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After the welcome by dr. Ben Kuipers and Prof. Sandra Groeneveld, the conference will start with a keynote speech by Prof. John Antonakis, a worldwide renown expert in the area of charismatic leadership. Subsequently, academics, practitioners and students take part in seminars and workshops about a variety of leadership topics and a closing panel debate. 

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Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection

Sander Dekker

Sander Dekker is a Dutch politician serving as Minister for Legal Protection in the cabinet since 26 October 2017. He previously served as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the cabinet of 2012 until 2017. Dekker was born in The Hague and studied Public Administration at Leiden University from 1993 until 1999.

Arjen Boin, Professor of Public Institutions and Governance

Arjen Boin

Arjen Boin is Professor of Public Institutions and Governance at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. Before he moved to Leiden, he was a professor of public governance and crisis management at the Utrecht School of Governance and associate professor at the Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University.

Arjen Boin has published widely on topics of crisis and disaster management, leadership, institutional design and organizational issues. His most recent book, Managing Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana State University Press, 2019), investigates the lessons that should be learned from this mega-disaster. His other books include The Politics of Crisis Management (Cambridge University Press, winner of APSA’s Herbert A. Simon book award), Governing after Crisis (Cambridge UP, 2008), Crisis Management: A Three Volume Set of Essential Readings (Sage, 2008), Designing Resilience (Pittsburgh UP, 2010), MegaCrises (Charles C Thomas, 2012) and The EU as Crisis Manager: Patterns and Prospects (Cambridge UP, 2013).

Check out the PUPOL2020 Keynote with Sander Dekker (Minister for Legal Protection) and Prof. Arjen Boin

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Sandra Groeneveld, Professor in Public Management

Sandra Groeneveld

Sandra Groeneveld is a Professor in Public Management of the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. She teaches in the fields of organization theory and public management as well as on research methodology and quantitative research methods and techniques. Her research interests include the structure and management of public organizations, focusing particularly on questions of representative bureaucracy, diversity management, leadership and organizational change. 

Ben Kuipers, Director of the Leiden Leadership Centre

Dr. Ben Kuipers, Director of the Leiden Leadership Centre

Ben Kuipers is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration. In his research and teaching, Ben focuses on public leadership, teamwork, and change in the public sector. The connection between science and practice play an important role in his work.

John Antonakis, Professor of Organizational Behavior

Prof. John Antonakis

John Antonakis will give the keynote speech with the title: 'Charisma: What is it and does it matter?'

Professor Antonakis is of Swiss, Greek, and South-African nationality. He is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He frequently consults and provides talks, trainings, and workshops to private and public organizations on leadership and human resources issues.

He has published in a variety of top journals, including Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, The Leadership QuarterlyHarvard Business Review and many others. He has also published three books. His research has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, NEWSWEEK, TIME, BBC News, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, Fast Company and many hundreds of other news sources, including TV and Radio.

Check out the extensive work of John Antonakis here or any of the video's below:

Check out the Keynote by Prof. John Antonakis

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John Antonakis - Let's face it: Charisma matters

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Nowadays, public leaders operate in a dynamic and complex operating environment. Operating effectively requires public leaders to master and display a variety of sometimes competing roles, values, and skills. In this session, the convenors will share their views and insights about the state and future of public leadership and how public sectors have to recruit, develop, and train (future) public leaders.

Why do some governments perform so much better than others? Can we identify magic bullets? To what extent can we transfer public management lessons from one region to another? For over 15 years, Zeger van der Wal has been passionately pursuing these questions in his research, teaching, and consulting activities.

Prof. Zeger van der Wal and Jacqueline Kuyvenhoven will give this seminar.
Zeger van der Wal is Ien Dales professor at the institute of Public Administration at Leiden University and is simultaneously connected to the National University of Singapore. In addition, Zeger works as an independent adviser in the field of public administration and is an expert on global public management. He focuses on the roles, values, and competences of public managers in a changing working environment with special attention to administrative craftsmanship and the importance of core values and integrity.

Drs. Jacqueline Kuyvenhoven is the managing director of a program called "The ministry of Justice and Safety changes". She started this program in February 2016. The main goal of this program is to be an open and transparant organization, which is a reliable partner for citizens, companies and media, and delivers results in a changing society. To accomplish that, the approach of the program is on shared strategy, work culture and methods, and organizational changes. Strategic leadership is an essential part of making the change. Before she started the program, Jacqueline managed "Policy and Strategy"at the Custodial Institutions Service, where she also leaded a strategic change program. 

Dealing with COVID-19 has been a major challenge for managers and professionals alike. The crisis is an example of disruptive developments that will impact health care organizations right now and in the long run. Based on recent research on the impact of COVID-19 and other studies, Suzan van der Pas and Eduard Schmidt share insights on leadership in health care organizations. Using concrete examples, they show what health care organizations can learn from leadership studies. Their work is part of the interdisciplinary program on Population Health Management, coordinated by prof. Jet Bussemaker and prof. Sandra Groeneveld.

Dr. Eduard Schmidt is assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration. His research and teaching focuses on leadership, organizational change and public value. Currently, he analyses the impact of COVID-19 on leadership, collaboration and knowledge exchange in health care organizations.

Dr. Suzan van der Pas is Senior Researcher at the department of Public Health at the LUMC. Her research and education focuses on innovation, collaboration and learning. Currently, Suzan van der Pas studies the impact of COVID-19 on innovation processes and collaboration in health care. 

During this 60-minute PUPOL session, René and Lara will share their thoughts on current leadership challenges and the MAD (Making A Difference) leadership philosophy. They will also introduce the well-tested PLC framework (Public Leadership Challenge) for you to take away and utilise in your own way.

René de Jong is chairman of the Public Leadership Foundation. he works to promote and develop the new kind of leadership our society needs today. He shifts the focus from leaders at a formal leadership position, to leadership defined as an action or even a responsibility we all have to make a difference in the public sphere.

Lara van Osch is a PhD candidate within the program 'Furthering Public Leadership' at the Leiden Leadership Centre, and a board member of the Public Leadership Foundation. Lara strives to strengthen a sense of responsibility to contribute to a better world, and to facilitate an ongoing energizing and encouraging learning process. What can leadership do to take care of the public? 

Following a crisis, questions are often raised how and why this crisis could have happened. More often than not, these questions will result in a blame game, where actors are trying to survive the political fallout. Some actors are able to survive this blame game whereas others do not. They either resign or are fired.

This workshop is aimed at those who want to understand how the accountability process following crises works. The workshop consists of a presentation followed by discussion. During the presentation, the following questions will be answered:
•    Who will get blamed and why?
•    How much blame will this person receive and why?
•    How can one respond to blame? 
•    Why do these blame responses not always work?

This workshop will be live streamed for our participants, but will not be recorded. Therefore, it is not possible to watch it afterwards.

Sandra Resodihardjo is an assistant professor in Public Administration at Radboud University. She is an editorial board member of Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. Her research focuses on crises management, particularly accountability following crises (i.e., blame games), resilience, and crisis networks. She recently published Crises, Inquiries and the Politics of Blame (Palgrave Macmillan).

During this plenary panel debate, panel members will discuss how to progress leadership in both science and practice. The panel members are:

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