Organizations and their leaders face the need to become more agile due to their continuously changing environment. This module elaborates on how leaders should cope with job transitions, how to change their leadership style when needed and how to face contemporary challenges such as stress and burnout. You will not only strengthen your own leadership, you will also learn how to make your team a team of leaders.  

Your Intensifying demands for high performance leadership are pressing teams and organizations everywhere to become more flexible and proactive. Senior-level executives at the helm of an organization are finding that effective leadership requires a skill set and capacity to lead that is both like and unlike what they have already experienced and learned. Today’s senior leaders need to think more strategically, communicate more persuasively, and act more decisively — all while developing the leadership of those around them.

This module focuses on strengthening your personal capacity to produce results and the capacity of others to do the same. Highly interactive, the module blends team exercises, case discussions, simulations and personal coaching sessions to help clarify your principles and goals and put them into practice. After this module, you will be able to expand your capacity to think strategically, communicate persuasively, and act decisively, and do so in a way that builds resilience in yourself, those around you and the organization.

We focus on

• take tangible actions to strengthen your own leadership and that of others

• make your team a team of leaders

• develop appreciation for your leadership by others and by you

• coach and mentor high-potential managers who report to you

• learn to lead out and up, not just down

• prepare yourself for more senior responsibilities and general management

• sustain your resilience and determination to more effectively handle uncertainty, stress, and burnout.


Session 1 – Perspectives on leadership

This session will begin with an overview of leadership paradigms and how this is reflected in a wide variety of leadership theories and models. We will present an overall framework which will enable you to identify key differentiating characteristics of the various approaches to leadership. 

Key to this session is the goal of increasing the number of ‘lenses’ you have available in your “leadership tool kit” in order to increase your ability to be effective in leading and managing the various stakeholders with whom you interact, as well as assisting others in their leadership development.

Learning goals for this session are to:

• Present the variety of leadership theories and approaches and to understand the state of the art of the Leadership models.

• Develop an appreciation for the specific contribution of the psychodynamic perspective in terms of leadership and  leadership development.

• Provide an opportunity for self-reflection and the acquisition of different perspectives on leadership.

• Become aware of the potential derailments for leaders and managers and how to avoid them.

Session 2 – Adaptive leadership

This session will focus on the difference between technical and adaptive leadership and will help you understand that success in leadership very much depends on the capacity of the leader to differentiate the adaptive from the technical task. 

Adaptive Leadership enables us to identify the essential link between leadership and change. It helps to understand explicitly that the role of the leader is to be able in the first place to create the appropriate reflective space to define and differentiate the nature and the scope of adaptive versus technical challenges. We will explore and elaborate on the tensions and dynamics triggered by these challenges. 

Learning goals for this session are to:

• Become aware of the differences between the technical and the adaptive challenges and the implications for leadership.

• Become aware of the role of the leader as being ‘disruptive’ in order to help the team and the organisation continue to grow and develop so that both can continue to evolve and thrive.

• Understand the importance of reflective space and how leaders can take their team to the “balcony”.

• Understand the risk involved in adaptive leadership for the leader him/herself.



Marcia De Wachter was the first woman to obtain  a PhD in economics at the University of Antwerp. She served in several positions at the National Bank of Belgium where she was the first woman to become Vice Governor in its 168 year history. She is founding member of the international Women’s Forum for Economy and Society. Marcia is
INSEAD and IPSIS Institute certified business and leadership coach.



Combine this module with our training “How to become an independent board member as a CFO” and "High Performance Finance".

Solvay Brussels School

Franklin Rooseveltlaan 42

1050 Brussels


The Solvay building is located in the green heart of Brussels, on the edge of the beautiful Ter Kameren forest and a 15-minute walk (or 5 minutes by public transport) from the bustling center of Brussels. If desired, there are numerous
accommodation options (hotels and (air) bnb) in the neighborhood and in the center of the city. Need help?  Do not hesitate to contact us.

1.650 euro, excl VAT

Other price formulas: 

  • You can choose to follow this module in the context of the EMF programme. If you complete all 15 modules in a period of 15 subsequent months, then you pay € 16.000. If you spread it over a period of 3 years, then you pay € 18.000. 

  • Five Module package: 7500 euro / 5x2 modules of your choice. 

  • In-company:  This training personalized as part of your in company: good idea! Call us. 


MAY 2021 28-29

MAY 2022 27-28