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Leiden Leadership Centre

Events & Activities

The LLC brings together academia and practice by organizing events on public leadership – such as Leiden Leadership Lunches, (international) conferences and in the Leiden Leadership Podcast – inviting both academic scholars and practitioners.

In the overview below you can find the eventseries the Leiden Leadership Centre currently hosts. Please click here for all upcoming events. An overview of past events can be found here.

During Leiden Leadership Lunches, guest speakers reflect on relevant topical issues based upon their research or professional experience followed by a round-table discussion.

Check out the Leiden Leadership Lunch - event series page here (in Dutch).

The Leiden Leadership Centre participates in and organizes (international) conferences.

PUPOL2020: Leadership in Progress - 15 and 16 October 2020

On 15 and 16 October 2020 we organized the PUPOL Online Conference: ‘Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership’. We had a great programme (with lots of interesting keynotes, workshops and panel sessions). 


Wednesday 14 October 2020: Pre-conference

Time: Activity
20:00-22:00 Early Career Network Event


Thursday 15 October 2020: PUPOL Conference Day 1

 Time:  Activity:
 09:00 - 9:30  Online walk-in 
 09:30 - 10:00  Opening and introduction: Prof. Sandra Groeneveld and Dr. Ben Kuipers (Leiden Leadership Centre)
 10:00 - 11:00  Keynote speakers: Prof. Arjen Boin and Sander Dekker (Minister for Legal Protection)
 11:00 - 12:00  Panel sessions (1.1)
 12:00 - 13:15 Lunch break
 13:15 - 13:25  Opening for practitioners and students 'Science meets Practice'
 13:25 - 14:15  Keynote by Prof. John Antonakis
 14:15 - 15:15  Seminar, workshop and panel sessions (1.2)
 15:15 - 15:30  Short break 
 15:30 - 16:30  Seminar, workshop and panel sessions (1.3)
16:30-17:30 Plenary Panel Debate


Friday 16 October 2020: PUPOL Conference Day 2

 Time:  Activity
 09:30 - 11:00  Panel sessions (2.1)
 11:00 - 11:10  Short break
 11:10 - 12:30  Panel sessions (2.2)
 12:30 - 13:30  Plenary closing session

Theme: Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership

The increasing complexity of issues and challenges we are facing in the public domain is raising a call for a better understanding and development of the role of leadership. As policies, structures, systems and laws alone are not the answer, we require knowledge and learning about public and political leadership that is much more in depth and meets the demands that actors and institutes are confronted with in real life.

Notions that leadership can be seen as distributed, shared, a process, behavioral, network-based and often in between functions, organizations and nations provide us with exciting new perspectives and research questions. Closer collaboration between different disciplines and professions both in academia and practice together will advance our understanding and the development of public and political leadership.

PUPOL2020: Leadership in Progress

More information on theme, speakers and programme

Download the PUPOL-flyer here

Conference Leadership Crossing Boundaries

Within the scope of the Leadership Crossing Boundaries project, the LLC held a conference in The Hague on 9 and 10 November 2017.The focus of this inspiring conference was sharing and developing knowledge on public leadership. Academics from the Netherlands and abroad, students from various degree programmes and representatives of various organisations from the practice came together to discuss innovative and active working methods in public leadership.

Leadership Crossing Boundaries

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Maarten Schurink (Chair of the Board, Sociale Verzekeringsbank) and Koen de Snoo (Deputy Town Clerk, The Hague) spoke about the experiences of and leadership questions in their organisations and how they give shape to these in practice.

International academics also revealed their insights. Stefan Boye (Aarhus University) took part in the panel discussion and gave a workshop on change leadership together with Dr Ben Kuipers. The panel responded to video contributions from Prof. Lotte Bøgh Andersen (Aarhus University), Prof. Rune Todnem By (Staffordshire University) and Prof. Sonia Ospina (NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service).  

Prof. Sandra GroeneveldDr. Ben KuipersDr. Bert Fraussen en Tanachia Ashikali have been actively involved in the LLC’s Leadership Crossing Boundaries project. They shared their learnings about public leadership in the workshops and panel discussion.

The LLC and its partners continue to actively bring together academia and practice through the  ‘Leiden Leadership Network’ on LinkedIn by organising follow-up workshops and by implementing the research and development agenda. 

Leadership Crossing Boundaries Webpage

Check out the webpage for more information on the programme, photos and speakers.

Go to the Conference Webpage

The Leiden Leadership Centre regularly presents a new episode of the Leiden Leadership Podcast in which researchers and practitioners meet to discuss and reflect upon developments and challenges in daily practice.

Leiden Leadership Podcast Episode 5

Leadership and Purposive Working (Dutch)

Check out the Podcast here

Leiden Leadership Podcast Episode 4

Leadership and the Power of Cooperation (Dutch)

Check out the Podcast here

Leiden Leadership Podcast Episode 3

Leadership in Sports (Dutch)

Check out the Podcast here

Leiden Leadership Podcast Episode 2

Leadership and Working from Home: Enhancing Individuals in a Dynamic Work Context

Check out the Podcast here

Leiden Leadership Podcast Episode 1

Leadership in the Healthcare Domain

Check out the Podcast here
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