Take the lead in

Connecting Leadership

Practical information

Price€ 2.195 (excl. VAT)
Start date18 April 2023
Period10 weeks
Learning methodSelf-paced, interactive & individual online learning. Live kick-off and graduation event
Extra's3-month subscription to De Tijd

Prepare for the challenges ahead with connecting leadership

Any organization can make investments and tap into more-or-less similar resources in preparing for an unpredictable future. It’s how you connect it all up that ultimately makes the difference. Connecting Leadership is all about embracing with confidence the paradoxes of today’s complex reality and converting uncertainty and disruption into sources of energy for personal and organizational growth. Connecting Leadership is a philosophy that nurtures you to become your best self – and every individual in your organization to bring their authentic, effective selves to the table.

In just 10 weeks, you will learn what connecting leadership is, embrace a leadership mindset and become empowered to make better decisions. All of this while preparing for a challenging future by building a strong and healthy culture in your team and developing actions plan both at personal and organizational levels.

What to expect

01 Online learning programme

This program will focus on the four main types of connections: Purpose, People, Goals and Future. Every connection is split into two dimensions of leadership: the individual one and the collective one.

Connecting purpose involves uniting varying viewpoints and paradoxes across the organization into a common direction articulated in a clear shared purpose and values.

Connecting people leads to interrelationships and collaboration. These emerge when the organization provides a safe and nurturing culture.

Connecting with goals leads to decision-making and accountability, with individuals receiving the requisite performance coaching.

Connecting with the future produces change, identifying the skills the organization will need to reach its goals. These connections take place when strategic leadership is nurtured.

Module 1

Discovering your purpose

Connect with your individual purpose
Reflect on your personal leadership journey

Module 2

Building an effective team

Discover ways how to build deeper connections with people you work with
Build efficient dynamics while leading diverse and virtual teams

Module 3


Understand the importance of stimulating a coaching culture
Apply goal-setting and feedback frameworks

Module 4

Cultivate future skills

Reflect on the skills you and your team need to thrive in the future

Module 5

Shared purpose

Reflect on organizational aspirations and how they fit with your individual journey
Get insights into how you can create a meaningful collective purpose

Module 6

Shaping your culture

Understand the key elements of a team’s/organizational culture and reflect on the “as is” and “to be” culture of your own team/organization
Determine actions to shape the culture you need to meet your team’s/organization’s aspirations

Module 7

Decision making

Learn specific steps to improve individual decision making
Appreciate ways in which group decision making is done

Module 8

Leading change

Develop an understanding of adaptive leadership
Get insights in some of the behaviours of adaptive leadership that can make organisational change happen

02 Interactive events

During the programme, you will have the opportunity to attend 2 physical events and 3 highly interactive online events. In these you will be asked to participate actively in live Q&A sessions, case studies, panel discussions and assignments. You will also have the possibility to interact and network with experts and peers.

The programme starts with a live kick-off event. Draw inspiration from our keynote speaker, enjoy a thought-provoking panel discussion and network with your peers.

6:30 P.M. – 9:45 P.M.

Tour & Taxis – Maison de La Poste, Picardstraat 7, 1000 Brussels

In this session we will dive deeper into ‘Building connection’ by means of improvisation exercises.

12.30 P.M. - 1.30 P.M.

Gain a deeper understanding of the learning content of the latest module by interacting with your peers and Vlerick faculty.

12.30 P.M. - 1.30 P.M.

We close this online journey with a final inspirational message.

12.30 P.M. - 1.30 P.M.

We conclude the programme with a festive graduation event. Let our top-notch keynote speakers tickle your brain, and raise a glass with your peers.

7 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

Vlerick Brussels Campus, Bolwerklaan 21, 1210 Brussels

03 Peer learning

Become part of the committed Take the Lead learning community. Learn with - and from - your peers in lively discussions and group activities.

04 Networking

Designed for professionals with diverse background and experiences, both persons in leadership positions and prospective leaders.

Why you should participate

  1. To acquire the skills to become a connecting leader and take your team to the next level.
  2. To build a personal network of leading professionals.
  3. To learn from the Vlerick Business School’s international faculty and business  experts.
  4. To experience learning in a highly flexible programme, giving you the space to develop your skills and take them back to your business.
  5. To obtain Vlerick Business School’s official ‘Connecting Leadership’ certificate.

Meet our VBS faculty for
Connecting Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of leadership

Smaranda Boros

Professor of intercultural management & organizational behaviour

Koen Dewettinck

Professor of management practice in human resources management

Ralf Wetzel

Professor of organization and applied arts

Jia Li

Professor of organizational behaviour

David Patient

Professor of leadership

Barney Jordaan

Professor of management practice in negotiation and mediation

Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of organizational behaviour

Jean Vanhoegaerden

Professor of change management

Katleen De Stobbeleir, programme director, on Connecting Leadership

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