Essentials, the fundamental aspects of leadership are covered in a series of lectures, provided by scientists and experts from the field.

There are four Leadership Labs, all linked to relevant questions surrounding four societal issues. You chose one of these Leadership Labs and work on a question from one of our partner organisations. Moreover, you work on (further) developing your leadership skills which contributes to successfully completing your assigned assignment.

You also choose two out of six electives. All electives focus on a specific leadership style.

The programme takes place between November and June. All classes take place in the evening, between 5:15 pm and 7:00 pm, and between 7:15 pm and 9:00 pm. We strive to organise the classes on campus as often as possible.

Examination

The marks you receive for every component (the LLP Essentials, one Leadership Lab and two electives) make up your final mark for the LLP.

By the end of the programme, you will have:

  • gained extensive knowledge on leadership theory

  • developed and practised leadership skills

  • gotten to know your own strengths and weaknesses

  • learned how to have an effective impact within an organisation

  • met unique people and started to curate your professional network

  • received 15 EC for extracurricular activities on your Diploma Supplement as well as an honours certificate

Expenses

There are no additional costs related to this programme.

Contact

Leiden Leadership Programme – Leadership@ha.leidenuniv.nl

LLP Essentials

Programme

This component will cover the fundamental aspects of leadership through a series of lectures given by scientists. In addition, some lectures are given by real-life leaders: the Leiden Leadership Lectures. These guest lectures are open to attend for any master’s student.

These lectures are plenary and take place between November and June.

Objectives

  1. The student gains knowledge on leadership theory and conducts empirical research into various topical leadership problems, and learns how to apply these insights to the analysis of topical problems within one's own discipline;
  2. The student aquires the skills to have an impact and effect on situations in everyday life;
  3. The student develops a framework for weighing choices related to leadership problems, and can reflect on one's own contribution within a professional and societal context based on that framework.

Form of education

  • The total study load for this component is 5 EC (140 hours, of which an important part is for self-study).

  • The LLP Essentials consist of lectures by lecturers from different disciplines and Leiden Leadership Lectures by practical speakers.

  • Attendance is mandatory.

  • Language: English

Examination

  • Online individual assignment

  • Reflection report (mandatory for students who want to complete the full program)

Completed partial marks are only valid in the current academic year.

The programme takes place alongside a regular master's degree. The extracurricular credits cannot count towards the completion of a study programme. After successful completion of this component, this can be stated on your diploma supplement. You will receive an Honours certificate if you have completed all parts of the LLP with at least a pass.

Literature

Scientific articles (literature list via Brightspace).

Teachers

Sandra Groeneveld and Ben Kuipers

Leadership Lab

Programme

In the Leadership Lab (4 EC) you will set out to tackle a topical problem presented by one of our partner organisations, and develop general leadership skills that contribute to a successful execution of the consultancy assignment.

The interdisciplinary Leadership Labs start in November and end in June. These sessions have a group size of approximately 25 students. The Labs are guided by teachers with experience in connecting science and practice.

There are four Leadership Labs, all linked to relevant questions surrounding four societal issues. These societal themes are:

  • Sustainability & Climate

  • Equality & Inclusion

  • Healthy Living & Well-being

  • Peace & Safety

The themes form the contextual framework within which current leadership issues are discussed. Every student brings their own unique expertise to the table, in order to come to an impactful result benefitting the partner organisation. This includes the expertise gained from the student’s regular master’s program, as well as the knowledge and skills acquired through the other components of the LLP.

The practical assignment

During the practical assignment, you will work in interdisciplinary and (inter)national student teams of an average of 5 students to solve a topical leadership issue within one of the partner organisations of the LLP. The practical assignment is about leadership (in a broad sense) and is linked to the theme of your lab.

The skills training

In addition to knowledge and insight, skills are also important for making an impact. The practiced skills can be applied directly in the practical assignment. In the trainings the following elements, among other things, are covered: listening, recognizing the question behind the question, dealing with conflicting interests, giving and receiving feedback, and convincingly conveying your results and story to other people.

Objectives

  1. The student gains knowledge on leadership theory and conducts empirical research into various topical leadership problems, and learns how to apply these insights to the analysis of topical problems within one's own discipline;
  2. The student aquires the skills to have an impact and effect on situations in everyday life;
  3. The student develops a framework for weighing choices related to leadership problems, and can reflect on one's own contribution within a professional and societal context based on that framework.

Form of education

  • The total study load for this component is 4 EC (112 hours).

