Academic Leadership

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Supporting inspiring & well-balanced leaders in Academia

Next level leadership in higher education

Our Academic Leadership Programmes are designed to support this and next generations of academic leaders. We provide these programs for all staffmembers with a leading role in Academia based on our vision that leadership can be demonstrated at any level.

Successful leaders know who they are and are effective in what they do. So all of our programs offer a combination of knowledge development, self-awareness and practical, reflective exercises.

Because of the different groups of people we cater, our Leadership Programmes are never a standard formula. We strive to align our programmes to the specific challenges and needs of the university/faculty and every group of participants, in order to support them optimally in fulfilling their potential and becoming an inspiring and well-balanced leader in Academia.

In any case joining an AcademicVison leadership programme is a journey through the areas of personal leadership, professional leadership and the academic context.


Academic Leadership

Academic Leadership is a programme developed to offer this and next generation leaders in Academia inspiration and support. It is built on a strong combination of knowledge development, self-awareness and practical applicability. We create an open and safe environment for the leaders to discover about their personal leadership styles, values and non-effective habits, to develop effective interpersonal leadership skills and to share experiences or challenges that they face in the academic context and cascade their new knowledge and expertise within their own institutions gaining wider impact from their participation.


"As times are changing, these leadership programs contribute incrementally to what I consider a crucial cultural shift in leadership, where connection plays a central role."

1. Who am I as a leader?

2. Personal qualities, challenges and pitfalls

3. Situational Leadership

4. Leading a team

5. Effective Communication

6. Coaching principles and skills

7. Personal effectiveness & vitality

8. Academic context & culture

The programme

The ‘Academic Leadership’ programme is designed with input of academic leaders, has a dynamic set-up and several opportunities for sharing, practicing and feedback.

The programme consists of inspiring and effective sessions, starting with a kick-off session, followed by different plenary sessions, intervision meetings and individual leadership coaching.

The plenary sessions cover different themes, related to the roles and context of academic leaders, as shown on the left. It’s possible for the university/faculty to choose a selection of themes for the plenary sessions. Based on this selection guest speakers can be invited to share their knowledge and experience.

By following this programme the participants will gain:

Personal effectiveness: More self-awareness, clarity and confidence.

Effective Leadership skills: developing knowledge and skills such as to inspire, connect and coach professionals and teams.

Professional impact: Thrive in their academic leadership role, carrying out their vision & ambition while enjoying a well-balanced life.

Femke Algra ~ Coördinator docentontwikkeling UvA

The strength of Academic Vision lies in its positive and open approach towards everyone. This encourages people to adopt an open mindset as well, igniting the spark for development and thereby enhancing insights into their own educational practices.

Femke Algra ~ Coordinator teacher development UvA

Prof. dr. P.J. (Peter) van Baalen - AcademicVision

They are able to gain one's trust with their meticulous and personal approach, which creates an inspiring learning environment. 

Peter van Balen ~ Director College Economics & Business UvA

Geerling Langenbach-AcademicVision

AcademicVision has the ability to identify what is needed within a group of people.

Geerling Langenbach ~ Director Master's degree VU  

Patricia Rausch ~ Onderwijsmanager Academy of Architecture

The strength of Academic Vision lies in their ability to effectively translate the client's needs into a tailor-made program. We consistently receive positive feedback from all participants!

Patricia Rausch ~ Educational manager Academy of Architecture


Coordinating Team

of our Academic Leadership Programs

Alies Zijlstra - AcademicVision

Alies Zijlstra

Founder, leadership coach and mediator


Jan Reinder Rosing

Partner, facilitator and leadership coach

Vivianne rond

Vivianne Tolen

Partner, leadership coach and proces leader

Frank rond

Frank Buskermolen

Consultant and leadership coach


All our support programmes and coaching sessions are evaluated by both the participants and the clients. What they appreciate in particular is: "The expertise and personal involvement of the coaches", "the open and inspring atmosphere" and "the attention for both professional ánd personal development".

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