  • The Leadership Lab consists of working groups, supervision, working in groups on the practical assignment and training.

  • Attendance is mandatory.

  • Language: both Dutch and English (you can choose).

Examination

  • The practical assignment is the assessment of the Leadership Lab. The student team must provide a concise advice report and a visual.

Completed partial marks are only valid in the current academic year.

The programme takes place alongside a regular master's degree. The extracurricular credits cannot count towards the completion of a study programme. After successful completion of this component, this can be stated on your diploma supplement. You will receive an honors certificate if you have completed all parts of the LLP with at least a pass.

Literature

Scientific articles (list of literature via Brightspace) and handouts.

Electives

Programme

You choose two of the six electives, in which you work in-depth with specific leadership themes.

Each Elective consists of lectures and skills training. During the lectures, various leadership theories are discussed and during the skills training you will start practicing and applying specific leadership skills, which are related to the theme of the chosen module.

The first round Electives (January-March) are (maximum 1 choice):

  • Business Leadership

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Public Leadership

The second round Electives (March-June) are (maximum 1 choice):

  • Digital Leadership

  • Community Leadership

  • Inclusive Leadership

Objectives

  1. The student gains knowledge on leadership theory and conducts empirical research into various topical leadership problems, and learns how to apply these insights to the analysis of topical problems within one's own discipline;
  2. The student develops a framework for weighing choices related to leadership problems, and can reflect on one's own contribution within a professional and societal context based on that framework.

Form of education

  • The total study load for this component is 3 EC (84 hours).

  • The Electives consist of lectures, skills training and self-study.

  • Attendance is mandatory.

  • These modules have a lecture or lecture format and are offered in English.

Examination

  • Online individual assignment

Completed partial marks are only valid in the current academic year.

he programme takes place alongside a regular master's degree. The extracurricular credits cannot count towards the completion of a study programme. After successful completion of this component, this can be stated on your diploma supplement. You will receive an Honours certificate if you have completed all parts of the LLP with at least a pass.

Literature

Scientific articles (list of literature via Brightspace).

Selection

The LLP has one starting moment each year. For the 2022-2023 academic year, that is November 7. The programme ends in June. Every year, approximately 200 students can start the Leiden Leadership Programme, but there are more applications. That is why a selection takes place.

Profile

You are eligible for the program if you recognize yourself in the following profile:

  • You are doing your master’s degree at Leiden University, Delft Technical University, or Erasmus University Rotterdam during the academic year 2022-2023;

  • Your schedule allows you to take part in an intense extra programme in addition to your regular master’s classes;

  • You have the ambition and the motivation to learn more about leadership (practice as well as theory);

  • Societal themes interest you. You are willing to look beyond your own discipline, and you want to work with students from different professional fields;

  • You are eager to make a concrete difference with other students within an organisation.

  • You are willing to critically reflect on your own development;

  • You have received good marks during your bachelor’s degree (>7,0) or have an explanation as to why you have not.

Application and deadlines

Applications for the academic year 2022-2023 open on the 1st of September, 2022. Due to the tight schedule needed for the selection process it is very important that you apply before the application deadline. The application deadline is 30 September 2022.

During the application process, we will ask you to state your preferred working language for the Leadership Lab. We will also ask you to list your Top 3 Leadership Labs and the electives that seem most interesting to you. The programme team will work hard to assign first and second picks to as many students as possible.

Students can apply starting from the 1st of September, 2022, by filling out the application form and supplying a number of attachments. The attachments required are:

  • Your motivation form (download the file here, open in Adobe, choose “enable all features” if needed, fill out and save the form);

  • Your curriculum vitae, in which you provide on no more than 2 pages, more information about your educational background (names, institutes, dates), and your extracurricular activities, with an emphasis on those with a societal impact. Think, for instance of summer jobs, committees, internships, volunteer work, any caretaking duties, having your own company, or living abroad.

  • A certified copy of your bachelor degree results (uSis printouts will not be accepted).

Selection

Selection takes place based on the written submissions and will start immediately after the application deadline. The programme has room for 200 students. Each academic year, we are able to admit a select number of students from Delft Technical University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Dean of the Honours Academy appoints a selection committee every year. The selection committee advises the Dean on which candidates should and shouldn’t be admitted.

Admission

You will be notified about whether or not you were admitted to the programme on 24 October at the latest (two weeks before the start of the programme). Once you are accepted you will receive your class schedule as soon as possible.